After Arsenal's win against Crystal Palace here are five things we learned.
Arsenal won 2-1 against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, with goals from Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey earning the points after the Eagles had taken the lead.
Brede Hangeland netted the opener for the visitors in the 35th minute, but Koscielny equalised on the stroke of half-time before Ramsey did what he does best, scoring in injury-time.
The result was a fantastic start to the season for Arsene Wenger’s men, as they look to develop following major investment in the squad this summer.
Three summer signings made their first competitive Emirates appearances in the form of Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez. And here we take a look at five things we learned from the match:
Chambers continues to impress
Calum Chambers looked composed in the heart of Arsenal’s defence and his performance raised questions as to just who will be the regular centre-back pairing when everyone is fully fit and available.
It would be foolish to get too carried away given Chambers’ age and the fact that Koscielny and Per Mertesacker are of course the undisputed first-choice pairing. But against Palace, Chambers shone.
One change could signal another
Arsenal won their opening league match of the season for the first time in five attempts.
With many tipping the Gunners to build on their FA Cup success last season, could this slight change indicate that a bigger one is on the horizon? It may be too early to tell, but the simple fact is Arsenal refused to be beaten despite falling behind, and that fight-to-the-end attitude can only be good for the challenges ahead.
Sanchez showed glimpse of what is to come
Alexis Sanchez may not have scored for the Gunners but he certainly impressed with his creativity and it was he who set up Koscielny for the equaliser.
The Chilean international looked composed on the ball and it is only a matter of time before he nets his first for the club…and then the flood-gates could open.
Arteta proved he deserved captaincy
It may have surprised many when Mikel Arteta was named as Arsenal’s new captain, but the Spaniard showed what he can do against Palace and was a major part in his side’s victory. Completing more passes than any other Premier League player on Saturday, the midfielder was the quiet catalyst for his side’s triumph.
Things will not be easy for Arsenal this season
Palace showed what could be a regular occurrence for Arsenal in the months ahead, making it extremely hard for the Gunners to carve out chances and almost holding out for a valuable point. Wenger will know that his side will face plenty of tough tasks ahead but it was impressive how they overcame the first hurdle; only 37 more to go.