Arsenal kicked off their 2014-15 Premier League campaign with a narrow 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace, leaving new signing Calum Chambers delighted.
The 19-year-old, who joined the North London club from Southampton last month for a reported transfer fee of £16 million, made his debut for the Gunners in the English top flight on Saturday and gave a pretty good account of himself in central defence at the Emirates Stadium.
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Then on Sunday, Chambers took to social networking site Twitter to revel in the Gunners’ win against their London neighbours.
Thank you for all the messages! It was a great result for us yesterday and good way to kick off the season— Calum Chambers (@CalumChambers95) August 17, 2014
Arsenal may have picked up three points against 10-man Palace, but they had to work hard for them and were not at their best.
Despite dominating possession (76% to 24% of Palace) and having thrice as many shots on goal as their opponents (6 to 2), Arsene Wenger’s side did show a lack of creativity and imagination during certain periods of the contest.
Indeed, Arsenal had to wait until injury time to secure the three points, thanks to Aaron Ramsey popping up deep inside the Palace penalty box to slam the ball home, and had actually gone behind in the first half much against the run of play.
Reading too much into Arsenal’s performance against Palace would be unwise – after all, this was their first game of the league campaign and they were without some key players including star playmaker Mesut Ozil – but there is room for improvement for Wenger’s team.