Fiji Time: 5:42 PM on Tuesday 1 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Back at the top

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

LONDON - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored twice as Arsenal recorded a 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace yesterday that took them back to the top of the English Premier League.

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-placed Chelsea early this morning.

The result put Arsene Wenger's side back into 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.

With Oxlade-Chamberlain in central midfield alongside Mikel Arteta, Arsenal quickly assumed control at the Emirates Stadium, but they struggled to make inroads against Tony Pulis's well-drilled Palace.

The visitors had new goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey on the bench, but their current number one Julian Speroni seemed determined to stake a claim to the jersey.

He produced two excellent saves to thwart first Nacho Monreal and then Laurent Koscielny, before bravely diving at Bacary Sagna's feet shortly before halftime.

It had been a disciplined and hard-working display from Palace but, two minutes into the second half, they fell behind.

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 Speroni.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was quickly called into action at the other end, saving a header from Cameron Jerome at point-blank range, 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.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62880.6098
JPY 58.514955.5149
GBP 0.31210.3041
EUR 0.44510.4331
NZD 0.72120.6882
AUD 0.65360.6286
USD 0.47300.4560



Exchange Rate updated on 1st December 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Horrific crime
  2. Man in the dark on police complaint
  3. Former manager, businessman front court
  4. Miss Fiji in top 10 at world pageant
  5. David and Goliath
  6. Sexual assault against minors
  7. Delainamasi's best targets Flying Fijians
  8. Talks on removal of sunken ship ongoing
  9. FSC marks success
  10. Helipad plan receives $70k boost

Top Stories this Week

  1. Left for dead Wednesday (25 Nov)
  2. MV Suilven sinks Wednesday (25 Nov)
  3. Bomb threat Monday (30 Nov)
  4. Torture suspects known to police Thursday (26 Nov)
  5. Sex assault claim Thursday (26 Nov)
  6. Father of two sent to prison Wednesday (25 Nov)
  7. Terror attack survey ranks Fiji 11th out of 21 Monday (30 Nov)
  8. Students drown, three dead over the weekend Monday (30 Nov)
  9. Police chief refutes report Monday (30 Nov)
  10. Horrific crime Tuesday (01 Dec)