(Sporting Alert) — EPL highlights of the games that took place on Sunday, Feb. 2, as Arsenal raced back to the top of Premier League standings.
Watch EPL Highlights: Arsenal 2, Crystal Palace 0
Watch EPL Highlights: West Brom 1, Liverpool 1
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, back in the starting lineup for the first time in an EPL game since the opening day fixture, scored both goals, as Arsenal beat Crystal Palace 2-0 and returned to the top of the EPL standings.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was delighted with the win.
“We needed to get three points and it was difficult because Crystal Palace are a united team, very well-organised with a big physical quality and impact in every challenge,” said Wenger.
“On our side we needed to be patient, intelligent and use our opportunities that most of the time come in the second half. That is what we did.”
In the day’s other game, Liverpool were held 1-1 by West Brom.
Daniel Sturridge had put the Reds ahead in the 24th minute, former Everton player Victor Anichebe scored the equalizer in the 67th minute, after Kolo Toure made a massive blunder when passing the ball back, right into the striker’s path.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers refused to blame Toure for missing the three points.
“Kolo is devastated. I said to him sometimes it is the price you pay when you try to play football,” said Rodgers.
“He shouldn’t have received the ball in the first place (from goalkeeper) Simon Mignolet, it wasn’t the time to receive it, but that is a part of our learning.”