Arsenal started the New Year with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace. It was a New Year gift from the Gunners as they dominated play.

Mesut Ozil didn’t make the team because he was ill. Flamini was on the other side, maybe he felt sick playing against his buddy. In place of Ozil, Iwobi deputized as the playmaker. He summed it up with a goal.

The greatest moment of the game was Giroud’s spectacular scorpion opener. He was involved in the build up and was delighted to open Arsenal’s account for 2017. It was a much better scorpion goal than that of Mhki.

Xhaka bossed the midfield, El Neny contributed his quota before heading to the AFCON. Sadly Iwobi will not be in the AFCON with Nigeria’s failure to overcome Egypt in the qualifiers. Iwobi stays, Wenger should be happy.

The clean sheets are back. Thank you Cech and the back line. Mustafi in the team gives such confidence. Unfortunately I have sold all my Arsenal defenders on FPL.

The Cherries are next before we start the FA Cup.