Arsenal beat managerless Crystal Palace to stay top of the Premier League, despite having Mikel Arteta sent off.

Arteta scored a penalty after Adlene Guedioura's foul on Serge Gnabry before his 65th minute dismissal for a professional foul on Marouane Chamakh.

Palace came close to a leveller but Joel Ward's shot hit the crossbar and Wojciech Szczesny brilliantly saved a Mile Jedinak volley.

Wenger praises 'mature' Arsenal

Olivier Giroud secured Arsenal's win when he headed in late on.

The Gunners, on the back of their first defeat in 12 games after losing to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, were not at their best but secured a seventh league win in nine outings this season.

Palace were playing their first game since the midweek departure of Ian Holloway as manager and, even though they produced a hard-working performance, they suffered an eighth defeat in nine Premier League games.

Caretaker manager Keith Millen wanted a reaction from his second-from-bottom side after Holloway's departure and the Eagles looked much more solid at the back in the first half.

Arsenal striker Giroud sent an early header over but, despite the visitors dominating possession, their attacks were easily dealt with.

The Gunners appealed for a penalty because of a Damien Delaney handball, although it was more a case of ball to hand with a low cross hitting the Palace defender while he was on the ground.

Analysis

"Arsenal have had a fantastic start to the season. Today was a tired, laboured performance. Against a Newcastle, Southampton or Swansea, they would not have gotten away with it. Crystal Palace never offered a consistent goal threat."

The vocal home support did their best to help their team and nearly had a reason to celebrate only for ex-Arsenal forward Chamakh and Guedioura to have long range strikes saved by Szczesny.

There was a lively end to the first half as Palace midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi headed wide of the Arsenal goal while, at the other end, Santi Cazorla flashed a shot past the post and Aaron Ramsey had an angled effort saved by Palace keeper Julian Speroni.

Arsenal were denied a penalty when Gnabry, who had come on for the injured Mathieu Flamini, appeared to be caught just inside the area by Delaney - but the visitors did get a spot-kick early in the second half.

Guedioura lost his discipline when diving in on Gnabry, and Arteta converted the resulting penalty as Arsenal scored for a 14th top-flight game in succession.

Palace regrouped and were given added hope when Arteta was red-carded for a professional foul on Chamakh. The Spaniard was the last man when he felled the Eagles forward but will have felt the dismissal was harsh considering it was about 40 yards from goal.

The home side almost compounded Arsenal's feeling of injustice when Joel Ward's well-struck shot was tipped against the crossbar by Szczesny, who pulled off an even better save in palming over Jedinak's 20-yard volley.

Millen proud of Palace performance

Palace continued to press for an equaliser but were caught out when Giroud nodded in Ramsey's cross from close range, with Arsenal now unbeaten in 14 competitive away games.

Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen:

"I thought our organisation was terrific in the first half. We grew into the game and had a couple of half chances.

"At half-time we told the lads to make sure we start sharply after the break. Unfortunately, we gave away a soft penalty. All our hard work was undone within two minutes of the restart but the response from the players was the most pleasing factor for me.

"The two saves the keeper has pulled off [from Joel Ward and Mile Jedinak] were world class and that is the little bit of luck we are not having.

"I think it was a red card because we had two players who were going to be through on goal. Unfortunately, we didn't capitalise.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

"It is the kind of game where you need the points. We were resilient and unlucky to be down to 10 men. We needed to be patient and did that well.

"The sending off was a wrong decision because it has to be a clear goalscoring opportunity. He was a long way from goal.

"It has to be the last man and that is not proven to me. Also the foul was not obvious."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Ward
  • 21 Moxey
  • 08 Dikgacoi
  • 19 Gabbidon
  • 27 Delaney
  • 46 Bannan (Gayle - 77' )
  • 15 Jedinak
  • 29 Chamakh
  • 31 Guédioura (Kébé - 72' )
  • 14 Thomas (Bolasie - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Mariappa
  • 07 Bolasie
  • 12 O'Keefe
  • 13 Puncheon
  • 16 Gayle
  • 28 Kébé
  • 34 Price

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 03 Sagna
  • 28 Gibbs
  • 20 Flamini (Wilshere - 8' )
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 16 Ramsey
  • 08 Arteta Dismissed
  • 12 Giroud
  • 11 Özil
  • 19 Cazorla (Monreal - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Vermaelen
  • 07 Rosicky
  • 10 Wilshere
  • 17 Monreal
  • 21 Fabianski
  • 23 Bendtner
  • 44 Gnabry (Wilshere - 69' )
Ref: Chris Foy
Att: 20,050

Match Stats

Shots

13 10

On target

4 4

Corners

4 3

Fouls

12 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Arsenal 2.

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Arsenal 2.

90:00 +2:48

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

88:47

Attempt missed. Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie with a cross following a corner.

88:26

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

86:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 0, Arsenal 2. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

86:27

Attempt missed. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nacho Monreal with a cross.

85:14

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:14

Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

82:51

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

82:51

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:02

Attempt blocked. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

80:17

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:17

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

77:12

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:12

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

76:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle replaces Barry Bannan.

74:05

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Wojciech Szczesny.

74:02

Attempt saved. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

73:51

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Wojciech Szczesny.

73:44

Attempt saved. Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kagisho Dikgacoi.

71:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Nacho Monreal replaces Santiago Cazorla.

71:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jimmy Kébé replaces Adlène Guédioura because of an injury.

68:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Jack Wilshere replaces Serge Gnabry.

66:06

Offside, Arsenal. Wojciech Szczesny tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

64:44 Dismissal

Dismissal Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) is shown the red card.

64:32

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

64:32

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:55

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Joel Ward.

60:11

Attempt missed. Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

57:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Yannick Bolasie replaces Jerome Thomas.

56:09

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:09

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

53:04

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bacary Sagna with a cross.

51:25

Attempt blocked. Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

50:31

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

50:31

Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 0, Arsenal 1. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

45:56

Penalty Arsenal. Serge Gnabry draws a foul in the penalty area.

45:56

Penalty conceded by Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace) after a foul in the penalty area.

45:21

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:21

Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace).

45:00

Second Half begins Crystal Palace 0, Arsenal 0.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Arsenal 0.

44:23

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

44:23

Foul by Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace).

43:49

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross.

41:15

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

41:15

Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:43

Serge Gnabry (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:43

Foul by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace).

38:15

Attempt missed. Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

37:37

Attempt saved. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Serge Gnabry.

36:49

Attempt missed. Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a corner.

36:27

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Aaron Ramsey.

35:49

Foul by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).

35:49

Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:06

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

32:18

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

32:16

Attempt blocked. Daniel Gabbidon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mile Jedinak with a headed pass.

31:45

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

31:45

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:49

Attempt saved. Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marouane Chamakh.

27:05

Attempt saved. Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

26:20

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

26:20

Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:31

Attempt missed. Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adlène Guédioura.

22:48

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:48

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

22:09

Offside, Crystal Palace. Dean Moxey tries a through ball, but Marouane Chamakh is caught offside.

21:11

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

21:11

Daniel Gabbidon (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:41

Offside, Crystal Palace. Marouane Chamakh tries a through ball, but Jerome Thomas is caught offside.

18:15

Offside, Arsenal. Bacary Sagna tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

16:59

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Dean Moxey.

15:22

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:22

Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace).

14:31

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:31

Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace).

13:18

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jerome Thomas with a cross.

7:22

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Joel Ward.

7:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Serge Gnabry replaces Mathieu Flamini because of an injury.

6:25

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:25

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

2:46

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Bacary Sagna with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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