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Damien Delaney's own-goal hands Arsenal a first league win of the season

The Ireland defender put the ball into his own net in the second half of a 2-1 victory for the Gunners at Selhurst Park.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Selhurst Park Delaney diverts the ball past goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. Source: John Walton

Updated at 15.30 

ARSENAL GOT BACK on track after their opening day meltdown as Olivier Giroud’s superb volley inspired a 2-1 Premier League win against Crystal Palace.

Arsene Wenger’s side were embarrassed by a woeful 2-0 home defeat against West Ham United last weekend, but they went some way to restoring their confidence with a gritty display at Selhurst Park.

While it was still far from a vintage Arsenal performance, there were reasons for Wenger to be encouraged — none more significant than the memorable strike from much-criticised France forward Giroud which opened the scoring in the first half.

 

Also heartening for Wenger was the way Arsenal refused to be shaken by Joel Ward’s excellent equaliser, keeping their equilibrium to regain the lead through a Damien Delaney own goal and holding firm in the closing stages to secure their first win of the season.

 

 

The Gunners hadn’t lost at Palace since 1979 and extending that run was essential as Wenger’s team try to avoid a repeat of the slow start that shattered their title challenge last season.

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