Ayew happy to silence critics in Palace-Arsenal clash

Ayew happy to silence critics in Palace-Arsenal clash
Arsenal's Emile Smith Rowe (left)and Crystal Palace's Jordan Ayew battle for the ball

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Apr 05, 2022. 16:00

Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew was pleased after silencing his critics during his side’s emphatic win over Arsenal FC in the London Derby clash on Monday night.

The Ghana international scored the Eagles’ second goal as they thrashed the Gunners 3-0 in a Premier League encounter that was played at Selhurst Park.

Having netted with a left-footed strike in the 24th minute, Ayew revealed that people tend to doubt his ability to shoot with his weaker left foot.

“It’s a lovely pass [from Joachim Andersen]. it’s on my left foot – people give me stick about my left foot, but today I think I showed them that I have a good left foot,” Ayew told Palace’s official website.

“I just slotted it in. I’m very happy, and I hope it’s not the last goal I score. I hope there is more to come in the next few games.

“I’m pleased. As soon as I came back from Afcon, I didn’t really have game time, and today [Monday] I had my opportunity so I’m happy to have taken it and happy to score as well,” he added.

“It has not been easy but we keep on pushing and working, and we’re happy it paid off.”

Ayew was also thrilled with the atmosphere in south London, as the fans gave him a rapturous reception following his substitution late on.

“It’s amazing. I told the guys: I’ve never played against Arsenal and won 3-0 before. It’s amazing. This season has been really, really good. We’ve enjoyed it and hopefully, we will build on it for next year,” he continued.

“As players, we always want to do positive things. We have positive things coming ahead, like the semi-final of the FA Cup. Everyone wants to participate, and we’ll do our best to help the club achieve its goals. [The standing ovation] was nice.

“I was surprised, but obviously they have always been good to me, the fans, and I need to thank them as well. Things have not been easy. We keep on going, keep on fighting, and keep on working hard. Days like today we want often. “In life, you don’t decide – but we do our best.”

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