Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handed Arsenal top of the league status again after two brilliantly taken goals against a stubborn Crystal Palace
The 20-year-old started in central midfield alongside captain Mikel Arteta and produced an impressive display for Arsene Wenger’s men.
The England international was relatively quiet in the first half but played with calmness on the ball and precision in his passing. But the midfielder came to life in the second half utilizing his rapid speed to unlock the resilient visitor’s backline.
His first came from a fine Santi Cazorla pass, chipping past the helpless Julian Speroni not long in the second half. Oxlade-Chamberlain then struck again to settle the tie combining impressively with striker Olivier Giroud and slotting coolly midway through the second half. Overall a very promising performance from the youngster and will be hoping he can keep his place for Arsenal’s upcoming tie against Liverpool next weekend.
Wenger told reporters of The Ox’s performance:
Look, I always believed that he could play wide and central, I said that many times that his future will be central. He has proven me right today, by scoring the goals but also by the quality of his performance. It took him a while to get back. He was injured against Aston Villa on that famous day and it took him a while to get back. Overall I’m pleased that he’s now back to full fitness. You could see that he had some cramps in the end, that he is still a bit short.
The Gunners now have a two point advantage over Man City who face Chelsea tomorrow.