Aug 16, 2014 at 5.30pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Arsenal
2-1
Crystal Palace
Koscielny (46'), Ramsey (91')
Chambers (44'), Cazorla (60')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Hangeland (35')
Puncheon (48'), Chamakh (68'), Kelly (77')
Puncheon (87')

Arsene Wenger hails Arsenal desire

Arsene Wenger pays tribute to his Arsenal side after Aaron Ramsey scored a late winner to beat Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener at the Emirates.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has heralded his side's mental strength after the Gunners left it late to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 tonight.

Palace looked on course to earn a hard-fought point after producing a solid defensive performance to frustrate Wenger's side at the Emirates Stadium.

However, Aaron Ramsey pounced with a 91st-minute winner to mark Arsenal's first opening-day win since 2009, and Wenger claims that the desire of his team earned them the victory.

"They made it very difficult, they defended very well and took their first opportunity," he told BBC Sport.

"After that they made it very tight, they were physically very strong and we needed to keep going. Our desire got us through."

The Eagles took a first-half lead through Brede Hangeland, but Laurent Koscielny equalised before the break.

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates his goal with team mate Mikel Arteta during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on August 16, 2014
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