Arsenal began 2017 with a very comfortable 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day.
An Olivier Giroud wonder goal and Alex Iwobi effort saw the Gunners move to third place ahead of arch rivals Tottenham Hotspurs and three points off second placed Liverpool.
That looks familiar?
Arsenal started the game well and dominated from the get go but the spotlight of the half was soon solely directed on Olivier Giroud.
In an apparent bid to outshine Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s boxing day effort, Giroud pulled out a stunning scorpion kick which looped over Hennessey before hitting the crossbar on the way into the net for a phenomenal opening effort.
The goal seemed effortless as the Emirates crowed lost their minds at what is surely a goal of the year candidate already.
Iwobi finishes the job
Crystal Palace came out from half-time just one goal down and an early goal for them could have seen Sam Allardyce take a point out of his rival Arsene Wenger.
Alex Iwobi however, soon put a stop to these hopes when he finished an eventually scrappy goal just before 60 minutes to take the game away from the visitors.
The final whistle blew to give Arsenal the victory with the them having dominated possession and amounting 15 shots throughout the match.
The win coupled with Manchester Cities loss to Liverpool means that Wenger and his team now move up to third spot but will be wary of their rivals Tottenham Hotspurs who are just one point behind them.
Arsenal will next be up against Bournemouth when they travel to Dean Court on Tuesday.