Arsene Wenger hailed a superb display from Mesut Ozil in Arsenal's 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Crystal Palace 

Olivier Giroud's stunning volley and a Damien Delaney own goal ensured Arsenal bounced back from their opening-day defeat to West Ham and registered their first three points of the campaign at Selhurst Park.

Giroud's strike was the most eye-catching moment in the match but it was Ozil who was the stand-out player, dictating the visitors' attacks with a number of exquisite passes.

"It is a pleasure to watch the quality of his passing and the intelligence of his passing," Wenger said.

"What I want from him is a few more goals this season. For the rest of the build-up in the game he was magnificent.

"He works harder than people think he does. He is not spectacular in his defending but he wants to do the job, he wants to help the team.

"What I liked in his game today was he made many runs without the ball behind the defenders which is a bit new as he likes to come with the ball but today he mixed up his game better."

The Gunners have not lost to Palace since October 1994 but Alan Pardew's side offered a stern test and looked capable of earning a point when Joel Ward drove home an equaliser just before the half-hour mark.

"This is a difficult place for everybody to come and to win," Wenger said. "I'm sure they will beat many strong teams here and to get the three is already a little bit of a turning point in the Premier League for us.

To lose today would have been a big blow mentally...

17/08/15

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