December 12 2013 Latest news:
By Ben Kosky at Selhurst Park
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Premier League: Crystal Palace 0 Arsenal 2
Mikel Arteta netted the opening goal and was then sent off as Arsenal’s 10 men held on to beat managerless Palace at Selhurst Park.
The Spaniard scored from the penalty spot early in the second half, but was then controversially sent off after a clash with ex-Gunners striker Marouane Chamakh.
But Palace were unable to make the most of their numerical advantage and Olivier Giroud headed in a late second to seal victory for the league leaders.
Giroud went close early on for the visitors, outjumping Danny Gabbidon to meet Bacary Sagna’s cross, but his glancing header sailed over the crossbar.
For the second successive league game, Arsenal lost Mathieu Flamini to injury – this time after just seven minutes – and subsequently gave away a good deal of ground in midfield.
The visitors failed to make their final ball count, epitomised by a 17th-minute move when Serge Gnabry released Mesut Ozil but, instead of taking a shot, he attempted to pick out Giroud and Joel Ward got there first.
Palace appeared to be getting on top as Chamakh and then Adlene Guedioura tested Wojciech Szczesny, while Barry Bannan also went close.
However, Arsenal finished the first half strongly, with Arteta and Aaron Ramsey combining to set up Santi Cazorla, who brought the ball onto his left foot but could only drag it across the face of goal.
Ramsey scampered through for an angled drive that Julian Speroni beat away, while Giroud was unable to load his volley with sufficient power to trouble the Palace keeper and the teams went in level at half-time.
That changed within two minutes of the restart as Ramsey’s quick pass found Gnabry and, as the winger dragged the ball back, he was felled by the lunging Guedioura.
Referee Chris Foy had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Arteta stepped up to dispatch the penalty for his first goal of the season.
Giroud should have doubled the Gunners’ advantage soon afterwards as Sagna’s measured cross found him within yards of goal, but the striker misdirected his header.
And Arsenal’s advantage began to look more fragile midway through the second half when Chamakh chased Jedinak’s punt and Arteta’s challenge earned him a straight red card.
The Eagles were unlucky not to draw level as Ward’s drive clipped the bar and then Szczesny flung himself across to claw Jedinak’s sweetly-struck volley behind.
But Arsenal survived the pressure and made certain of the points three minutes from time as Ramsey delivered a cross from the left for Giroud to nod past Speroni.
Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey; Bannan (Gayle 77), Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Thomas (Bolasie 58); Guedioura (Kebe 72); Chamakh.
Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Flamini (Gnabry 7, Wilshere 69); Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla (Monreal 72); Giroud.