2nd Feb'14, Arsenal hosted Crystal Palace at home, the game marked the onset of a daunting run of games which could prove decisive if the North London club were to harbour any hopes of ending their much maligned title draught.
The match against the eagles also saw 'Marouane Chamakh' home-coming at the Emirates after his switch the previous summer. Despite the strikers failure to establish himself due to a certain Dutchman. The home fans applauded for their previous hero.
Arsenal started neatly dominating possession in the first half with a massive 79%. However as they say that numbers don't always tell the complete story, the gunners managed to neatly move the ball around the oppositions 18 yard box without making any further progress.
This was Tony Pulis's palace side, a Welshman with a previous history of frustrating the gunner's with his derided defensive and long-ball tactics. The night certainly headed for a draw but for one man. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, the Englishman made his first premier league start since the opening day of the season and took the chance quite well nipping in two beautiful goals and securing not only 3 points but a massive physiological boost ahead of a crucial fixture list.