It’s Tony Time! Which Musicals Will Come Out on Top?

first_imgBEST ORIGINAL SCOREFRONTRUNNERSLeft: Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatrick, Something Rotten! — This country songwriting brother act has delivered a vibrant score filled with showstoppers and will get their first nom. Right: Lisa Kron (lyrics) & Jeanine Tesori (music), Fun Home — Kron and Tesori, a four-time nominee, are basically guaranteed a spot for their deeply felt score filled with unshakable moments.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Gary Barlow & Eliot Kennedy, Finding Neverland — A pop-flavored score doesn’t always impress nominators, but this duo deserves love for their bright tunes.John Kander & Fred Ebb, The Visit — This legendary duo’s final collaboration (Ebb died in 2004) is mysterious, moving and finally on Broadway.Sting, The Last Ship — After pouring his heart into his autobiographical musical, this music superstar is likely to earn well-deserved respect from nominators.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTJason Robert Brown, Honeymoon in Vegas — Last year’s winner in the category (for The Bridges of Madison County) wrote a bright, bouncy ode to musical comedy scores of the ’60s and ’70s and some of the most singable songs of the season.ALSO POSSIBLEDoctor Zhivago, It Shoulda Been You BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft to Right: Sam Gold, Fun Home — Not only did he create a stirring staging when the show premiered downtown, he restaged the entire musical in the round on Broadway, earning even better reviews.Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten! — The current golden boy of Broadway musicals should earn his third directing nod for this hilarious new musical that he helped craft out of thin air.Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris — To see his show is to be dazzled by his talents as not only a choreographer, but as a visionary director.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:John Doyle, The Visit — The Tony winner has created a dark, beautiful world that should excite nominators.Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland — It’s hard to imagine this magical new musical taking flight without the extraordinary vision of this always-reliable past winner.John Rando, On the Town — He hasn’t been nominated since he won in 2001 for Urinetown, but this always-working director has earned big respect for dusting off a classic and turning it into a hit.Bartlett Sher, The King and I — He won a Tony for another Rodgers and Hammerstein hit, and is definitely in the running this year for this classy revival.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTBill Condon, Side Show — Thank you, Bill Condon, for bringing Daisy and Violet Hilton back to Broadway in a gorgeous new staging. It truly will never leave us.ALSO POSSIBLEScott Ellis, On the Twentieth Century; Gary Griffin, Honeymoon in Vegas; Kenny Leon, Holler If Ya Hear Me; Joe Mantello, The Last Ship; Des McAnuff, Doctor Zhivago; David Hyde Pierce, It Shoulda Been You; Eric Schaefer, Gigi BEST BOOK OF A MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft: Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell, Something Rotten! — Both Broadway newcomers, this pair wrote one of the funniest scripts for a new musical in years and will be honored appropriately.Right: Lisa Kron, Fun Home — The acclaimed playwright will be in the running for her musical debut, in which she deftly adapted Alison Bechdel’s book for the stage.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:James Graham, Finding Neverland — This British playwright is new to Broadway and in the running for his elegant, moving stage version of the popular movie.Craig Lucas, An American in Paris — Twenty-five years after getting a Best Play nom for Prelude to a Kiss, this esteemed playwright is likely to be remembered for the impressive feat of adaptating the beloved film for Broadway.John Logan & Brian Yorkey, The Last Ship — The two respected writers teamed up to craft an engaging story of family, religion, rekindled love and, yes, shipbuilding, inspired by Sting’s life.Terrence McNally, The Visit — A two-time winner in the category, McNally is a contender for the long-brewing project that turned a bizarre play into the ultimate Chita Rivera vehicle.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTTodd Kreidler, Holler if Ya Hear Me — Looking back on the season, we’re filled with mad respect for this August Wilson protege who turned the songs of Tupac into a searing urban story with poetry and pathos.ALSO POSSIBLEDoctor Zhivago, Honeymoon in Vegas, It Shoulda Been You BEST CHOREOGRAPHYFRONTRUNNERSLeft to Right:Joshua Bergasse, On the Town — This former chorus boy is now a big-time choreographer who will be honored for kicking off the ballet revival on Broadway this season.Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten! — Nobody can make a classic Broadway showstopper like this guy. Nobody.Christopher Wheldon, An American in Paris — This ballet icon slipped into the category with a nom for his jazz-infused work on the flop Sweet Smell of Success, but this year he’s a big-time frontrunner.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Warren Carlyle, On the Twentieth Century — He won last year for After Midnight and could easily be a contender again for his classic Broadway work in the splashy revival.Graciela Daniele, The Visit — Never count out this eight-time nominee, who has staged some beautiful new dances to show off her friend and icon Chita Rivera.Christopher Gattelli, The King and I — This past winner is in the running, assuming nominators can tell where original stager Jerome Robbins’ work ended and his began.Mia Michaels, Finding Neverland — So you think you can Broadway? This contemporary dance star sure can, creating unforgettable numbers with Pan and co.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTSteven Hoggett, The Last Ship — Last year, he crafted boxing matches for Rocky Balboa and this year, he made believable dance numbers for the manliest ship builders you’ve ever seen. We can’t wait to see what’s next.ALSO POSSIBLEJoshua Bergasse, Gigi; Wayne Cilento, Holler If Ya Hear Me; Kelly Devine, Doctor Zhivago; Denis Jones, Honeymoon in Vegas; Danny Mefford, Fun Home; Josh Rhodes, It Shoulda Been You; Anthony Van Laast, Side ShowStay tuned for more Tony cheat sheets! BEST MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft to Right:An American in Paris — This throwback to the kind of romantic musicals that actually make you want to be in love will land lots of nominations, including this one.Fun Home — This expertly crafted, deeply felt musical about real people with real struggles will become the first Best Musical nominee based on a graphic novel (of all things!).Something Rotten!  — A completely original musical comedy about the first musical comedy, and audiences can’t get enough? It’s a slam dunk for a nomination.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Finding Neverland  — If nominators have a heart, they’ll acknowledge this moving family-friendly show with Tony love.Honeymoon in Vegas — Although this musical comedy recently closed on Broadway, it deserves to be remembered.The Visit  — Although this dark creation might not be everyone’s cup of tea, Kander and Ebb’s final musical collaboration is total Tony bait.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTThe Last Ship — The musical inspired by Sting’s childhood in a shipbuilding town never caught on, but it lives on in our hearts and on our iPods.ALSO POSSIBLEDoctor Zhivago, Holler if Ya Hear Me, It Shoulda Been Youcenter_img OMG, it’s Tony time! We’re totally obsessing at the offices over which shows, creatives and stars will wake up to good news on April 28, the morning that this year’s Tony nominees are announced. Because we know you’re in the same boat, we’re running through the top categories to offer our take on the frontrunners, hopefuls and a special Shout Out that we hope won’t be forgetten. Today, we’re kicking it off with the top musical categories! BEST MUSICAL REVIVALLeft to Right: Gigi, The King and I, On the Twentieth Century, On the Town, Side ShowFive shows, four slots. Yikes! The King and I is big and grand and definitely a shoo-in. On the Twentieth Century and On the Town are both lively productions of musical comedies that are rarely on Broadway and will both be acknowledged. The final slot comes down to Gigi or Side Show, both polished new takes on tarnished musicals. Although it’s closed, Side Show seems to have the edge. View Commentslast_img read more

Flu Season Strikes Early, 15K Reported Cases in NY

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A nurse administers an influenza virus vaccine to a patient. (CDC photo)Health officials are urging the public to take preventive measures against seasonal influenza, which has burst upon the scene earlier—and stronger—than previous years.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that most of the country is experiencing high levels of flu-like illnesses, with 41 states reporting widespread influenza activity.“More persons are seeking medical care,” said Dr. Janice Verley of Nassau University Medical Center. “Almost double than the usual baseline for flu season.”The number of reported cases in New York State is staggering. More than 15,000 positive influenza laboratory results have been reported to the state department of health during this flu season compared to 4,404 last season.As of Dec. 31 in Nassau County, there were 1,214 confirmed cases of Influenza A, the strain accounting for most of the illnesses this season, and 193 confirmed accounts of Influenza B. Data for Suffolk County wasn’t immediately available.“While we can’t say for certain how severe this season will be, we can say that a lot of people are getting sick with influenza and we are getting reports of severe illness and hospitalizations,” Dr. Joe Bresee of the CDC said in a statement.Officials from the CDC, county health departments and local doctors say the best way to combat the virus is through vaccination.“The side effects of the vaccine are generally mild or limited,” said Verley.For the stubborn type that refuse to get inoculated, doctors recommend a thorough scrub and practicing good hygiene. Those with a cough and the sniffles should wash their hands regularly, officials said. Those who come down with the virus should do their part to prevent the illness from spreading by staying home from work or school.Influenza has already been blamed for the deaths of 18 children nationwide.The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older. Babies under six months can’t be vaccinated so parents are urged to get vaccinated to prevent spreading the illness to their child.Those most at risk to contract influenza are people over 50, pregnant women, anyone with a weakened immune system and children younger than 2.Google’s Flu Trend map. Different colors represent flu activity. NY’s flu activity is considered “intense.” Google’s Flu Trend map (Photo: read more

Two strategies in one

first_imgAmbiguity. Complexity. Uncertainty. Volatility. That sums up the degree and pace of change that credit unions face every day. Where is that legendary and chock-full-of-stability “3-6-3 Rule” of yesteryear (borrow at 3 percent, lend at 6 percent, and tee-off at 3 P.M.)? To generate sustainable value within the high stakes of imprecision, it’s essential that credit unions take a methodical approach to refining their strategic flexibility.Long stretches of characteristic steadiness are remnants of years past. Blame it on deregulation, technology, member expectations, and more; once you work out a strategy, it’s out-of-date – or so it seems. Perhaps, as markets season, great growth opportunities exist for those willing and able to grow both a core business model on low margins and an adjacent model and market outside of the deposits and lending business of the credit union.One mid-sized credit union accepted that its bread and butter operations were bound to produce 50 basis points of profit from here on out. Its members expected a low-fee, no-fee model and were of top borrowing quality. As its assets grew, the margins remained the same. How could it increase its profit margin when the earning base was made up of the same types of assets and liabilities? And how could it continue to support its earning base and not sacrifice service to its members?The answer was a dual strategy: protect the core business of the credit union and grow new revenue streams outside of business as usual. Mainly through CUSOs, the credit union implemented mortgage origination outside its membership, insurance and financial services, business lending (soon to grow to a larger, commercial scale), and purchased several boutique firms that specialize in financial matters. Where the core business continues to provide a sustainable source of profit and capital accumulation, the back strategy has added more than 10 basis points of consolidated profit (and it’s growing).At the credit union’s planning session, the CEO explained that her anticipation of “where the market was going” was more than what was true in the moment. In her estimation, the truth of the future was a model that could succeed, but with lower margins, steady growth, and a lot of scale. New levels of profit would require new sources of revenue that added value outside of standard credit union operations. Even more positive was a loyal and growing membership base that continued to appreciate the financial benefits of credit union membership and provided a reliable and developed market for add-on value beyond financial services basics. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Millennials get it, but do credit unions get it?

first_imgIncreasing numbers of millennials are choosing credit unions over big banks for a number of reasons. When credit unions understand these reasons and focus on improving them, their average membership age will drop and overall membership will increase. Despite the incredible growth credit unions have experienced in recent years, the member-owned financial cooperative movement remains on the threshold of major expansion.In her summary of the reasons millennials are choosing credit unions over banks, Samantha Paxson, Chief Marketing Officer, CO-OP Financial Services, sites commitment to edifying and serving members, trust, and philanthropy among the top nine.Clearly, financial education pays innumerable dividends, and it’s never too early to begin. When you reach children as young as kindergarten age, you not only help them form good habits, but also reach their (millennial-age) parents. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Retail sales see ‘modest’ growth in November

first_imgNAFCU continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img Total retail sales rose 0.2 percent in November, with sales within the control group increasing by 0.1 percent. NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long reacted to the “modest” rise in a new NAFCU Macro Data Flash report.“Solid job growth will continue to drive moderate retail sales growth into the medium-term, although wage growth is slowing. Growth remains weak in housing-related categories as spending has not followed increased home sales, ” said Long. “Trade tensions are an unpredictable risk, destined to change weekly and cause some uncertainty.”Year-over-year growth in retail sales was 3.3 percent in November, up from 3.2 percent the previous month. Control group sales increased by 3.5 percent from a year ago.Among the major retail segments, five of the 13 sales categories showed month-over-month declines, with personal care stores and clothing stores seeing the sharpest drops.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Calls for Universal Masking

first_imgGov. Wolf Calls for Universal Masking Press Release,  Public Health Masks Can Help Stop COVID-19 SpreadDuring a COVID-19 press briefing today Governor Tom Wolf recommended that all Pennsylvanians wear a mask any time they leave their homes for life-sustaining reasons. As COVID-19 cases steadily rise in the state, Gov. Wolf stressed the need to intensify all measures to help stop the spread of the virus.“Two days ago, I amplified our social distancing efforts by instituting a statewide stay-at-home order, and today I am asking all Pennsylvanians to wear a mask any time they leave their houses,” Gov. Wolf said. “Masks help prevent people from sharing illnesses. But, they don’t do a great job at keeping people from getting sick; and, they’re not foolproof, so it is critical that our first act is to ask ourselves if we really need to leave our house. If we don’t really, truly need to leave, then we shouldn’t.”“Staying home is the most effective way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19,” Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “But, if you must go out because you are out of food or medication, then wearing a mask, or even a bandana across your nose and mouth, could be an extra layer of protection.“You don’t need a surgical mask – we need those for our health care workers and first responders. We have guidance on universal masking on our website, including instructions on how to make your own mask using materials you have at home.”As of midnight, Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 cases stand at 8,420 in 63 counties with 102 deaths. Gov. Wolf’s statewide stay-at-home order asks Pennsylvanians in all 67 counties to not leave their homes unless it’s for life-sustaining reasons. Today, he asked that wearing a mask during those life-sustaining trips becomes the norm.“Wearing a mask will help us cut down the possibility that we might be infecting an innocent bystander, like the grocery store cashier, the pharmacist, or someone stocking shelves,” Gov. Wolf said. “These people are keeping us alive by getting us the supplies we need. We owe it to them to do everything we can to keep them safe. Right now, that means wearing a mask.”For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: this information in Spanish here. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img April 03, 2020last_img read more

This Hamptons-inspired waterfront home is up for grabs

first_img9 Rowes Court, SorrentoVendor Troy Lee said the home at 9 Rowes Court looked completely different when he bought it in 2015.He and his partner, Alita, fell in love with it from the moment they set eyes on it.“We only looked at the property one day before (we bought it),” Mr Lee said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHowever, they knew it needed work.From replacing the property’s wiring and plumbing to installing new bathrooms and a kitchen, the couple have transformed the home.“It was great fun, it came up really well,” Mr Lee said.He said the home’s Bali hut was a standout feature when they bought the home.“It was probably one of the largest we’ve ever seen on a property,” Mr Lee said.They have since turned it into what’s affectionately known as the “beach pavilion”. 9 Rowes Court, Sorrento 9 Rowes Court, Sorrento 9 Rowes Court, Sorrento“The beach pavilion is probably our favourite spot,” Mr Lee said.“It ties the inside of the house to the outside.”The home sits on an 875sq m parcel of land.Bi-fold doors open the combined living, dining and kitchen area up onto the beach pavilion and terraced area, which overlooks the water and Gold Coast skyline.Mr Lee said the space was perfect for entertaining guests.There is also a pool surrounded by a tropical garden, sunbathing deck and pontoon outside.Mr Lee also loved the designer kitchen’s marble island benchtop, which he sourced specifically for the home.It also has a four-car garage, ducted and zoned airconditioning and a secured boat shed. 9 Rowes Court, SorrentoTHIS Hamptons-inspired waterfront home at Sorrento is what dreams are made of.It exudes luxury with a white interior, modern fixtures and a range of natural materials including oak, Carrara marble and polished stone throughout.Extensive renovations have refreshed the five-bedroom home’s style.last_img read more

Attack on Syria’s Idlib kills at least 15

first_imgBEIRUT – Anattack by Syrian government forces in Idlib, northwestern Syria killed at least15 and wounded others at a displaced persons camp on Wednesday, according tothe Syrian civil defense. Women cry at a funeral for Syrian Democratic Forces fighters in the Syrian Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli on Nov. 16. DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES Syria’snorthwest corner is the last major territory still in rebel hands after overeight years of war. Russia – whichsupports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country’s civil war – andTurkey co-sponsored a de-escalation agreement for the area earlier this year. The region ishome to hundreds of thousands of people who fled other parts of Syria asgovernment forces advanced through the country since Moscow joined the war onthe side of Assad in 2015.(Reuters)last_img read more

Anelka on ‘indefinite leave’

first_imgWest Brom have granted Nicolas Anelka indefinite compassionate leave following the death of his agent Eric Manasse, Press Association Sport understands. Anelka, who made his Baggies debut in Saturday’s defeat by Southampton, spoke to the club’s sporting and technical director Richard Garlic this morning after being informed of the news. It was decided the 34-year-old former France striker should be given time off to grieve, although reports he has retired are believed to be premature at this stage. West Brom had announced on their official website that Anelka has been given permission to miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Everton on “compassionate grounds”. While Anelka’s brother Claude is more widely known as his agent, the Frenchman’s affairs are also handled by Manasse with whom it is believed he had a close relationship. It is understood that West Brom have opted against setting a timeframe for Anelka’s return to duty given the nature of his absence, but his future is clearly now in some doubt with both club and player in limbo. “West Bromwich Albion can confirm that Nicolas Anelka will not be involved in Saturday’s game at Everton,” read a statement. “The club have excused the striker from club duty on compassionate grounds.” Anelka joined West Brom on a free transfer in July having completed a loan spell at Juventus when his lucrative move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua turned sour. The well-travelled former Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea striker agreed a one-year deal with the Baggies with an option for a further season. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Giroud volley helps Arsenal to win

first_img Palace, though, were level on 28 minutes with another fine goal. Patient build-up saw the ball worked across to the left of the Arsenal box, where Yannick Bolasie chested the ball to McArthur who laid it off to Ward, some 25 yards out. The defender then drilled a low shot into the far corner, just out of Petr Cech’s reach. Arsenal looked reassert their dominance before half-time, with Aaron Ramsey’s near-post flick forcing McCarthy into a smart save. Palace came close to taking the lead at the start of the second half when Connor Wickham got ahead of Laurent Koscielny to turn Wilfried Zaha’s right-wing cross against the near post. It was Arsenal who eventually went 2-1 ahead on 55 minutes. Hector Bellerin’s deep cross from the Palace right was headed back down goalwards by a huge leap from Sanchez, and the ball cannoned into the net off Eagles captain Delaney. The Palace fans were in uproar when Francis Coquelin, who had been booked in the first half, clattered into McArthur right in front of the referee, but Lee Mason decided against issuing a second yellow card. Wenger was taking no further risks with the French midfielder, as he was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on 64 minutes. Aaron Ramsey could have made the closing stages more comfortable, but he drilled over after being teed up by another superb chipped pass from Ozil. In stoppage time, Oxlade-Chamberlain was denied by a smart save from McCarthy after a breakaway down the right. TWEET OF THE MATCH “#Giroud oooooooff! That’s been on the cards…arsenal been getting through palace far too often from the start….techniiiiiiique!” – Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) on Giroud’s goal. PLAYER RATINGS Crystal Palace Alex McCarthy: 7 (out of 10) Joel Ward: 8 Scott Dann: 7 Damien Delaney: 5 Pape Souare: 5 James McArthur: 7 Yohan Cabaye: 6 Yannick Bolasie: 7 Jason Puncheon: 6 Wilfried Zaha: 6 Connor Wickham: 5 Subs Jordon Mutch: 5 Lee Chung-yong: 6 Patrick Bamford: 6 Arsenal Petr Cech: 6 Hector Bellerin: 7 Per Mertesacker: 6 Laurent Koscielny: 5 Nacho Monreal: 5 Santi Cazorla: 7 Francis Coquelin: 5 Aaron Ramsey: 7 Alexis Sanchez: 8 Mesut Ozil: 9 Olivier Giroud: 8 Subs Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7 Mikel Arteta: 5 Kieran Gibbs: 5 STAR PLAYER Mesut Ozil: The German was a class apart at Selhurst Park, dazzling with a number of exquisite passes including the assist for Giroud’s opening goal. Ozil has struggled for consistency since arriving in the Premier League but this was one of his most impressive performances in an Arsenal shirt. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Giroud’s goal: Giroud opened his account for the season in some style as Ozil floated over an inviting cross and the Frenhcman launched himself into the air, before directing an acrobatic volley into the corner with his left foot. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Arsene Wenger will be relieved to have seen his side bounce back from their shock opening day defeat to West Ham but there were enough chinks in Arsenal’s defensive armour to suggest there is work to do if the Gunners are to win the title this year. Pardew’s side arguably deserved a draw but they were too open and allowed their opponents too much freedom to attack. MOAN OF THE MATCH Coquelin was fortunate not to be sent off at the end of the first half after he pushed over Wilfried Zaha to stop a counter-attack. Referee Lee Mason, however, spared the midfielder a second yellow card, much to the dismay of both Pardew and the Palace fans. WHO’S UP NEXT Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (Premier League, Saturday, 22 August) Arsenal v Liverpool (Premier League, Monday 24 August) Giroud thought there were aspects Arsenal could improve upon but admitted collecting the first three-point haul of the season, after defeat to West Ham last week, was their main objective. “Before the game we really needed the three points to bounce back after the performance at home when we lost against West Ham,” he told Sky Sports 1. “We really wanted to play our game even if we won this afternoon, we could have killed the game before but it was nice for the suspense.” Giroud accepts the Gunners were always likely to face criticism after their season-opening defeat but believes they proved their credentials as title challengers by bouncing back against Palace. He said: “You always get criticised when you lose, especially at home. We said at the beginning of the championship that we want more, we want to win the league and join the title race. “When you say that you have to face expectations, and it was a bad performance from us. “Even if we lost last week, the most important thing in football is to bounce back the week after and keep your faith in your game and that’s what we tried to do and succeeded in doing well today. “We need to keep it up for next Monday against Liverpool. Big, big game.” As for his stunning goal, Giroud added: “It’s always nice to score when you’re a striker, especially a goal like that first touch. I felt really good physically in the game, it’s nice for the future.” The Gunners produced the required response from their opening day defeat at home by West Ham with a determined display at Selhurst Park, where German playmaker Mesut Ozil delivered a stand-out performance. The German’s floated cross was smashed home by Giroud on 16 minutes, and although defender Joel Ward drilled in a 25-yard equaliser before the break, a deflected header from Alexis Sanchez in off Damien Delaney proved enough for a hard-earned victory. Press Association Manager Arsene Wenger had opted to start Sanchez, the Chile forward only just back from an extended summer break following the Copa America. It was Sanchez who should have put the Gunners ahead on seven minutes following a lightning break. Francis Coquelin fed Ozil down the left, and he in turn released Sanchez into the Palace penalty area. The Chile forward’s first touch was heavy, pushing him wide, with Ward recovering to block his shot before James McArthur was back on the line to boot away the goal-bound follow-up. Arsenal did take the lead on 16 minutes with a superb goal from Giroud. Ozil dispossessed Ward on the left, looked up and floated a ball across to the penalty area. Giroud arched backwards before the 6ft 3in France striker dispatched a left-foot volley of the highest order into the bottom corner. Arsenal remained on the offence, with Sanchez’s low, angled drive saved at full stretch by Alex McCarthy before being hacked away in the six-yard box. Olivier Giroud’s stunning volley helped Arsenal battle to a 2-1 Barclays Premier League win at Crystal Palace. last_img read more