Super Eagles playmaker Alex Iwobi is delighted to have started the new year 2017 with a goal for Arsenal in a 2-0 league win against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day.

Iwobi scored Arsenal’s second goal four minutes to the hour mark in a convincing win for the Gunners to take Arsene Wenger’s side to third on the Premier League table.

French striker Olivier Giroud had scored the opener with a superb scorpion goal in the 17th minute, before Iwobi’s doubler, which he benefited from a defensive error by the Eagles and headed home the ball.

But the 20-year-old thinks the goal is unorthodox for him scoring with a header but feels a goal is a goal nonetheless.

“It was a great feeling. It was a bit unorthodox, but a goal’s a goal and I’m happy to start 2017 with a goal,” Iwobi told his club’s official website.

“It was a great way to start the new year, to show to the fans some commitment and some desire, and I feel like we showed that today. It was a great team performance.”

But Iwobi might have felt that Giroud was lucky scoring his own goal but praised the beauty of the goal.

“That was great team play and for Oli to pull that out – I don’t think if he tried that again he could do that! It was a credit to him and it was a great ball from Alexis and a great team goal.”


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