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“He was the best player on the pitch, impressive. A star” – Hodgson Pours Encomium on Eze

Crystal Palace veteran manager, Roy Hodgson, almost ran out of complimentary words to describe Nigerian winger, Eberechi Eze, after his side earned a vital point and cleansheet at the Emirates.

Arsenal came into the game on the back of a renaissance that had seen them overcome their early season blip and win 4 games on the trot having won none in their 8 league games before that.

They however came against a determined Crystal Palace side herded by 73-year-old Englishman, Roy Hodgson.

Their solid defence performance made it difficult for Arsenal penetrate an organised rearguard, managing just 4 shots on target.

But it was the visitors that threatened to run away with the lead as they had three glorious chances presented to their centre forward, Christian Benteke, but the Belgian struggled to put away any of it.

They also gave Arsenal a real scare when vice captain, James Tomkin’s header, ricocheted off the post, minutes before halftime.

In line with their sturdy performance, Eze also was graceful when he had the ball at his feet, although he was deployed in a more withdrawn left midfielder position.

He completed a game-high 6 dribbles and created 3 chances, the most in the game, easily outperforming and gradually dethroning Wilfred Zaha as the Eagles’ main man.

His performance had Hodgson speaking in adulation on the 22-year-old,

“[He was the] best player on the pitch. Eze has been so influential though I actually want to see more of him. (He’s) Very impressive he’s a star man. When he’s on the ball he’s so exciting to watch.”

 

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