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Played
October 26, 2013 1:45 PM SAST
Selhurst Park — London
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 20050‎
 
 
Mikel Arteta 47′ (PG)
 
Top of the Match
Wojciech Szczesny
Wojciech Szczesny
Arsenal
Wojciech Szczesny
Wojciech Szczesny
Arsenal
Flop of the Match
Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta
Arsenal
Marouane Chamakh
Marouane Chamakh
Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal: Szczesny heroics secure the points for 10-man Gunners

Mikel Arteta scored from the penalty spot before being sent off for bringing down Marouane Chamakh, but the Pole made some impressive saves before Olivier Giroud sealed the win

Mikel Arteta Crystal Palace Arsenal Premier League 10262013
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Mikel Arteta was both hero and villain as 10-man Arsenal beat Crystal Palace to remain top of the Premier League.

The Spaniard stroked in a 47th-minute penalty to give the Gunners the lead after Serge Gnabry was fouled by Adlene Guedioura, but was then dismissed for bringing down Marouane Chamakh as the last man.

But Wojciech Szczesny made several superb saves to prevent Palace finding an equaliser, and Olivier Giroud headed in Aaron Ramsey's scooped cross to seal the win late on.

VIEW FROM SELHURST PARK
By Ewan Roberts

Arsenal remain at the top of the table, though Crystal Palace can claim a moral victory. The Eagles defended brilliantly, undone by a rash penalty and a late Olivier Giroud header.

When Mikel Arteta was dismissed, the momentum of the game shifted and the south Londoners grew in confidence. But for the brilliance of Wojciech Szczesny, who did brilliantly to deny both Joel Ward and Mile Jedinak, the Eagles would surely have claimed at least a point.

As it is, the Gunners continue to show their new-found reserves of spirit and resolve, while Palace can take heart from a committed performance that suggests they aren't dead and buried just yet.
Keith Millen, taking temporary charge of Palace following the departure of Ian Holloway, made six changes to the side beaten by Fulham, with Jerome Thomas, Barry Bannan and Chamakh coming into the side, while Mathieu Flamini and Santi Cazorla returned to Arsenal’s line-up in place of Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky.

Arsenal created their first chance after just three minutes when Giroud headed Bacary Sagna's right-wing cross just over the crossbar.

The visitors were forced to change things inside the first 10 minutes, though, Flamini replaced by Gnabry after he limped off with an apparent groin injury.

Palace competed well for large periods of the first half, and had opportunities to take the lead themselves, Bannan heading over before Chamakh tested Szczesny with a long-range effort.

Both sides continued to trade chances in an open game, although Arsenal were aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty as Chris Foy ruled that Damien Delaney's foul on Gnabry had been outside of the box.

But Foy did point to the spot when Gnabry was brought down by Guedioura less than two minutes into the second half, enabling Arteta to step up and fire home confidently from 12 yards.

Wenger's men began to dictate proceedings following the opener and should have doubled their advantage shortly after, Giroud missing the target from point-blank range after good work down the right from Sagna.

However, the game was completely changed after 65 minutes when goalscorer Arteta was shown a straight red card for pulling down Chamakh as the Moroccan attempted to break through on goal.

Palace immediately began to take charge following Arteta's dismissal, Szczesny performing heroics to tip Joel Ward's fierce effort onto the crossbar before producing another flying save to keep out Mile Jedinak's volley.

But Giroud wrapped things up three minutes from time to end the hosts' hopes of a late leveller.



Crystal Palace

1
Julian Speroni
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Joel Ward
Defender
3.50
19
Danny Gabbidon
Defender
3.50
21
Dean Moxey
Defender
2.50
27
Damien Delaney
Defender
1.50
8
Kagisho Dikgacoi
Midfielder
3.50
14
Jerome Thomas
Midfielder
57′
2.00
15
Mile Jedinak
Midfielder
3.50
46
Barry Bannan
Midfielder
77′
3.00
31
Adlène Guedioura
Midfielder
71′
2.50
29
3.50

Arsenal

4.00
1
3.50
3
2.00
4
2.50
6
3.00
28
1.50
8
Mikel Arteta
Midfielder
47′ 65′
2.50
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
3.50
16
Aaron Ramsey
Midfielder
87′
2.00
19
Santi Cazorla
Midfielder
72′
 - 
20
3.00
12

Substitutes

1
Lewis Price
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
22
Stuart O'Keefe
Midfielder
 - 
13
Jason Puncheon
Midfielder
 - 
14
Jimmy Kebe
Midfielder
71′
2.50
7
3.00
16
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
21
 - 
5
3.00
17
Monreal
Defender
72′
 - 
7
Tomas Rosicky
Midfielder
3.00
10
Jack Wilshere
Midfielder
69′
 - 
23
3.50
44

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
LFC
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
LFC
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd
15 2