Crystal Palace 1 Arsenal 2 player ratings: Was Alexis Sanchez the Gunners' star man or did Mesut Ozil steal the show?

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Damien Delaney's own goal allowed Arsenal to kickstart their Premier League season with a 2-1 away victory in the London derby against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Palace had recovered from an early mauling by a fired-up Arsenal and had started the second half brightly only for Irishman Delaney to turn Alexis Sanchez's downward header into his own net after 55 minutes.

Arsenal, beaten 2-0 at home by West Ham United on the opening weekend of the season, dominated the early exchanges and deservedly took the lead with Olivier Giroud's 16th-minute volley.

The hosts equalised against the run of play 12 minutes later when Joel Ward drilled home a low shot from outside the area only for Arsenal to resume control.

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Palace struck the woodwork through new signing Conor Wickham shortly after the break but once Arsenal went back in front they took over and limited Palace to a late flurry.