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October 26, 2013 12:45 PM BST
Selhurst Park — London
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 20050‎
 
 
Mikel Arteta 47′ (PG)
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

The managerless Eagles gave an excellent account of themselves against the 10-man Gunners at Selhurst Park, but were undone by a Mikel Arteta penalty and late Olivier Giroud header

By Ewan Roberts

  • Julian Speroni
    9
    7
    3.00

    Julian Speroni

    The Argentine was surprisingly under-worked considering Arsenal's strangling possession. Save for a few nervy moments, he was generally a reliable pair of hands, and could do nothing to stop either Arteta's expertly dispatched penalty or Giroud's late header.

  • Joel Ward
    9
    4
    3.50

    Joel Ward

    Did a good job of preventing Arsenal from breaching his flank, containing the unusually quiet Cazorla. Gibbs' adventurous overlaps caused him more problems though, but he was solid on the whole and spanked the crossbar with a powerful drive.

  • Danny Gabbidon
    14
    3
    3.50

    Danny Gabbidon

    Perhaps the most impressive of Palace's defensive unit, Gabbidon made a number of telling blocks, clearances and interceptions. Was commanding in the air and organised the rest of the backline well.

  • Dean Moxey
    2
    8
    2.50

    Dean Moxey

    Palace's left side looked very significantly weaker than their right, with Gnabry and Sagna finding plenty of gaps to burst into. Struggled to contain the Arsenal surges and offered very little going forward.

  • Damien Delaney
    2
    10
    1.50

    Damien Delaney

    Looked the player most likely to undo Palace's hardwork, and twice came close to giving away a sloppy penalty. Never seemed entirely comfortable with the movement and speed of Arsenal's attack, especially the quick feet of Gnabry.

  • Kagisho Dikgacoi
    7
    5
    3.50

    Kagisho Dikgacoi

    Helped clog the midfield, sitting deep and fighting fires. When he did win the ball, his loose passing often put his team-mates under unnecessary pressure and invited more Arsenal attacks. A real annoyance for the Gunners' midfielders though.

  • Jerome Thomas
    1
    9
    2.00

    Jerome Thomas

    Did not offer Moxey enough support and gave Sagna far too much freedom down the flank. Offered little in an attacking sense, and seems to have lost much of his pace too. Replaced in the second half.

  • Mile Jedinak
    17
    3
    3.50

    Mile Jedinak

    Typically tough-tackling in the hart of the midfield, he sat infront of Palace's centre-backs and did a good job of restraining the league leaders. One of many Palace players to give the ball away sloppily, though. Produced a fine save from Szczesny.

  • Barry Bannan
    7
    5
    3.00

    Barry Bannan

    So busy and tenacious, scurrying around the pitch blocking passes and getting in the face of the Arsenal side. Presented with several good chances in the first half, but failed to even hit the target.

  • Adlène Guedioura
    5
    8
    2.50

    Adlène Guedioura

    Handed just his second start since signing from Nottingham Forest, the Algerian played just behind Chamkah, linking play, driving forward, and pressing Arteta and Ramsey. His hard work was undone just a minute into the second half as he conceded an unnecessary penalty, though he remained keen to make amends.

  • Marouane Chamakh
    28
    21
    3.50

    Marouane Chamakh

    After a quiet opening period, the former Arsenal man grew into the game and caused a lot of problems for the Gunners backline. Held up the ball well, threatened goal and burned Arteta as the Spaniard was sent off. If only he had brought his shooting boots.

Substitutions

  • Jimmy Kebe
    2
    7
    2.50

    Jimmy Kebe

    Came on for Guedioura and stretched the play well, providing more width and exuberance than Bannan.

  • Yannick Bolasie
    6
    3
    3.00

    Yannick Bolasie

    Brought such pace, skill and intent to the Palace attack after replacing Thomas, though couldn't quite find the right end product.

  • Dwight Gayle
    3
    7

    Dwight Gayle

    Replaced Bannan as Palace searched for an equaliser against Arsenal's 10 men, though never had a shot.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    194
    2
    4.00

    Wojciech Szczesny Top of the Match

    In the end, Arsenal had the Poland international to thank for claiming all three points. Remained alert despite being a virtual spectator in the first half, and made a string of spectacular saves in the second period, doing brilliantly to deny Ward and Jedinak especially.

  • Bacary Sagna
    117
    4
    3.50

    Bacary Sagna

    Provided so much purpose down the right flank, overlapping beyond Gnabry and firing crosses into the box. More worried by Bolasie in the second period, but always an excellent outlet for the Gunners.

  • Per Mertesacker
    71
    26
    2.00

    Per Mertesacker

    Struggled to contain one-time team-mate Chamakh, with the Moroccan proving to be an excellent release for the Eagles. Switched off at times, put Szczesny under pressure with a lame back-pass and looked vulnerable.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    88
    9
    2.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    As measured and controlled on the ball as ever, but, like Mertesacker, was worried by Chamakh. Also looked vulnerable to the driving runs of Guedioura.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    89
    8
    3.00

    Kieran Gibbs

    Provided width and impetus down the flank, though not as penetrative as Sagna on the opposite wing. Not enough end product, especially when under pressure from Bannan, but defended resolutely.

  • Mikel Arteta
    78
    79
    1.50

    Mikel Arteta Flop of the Match

    It is games such as this, against a deep, defensive side, where Arteta's safe, sideways passing seems entirely unneeded. The Spaniard needed to be more adventurous, and his composure to net from he spot was cancelled out by his sending off. His dismissal gave Palace an enormous amount of momentum.

  • Mesut Özil
    100
    22
    2.50

    Mesut Özil

    Looked effortless at times, and his movement was an occasional worry for Palace's defence, but he did not show his usual vision and creativity as Arsenal struggled hugely to break down the south London side. Missed a great chance to wrap up the win.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    123
    10
    3.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Forced into a more withdrawn role following Flamini's early departure, but battled well. Harried and tussled with Palace's tenacious midfield and continued to bomb forward, eventually rewarded with an assist, clipping a lovely cross onto the head of Giroud.

  • Santi Cazorla
    79
    23
    2.00

    Santi Cazorla

    The Spaniard is still returning from injury and struggled to influence the match in any meaningful way. Created little and was thwarted by the sheer volume of numbers Palace packed behind the ball. Replaced by Monreal.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    78
    9

    Mathieu Flamini

    Returned to the side following concussion last week, though had to withdraw prematurely with a groin injury and was replaced by Gnabry in the eighth minute. How Arsenal could have used him as Palace piled on the pressure late on.

  • Olivier Giroud
    115
    13
    3.00

    Olivier Giroud

    Hardly had a sniff, with Gabbidon dominating him in the air. Found his time and space limited and Arsenal really struggled to supply him. Aside from a few snatched chances, he was anonymous up until he nodded the second goal beyond Speroni.

Substitutions

  • Monreal
    105
    1
    3.00

    Monreal

    Played well in his brief cameo, offering more solidity down the flank and also getting forward with real intent.

  • Jack Wilshere
    104
    3
    3.00

    Jack Wilshere

    Was brought on after Arteta was given his marching orders. Worked hard, as ever, and snapped at heels, and might even have extended Arsenal's lead.

  • Serge Gnabry
    122
    6
    3.50

    Serge Gnabry

    Replaced the injured Flamini early on and was on of Arsenal's livelier players, causing Moxey and the rest of the backline problems with his directness and pace. Won the penalty with an excellent piece of trickery inside the box.

Results
 
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