Michael Owen comments on Arsenal’s display against Crystal Palace

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen hails Aaron Ramsey, but believes that Arsenal were not at their best against Crystal Palace.

Arsenal kicked off their 2014-15 Premier League campaign with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday, but it did not ‘convince’ former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen.

The Gunners scored in injury time through Wales international midfielder Aaron Ramsey at the Emirates Stadium to register the narrow win against the Eagles, who ended the game with 10 men after Jason Puncheon was sent off just prior to that goal (click here to read more).

Owen was watching the match, and he does not believe that Arsenal played to their best, despite being the only English top-flight team to win at home on Saturday.

It was indeed an ‘unconvincing’ win for Arsenal, who lacked imagination and creativity for large periods of the 90 minutes.

Although Arsene Wenger’s side started the game brightly, they conceded the opening goal of the contest in the 35th minute when Brede Hangeland headed home.

Laurent Koscielny equalised for Arsenal on the stroke of half time, but it took until injury time for the Gunners to secure the win.

Once again, it was star midfielder Ramsey who delivered the goods, popping up on the edge of the Palace six-yard box to slam home the winner.

  TeamPosGoalsOntarget Scoring AttWon TackleDuel WonAccurate PassAppsMins
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal MF 1 2 4 9 92 1 90

Arsenal were helped in parts by the dismissal of Palace star Jason Puncheon for a second bookable offence in the 89th minute, and some could argue that they were lucky to open the new season with a win.

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