• Arsenal leave it late to open season with win
  • Ramsey scores third goal in four league games
  • Hangeland scores his first goal in three seasons

Aaron Ramsey scored in stoppage time to break the resolve of Crystal Palace and give title contenders Arsenal a winning start to their league campaign.

Managerless Palace looked set for a point but had forward Jason Puncheon sent off for a second offence in the 89th minute before Ramsey pounced.

The visitors took a shock first-half lead when Brede Hangeland headed in.

The Gunners equalised just before the break when Laurent Koscielny nodded home from Alexis Sanchez's free-kick.

Despite kicking off their Premier League challenge with a win, it was an inauspicious start having barely made Palace keeper Julian Speroni work for his wage.

Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace: Desire got us through - Arsene Wenger

Apart from the two goals, the only other time the Palace stopper was called to save his team was when he pushed away Jack Wilshere's drive in the first half.

Credit for keeping Arsenal at bay should be given to Palace caretaker boss Keith Millen. The 47-year-old, originally from down the road in Croydon, was thrust into the hot-seat on Thursday following the shock departure of Tony Pulis.

So having had less than 48 hours to plan Palace's assault on their London rivals, Millen's team did brilliantly to restrict the Gunners for so long.

But their good work came undone in three minutes at the death, when first they were reduced to 10 men when Puncheon went in late on Nacho Monreal, before Ramsey grabbed the winner. The Wales midfielder was quickest to the loose ball after Mathieu Debuchy's snap-shot had been saved.

Match facts

Arsenal win their first opening weekend fixture in five attempts

Palace only had four attempts on goal

Arsene Wenger's side have now won their last six Premier League games

Jason Puncheon's red card was the third on the opening day

Wenger might point to the fact he did not have his full squad available for the opening match as a reason for the below-par display - only five of the many who spent their summer in Brazil started today.

One of those absent was Germany's World Cup winning defender Per Mertesacker, who might have made a better attempt of preventing Hangeland from scoring.

The Norway player, who had not scored in the previous three league season for Fulham, was inexplicably left by Sanchez to roam to the near post to meet Puncheon's corner.

Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace: Tony Pulis saga needs explaining - Keith Millen

However, just before half-time, the hero at the other end appeared to lose his bearings as Koscielny sneaked clear to connect with Sanchez's lofted free-kick.

It was the only major lapse of concentration from the former Fulham player, who could prove to be a key signing for the Eagles, while Sanchez, who cost Arsenal considerably more, also impressed on his league debut.

The Chile international played the full 90 minutes, but it was only when rested France striker Olivier Giroud was introduced in the second half that the Gunners looked like a team who would break down Palace for a second time.

And in the closing seconds, the club's top scorer last season proved how key he is to the attack when he headed the ball across goal for Debuchy, whose shot was saved, only for team-mate Ramsey to tuck in.

Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace: Aaron Ramsey relieved after late win

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "They made it very difficult, they defended very well and took their first opportunity. After that they made it very tight, they were physically very strong and we needed to keep going. Our desire got us through.

"If you look at the results, no home team won, we were the only one so it shows in the first game it is not easy to win.

"The Champions League qualifier is massive game for us next week against Besiktas, we have a short time to recover. Normally the German players would not play in that game. We will have to see on Sunday but only in case of emergency."

Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen: "I'd like to continue, I enjoy being in charge. Whether it's the right time or not I'll speak to the chairman tomorrow.

"If the chairman felt it was right for me then I would sit down and talk to him about it. I like working at this club.

"The circumstances of last year were that we had a really poor start, winning one in 10 games. There was a lack of Premier League experience at the club. This group of players now have that experience."

Arsenal fans

Fans gather outside the Emirates Stadium on a warm and sunny day in north London

Brede Hangeland scores for Palace

Crystal Palace's Brede Hangeland scores having gone three Premier League seasons without a goal

Laurent Koscielny scores for Arsenal

France defender Laurent Koscielny was one of Arsenal's World Cup players on show

Jason Puncheon is sent off

Crystal Palace forward Jason Puncheon was sent off just moments before Arsenal's winner

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey scores

Aaron Ramsey scored 16 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season

Referee Jonathan Moss accidentally sprayed vanishing foam over himself and Santi Cazorla

Referee Jonathan Moss accidentally sprayed vanishing foam over himself and Santi Cazorla

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 02 Debuchy
  • 03 Gibbs (Monreal - 53' )
  • 08 Arteta
  • 21 Chambers Booked
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 17 Sánchez
  • 16 Ramsey
  • 22 Sanogo (Giroud - 62' )
  • 10 Wilshere (Oxlade-Chamberlain - 69' )
  • 19 Cazorla Booked

Substitutes

  • 07 Rosicky
  • 12 Giroud
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 18 Monreal
  • 26 Martinez
  • 28 Campbell
  • 34 Coquelin

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 34 Kelly Booked
  • 02 Ward
  • 15 Jedinak
  • 06 Dann (Delaney - 75' )
  • 04 Hangeland
  • 42 Puncheon Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 28 Ledley
  • 10 Campbell (Gayle - 85' )
  • 29 Chamakh Booked
  • 07 Bolasie (O'Keefe - 91' )

Substitutes

  • 05 McCarthy
  • 12 O'Keefe
  • 13 Hennessey
  • 16 Gayle
  • 17 Murray
  • 25 Bannan
  • 27 Delaney
Ref: Jonathan Moss
Att: 59,962

Match Stats

Shots

14 4

On target

6 2

Corners

9 3

Fouls

13 19

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Arsenal 2, Crystal Palace 1.

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Crystal Palace 1.

90:00 +4:20

Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:20

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

90:00 +3:44

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

90:00 +0:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 2, Crystal Palace 1. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

90:00 +0:33

Attempt saved. Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Olivier Giroud with a headed pass.

90:00 +0:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Stuart O'Keefe replaces Yannick Bolasie.

89:06

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

88:24 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) for a bad foul.

88:20

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:20

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

84:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle replaces Fraizer Campbell.

83:47

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

76:43 Booking

Booking Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:38

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:38

Foul by Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace).

75:29

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

75:29

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Damien Delaney replaces Scott Dann because of an injury.

73:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

72:29

Delay in match Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

70:58

Attempt saved. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

70:14

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Scott Dann.

69:25

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.

68:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Jack Wilshere.

68:32

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:32

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

68:00

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

67:07 Booking

Booking Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:00

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

67:00

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

65:18

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

65:18

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

64:31

Foul by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).

64:31

Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:04

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Scott Dann.

63:27

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

63:27

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

62:31

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

62:31

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

61:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Yaya Sanogo.

59:12 Booking

Booking Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:09

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

59:09

Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:06

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

57:38

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:38

Foul by Scott Dann (Crystal Palace).

57:09

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

57:09

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

56:29

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

56:15

Attempt blocked. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marouane Chamakh.

55:11

Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:11

Foul by Brede Hangeland (Crystal Palace).

54:11

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

54:11

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:32

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

53:32

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

52:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Nacho Monreal replaces Kieran Gibbs because of an injury.

48:38

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

48:38

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:55 Booking

Booking Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

46:59

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

45:00

Second Half begins Arsenal 1, Crystal Palace 1.

45:00 +2:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Arsenal 1, Crystal Palace 1.

45:00 +2:12

Attempt missed. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +1:38

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Joel Ward.

45:00 +0:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 1, Crystal Palace 1. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez following a set piece situation.

44:56

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:56

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

44:01

Offside, Crystal Palace. Marouane Chamakh tries a through ball, but Fraizer Campbell is caught offside.

43:43 Booking

Booking Calum Chambers (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:24

Foul by Calum Chambers (Arsenal).

43:24

Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:32

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:32

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

40:17

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

40:17

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

39:45

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

39:45

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:03

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mikel Arteta.

36:40

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Joe Ledley.

36:37

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mikel Arteta.

35:17

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

35:17

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

34:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 0, Crystal Palace 1. Brede Hangeland (Crystal Palace) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jason Puncheon with a cross following a corner.

33:37

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

33:24

Attempt blocked. Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

32:25

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

32:25

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace).

31:03

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

31:03

Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:01

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

30:01

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

29:14

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) header from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a corner.

28:50

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

28:48

Attempt saved. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

27:17

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

27:17

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

26:20

Attempt missed. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

23:04

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

23:04

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:17

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

14:18

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

13:43

Hand ball by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

11:08

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

11:08

Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:20

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

3:04

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:04

Foul by Brede Hangeland (Crystal Palace).

0:26

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

0:26

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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