There was huge relief at the Selhurst Park from the Arsenal fan base as the Gunners picked up their first win of the 2015/2016 season.
Olivier Giroud scored Arsenal’s first goal with an overhead kick in the 16th minute from a Mesut Ozil assist, but the celebration died down when Joe Ward unleashed a long-range shot that beat Petr Cech who could be forgiven for expecting Laurent Koscieslny to block the effort.
Arsenal dominated the first half although there was the occasional fast paced counter attacking forays made by the nimble footed Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha.
Arsenal needed a big favour from Palace captain Damien Delaney who scored an own goal in the 55th whilst trying to clear a header from Alexis Sanchez.
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew will be frustrated by the decision of referee Lee Mason not to have sent off Francis Coquelin who committed two fouls that deserved to be punished.
The relief in Arsene Wenger’s face at the end of the game was apparent. He will now rally his troops to go for another victory next week Monday, August 24, when they Liverpool who themselves face Bournemouth this Monday night.