Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shoots twice for Gunners
London: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored twice as Arsenal recorded a 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace last night that took them back to the top of the Premier League table.
Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right) shoots to score against Crystal Palace last night. Pic/AFP
Making his first league start since the season's opening day, Oxlade-Chamberlain scored both goals in the second half to send Arsenal two points above Manchester City, who host third-place Chelsea on tonight.
The result got Arsene Wenger's side back to winning ways after the 2-2 draw at Southampton that cost them top spot, while Palace were left one place above the relegation zone after a first defeat in three league games.
In the 47th minute, former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh allowed Oxlade-Chamberlain to run into the box behind him and when the scheming Santi Cazorla picked out the England man with a dinked pass, he coolly lifted the ball over 'keeper Julian Speroni.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was quickly called into action at the other end, saving a header from Cameron Jerome, but Oxlade-Chamberlain's second goal in the 73rd minute settled the game.
The powerful 20-year-old, nicknamed 'The Ox', played a slick one-two with Olivier Giroud before cutting into the Palace box from the left and letting fly with a low drive that Speroni could not keep out.
Comments will be moderated and allowed if they are relevant to the article and not abusive in nature. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *