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Arsenal defender Mertesacker: Szczesny crucial for Palace win

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker says Wojciech Szczesny deserved to take a bow for his performance in victory at Crystal Palace.

Szczesny produced two stunning stops to deny Joel Ward and Mile Jedinak and preserve the 1-0 lead Mikel Arteta had earlier given them from the spot.

Mertesacker said: "We haven't needed the goalkeeper much this season but in situations like that we desperately need him and he did a great job."

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