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Tom Rostance

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  1. Post update

    Right, time to guide this opening-day tanker into port for the evening.

    We will be back bright and early tomorrow to cover Liverpool v Southampton and Newcastle v Manchester City.

    Trust we will see you there. Ta-da for now.


    And when does Match of the Day kick off you may ask.

    They are go from 22:30 BST on BBC One. Alan Shearer and Ruud Gullit, who is joining the show as one of its pundits this season, will be in the studio with presenter Gary Lineker to reflect on the day's action.

    MOTD is celebrating its 50th anniversary and you can watch a special BBC One documentary - MOTD at 50 - on Friday, 22 August at 22:35 BST.

    This video, featuring like likes of Piers Morgan, Russell Brand, Michael Owen, and Sue Johnston singing the theme tune, is the most amusing thing on the BBC Sport website today. It doesn't sound it from that description, but I promise it is.

  3. Post update

    Steve Parish and Tony Pulis

    Right now, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is having an interesting chat with Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Eagles managers past and present.

    He insists that transfer budgets were not the tipping point that caused Tony Pulis to leave the post this week, while his successor will be a man with "an intimate knowledge of the Premier League".

    Definitely worth Palace fans tuning in for tonight.

  4. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Sam Longden: La Liga better than the Premier League? Not on your life Gareth Bale!

  5. Post update

    Man United 1-2 Swansea

    His predecessor David Moyes won his first league game in charge of Manchester United 4-1 against Swansea, so what so do the newspapers make of Louis van Gaal opening up with a 2-1 defeat by the same opposition?

    "The one positive amid the negatives for Van Gaal is that the game will have reminded the watching Avi Glazer of the need to invest," writes Daily Telegraph writer Henry Winter.

    "As seen with the national team, footballing intelligence, anticipation and responsibility-taking were not to the fore."

  6. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Miracle Roch: When will MUFC fans learn? First you blamed Rooney, then Moyes, then Woodward and now Van Gaal. Accept you aren't good enough!

    Mike: Digging deep, scoring late, grinding out a result and being champions who win where others would draw. But it's not United...

  7. Post update

    Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace

    Yaya Sanogo

    Yaya Sanogo may have scored four goals in Arsenal's pre-season win over Benfica, but his highlights reel today would be a far shorter.

    The French striker managed just one shot and a total of 23 touches in his 62 minutes on the pitch. After his stellar World Cup showing with Costa Rica, would Arsenal fans prefer to see more of Joel Campbell up top this season?

    Or are both well behind some combination of Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott in your minds?

  8. Post update

    QPR 0-1 Hull City

    QPR's Joey Barton

    Joey Barton: We will get better as we get used to a new system and some new players. Personally, need to improve quality of my set pieces.

  9. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Darren Fletcher and Robbie Savage are just getting tucked into Arsenal on 606 on BBC Radio 5 live.

    The lack of a quality defensive midfielder in today's line-up is the problem being tossed around at the moment. You can listen in online.

  10. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Richard Parfitt: I like to think that today Pulis and Moyes are smiling smugly, watching the football and downing a couple of nice cold beers.

    Fahad Khan: World class punters being proved wrong just by seeing the first day of the season results. This is why I love the EPL.

  11. Manager reaction

    Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace

    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to BBC Sport: "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 today, 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."

  12. Post update

    Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace

    A telling stat emerged from today's game at the Emirates.

    Arsenal crossed the ball 22 times from open play, but only twice did they find a team-mate.

    When they are up against a well-organised side that sit deep, they do seem to lose patience and hit and hope without the sort of strikers that might make the tactic work.

  13. Post update

    Mesut Özil: Three points - that's the main thing! #AFCvCPFC #ThanksRamsey

  14. Player reaction

    Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace

    Aaron Ramsey

    Arsenal goalscorer Aaron Ramsey, speaking to BBC Sport: "They were very hard to break down. They lost their manager earlier in the week, but you would never have known that.

    "Tony Pulis got them playing really well and they picked up a lot of points towards the end of last season. You could see they were well organised and it was difficult but we came away with the three points. The last few seasons we struggled in the first game of the season and we nearly did today. It was important we kept on trying and we came away with the win.

    "I didn't have the best of games but I kept on trying, kept getting into the right areas and finally, in the 93rd minute, it went in."

  15. Post update


    Arsenal spent 128 days at the top of the table last season and they claim the first day of the 2013-14 campaign as well.

  16. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Luke: Arsenal taking on SAF's United's philosophies. Play badly, score late, win.

    Kerry Peter Parvin: Arsenal win 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace! Will need to play better in future but I'll take the win!

  17. Post update

    Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal's players head off to applaud their fans, matchwinner Aaron Ramsey wearing the Palace shirt of his former Cardiff team-mate Joe Ledley.

    The Gunners needed their home fans to stick with them today, because that was not the prettiest display with plenty of the old concerns about their finishing and over-elaboration.

    They have three points though and the German contingent of Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski to return.


    Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace

  19. Post update

    Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace

    Wojciech Szczesny spills a corner! Suddenly the late, late show is on! No. The whistle goes for a foul on the Arsenal goalkeeper, who nods knowingly.

  20. Post update

    Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace

    Three of the five minutes of injury-time remain. Palace are surely beaten. But then that is what Liverpool thought at Selhurst Park last season.

  21. GOAL

    Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace - Aaron Ramsey (90 mins)

    Arsenal have the breakthrough. Pinball in the box as Olivier Giroud's jump causes chaos, Mathieu Debuchy fires straight at Julian Speroni from point blank range and Aaron Ramsey gobbles up the rebound.

    It has been hard, hard work, but the Gunners are surely making off with three points.

    Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates his goal with teammates
  22. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    John: Plenty of World Cup hangovers on show today. Maybe the league should start in September in a WC year. Advantage mediocrity!

  23. RED CARD

    Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)

    Jason Puncheon over-eagerly slides in on Nacho Monreal. That is his second booking and there is no real argument as he heads for the bath.

    Two minutes, plus added, for his team to hold out without him.

  24. Post update

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal with plenty of possession out in wide positions, but they look reluctant to throw it in the mixer when they have seen every cross cleared so far this afternoon.

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    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Gemma: Rob (19:01) should try being a Palace fan - knowing how confident we were staying up then having Pulis walk out on us two days before a huge test!

  26. Final five

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Five minutes to go. Arsenal, like Bonnie Tyler, need a hero.


    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Palace introduce the scourge of Liverpool, Dwight Gayle, in place of Fraizer Campbell.

  28. Post update

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    A neat combination between Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud unlocks the Palace defence but it needed one extra man in the attack, with the ball whizzing across the face of the goal without a killer touch from a red shirt.

  29. Post update

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal are not mounting a late siege of the Palace goal. Their attempts to crank up the pressure are undermined by basic mistakes like a stray Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pass that rolls out of play.

  30. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Luke Devine: I'm just waiting for the Wenger Out band wagon to get rolling, all Arsenal fans think they have it so bad, try supporting Newcastle.

  31. Ten minutes to go

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Martin Kelly is struggling with cramp. Arsene Wenger is unsympathetic. Ten minutes to go.

  32. Post update

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    Gary Lineker: If Arsenal are to challenge for the title, you can talk about signing a strong midfielder, but it's a top class striker they need most.

  33. Post update

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    All the signs are there. Hands on hips, meaningful glances towards the top corner, and sure enough Alexis Sanchez tries to ping the free-kick into the top corner from an acute angle.

    It would have to have been a heck of an effort and that wasn't, floating high and wide.


    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Alexis Sanchez better get used to those. He is snared by a sliding challenge from Martin Kelly and goes down in a heap. The ball was gone and Kelly is shown a yellow card.

  35. Fifteen minutes to go

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Olivier Giroud is an extra boot size away from getting a touch as the ball skims through the Palace box. Fifteen minutes to go.


    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Scott Dann has gone down with a bump to the head. The Palace centre-back is taking his time to trudge to the bench. The Arsenal fans don't like it, but I don't think he is milking it. No, he is replaced by Damien Delaney.

  37. Text us on 81111

    Rob: I have been a Gooner since I was eight. Saw my first game in 1962. Is it as difficult supporting other teams as it is Arsenal? Nothing seems to change on the 1st game each year! Two (or more) points dropped today will be the difference between success & failure in May.

    Chin up Rob - 18 minutes and 37 games to go yet.

  38. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Rob Kershaw: Height seems to be a bit of an issue for Arsenal. It's costing them dearly at the back, especially without Vermaelen.

    Paul-Joseph Martin: Come on Palace Get Dwight Gayle on. He'll have an impact on the game, just ask Liverpool fans.

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  39. Post update

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal are starting to press Palace a little deeper into their own box. Aaron Ramsey has a bit of space 20 yards out, but might be regretting his decision to go for placement rather than power. Julian Speroni is equal to his effort.


    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal's final throw of the dice off the bench. On comes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored twice to win this fixture last season, in place of Jack Wilshere for Arsenal.


    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Palace's Maroune Chamakh has been pushing his luck with niggly fouls all over the pitch and finally earns the yellow card that has been in the post for some time

  42. Post update

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Right, 25 minutes to go. Is that the first fidgety hints of unrest inside the Emirates?

    Alexis Sanchez gets a little agitated as he gives away a free-kick for a foul on Maroune Chamakh.


    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    A cross into the Palace box skids off the Emirates surface and strikes Maroune Chamakh somewhere in between his outstretched arm and his puffed out chest. Arsenal ask the question, but it is impossible to tell even on replay if it is worth a penalty and referee Jonathan Moss is not interested.


    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Someone's been at the lemon juice. Olivier Giroud, with some snazzy blond highlights in his hair, strides on to replace Yaya Sanogo up top for Arsenal.


    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal's Santi Cazorla lunges in rather despairingly as Joe Ledley accelerates away from him and gets none of the ball and all of Jonathan Moss's yellow card.

  46. Post update

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    More promising stuff from Crystal Palace and Jason Puncheon gets a chance to swipe a shot goalwards from 20 yards. It is a scruffy connection though and Julian Speroni gathers at his leisure.

  47. Post update

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Average touch graphic

    Mathieu Debuchy has been getting forward well down the right. As you can see in the average touch graphic above, the Arsenal number two has been right up alongside Alexis Sanchez.


    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal make a change and it looks like Kieran Gibbs has picked up a knock. Time for Nacho Monreal to strut his stuff at left-back in a straight swap.

  49. Post update

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Calum Chambers gives the Arsenal defence a good outlet. The new signing looks very good stepping up into midfield, knocking the ball short and long with confidence and accuracy.

  50. QPR 0-1 Hull City

    Tom Huddlestone: Great away win. Soaked up the pressure fairly well, and on another day could have had a couple more. More to come hopefully.

  51. Post update

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace have made an encouraging start to the second half. Yannick Bolassie is getting into plenty of space on the left. The visitors have to keep it tight at the back though. A promising break for Arsenal flounders on a couple of shoddy touches from Yaya Sanogo.

  52. Post update

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Palace make early inroads down the left flank with Yannick Bolassie winning the corner. Arsenal clear the resulting delivery, but do not look convincing in the air at the back. They could use Per Mertesacker back there soon.

  53. KICK-OFF

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Back under way. No changes for either side.

  54. Post update

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal fans shield their eyes from the late evening sun

    Those restricted view seats look a better bet now don't they? No need to shade your eyes. No RSI in the right arm.

  55. Player reaction

    West Ham 0-1 Tottenham

    Eric Dier

    Tottenham defender Eric Dier, who scored the late winner on his debut, told BBC Sport: "I am happy to be back in England and to score on my debut, I am delighted.

    "I am not sure why I was up in attack to be honest! I'm told the assistant boss said to the manager: 'what's he doing there' and even I don't know why I was there. I don't normally get into those positions."

  56. Leicester 2-2 Everton

    Roberto Martinez

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "It is a bit of a mixed feeling because we knew it was going to be a difficult fixture against a team with promotion and a good feel about them.

    "We were a little bit soft in the way we conceded the first goal and then when we got the second goal we were a little relaxed and it was a bit too easy. Overall, disappointed that I feel we threw two points away.

    "The first half display we were always on the front foot, causing problems. In the second half we did the same without a penetrating edge. I'm sure that for Leicester it will feel like a victory and for us a defeat, but it is a start."

  57. Leicester 2-2 Everton

    Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson: "We certainly deserved something out of the game. There was an element of bad luck for both of their goals. Having defended the shot it took an unbelievable strike for the first and the second was a good finish but we felt we we worth being level at half time.

    "To come away with a point bodes well for the players showing belief but we do have more quality than we have shown today.

    "There's an element of bedding in when you come to the top flight. We have to believe in ourselves but the players will have taken many positives.

    "It's nice to come away with something and they are a good side wit quality individuals but I'm convinced our players can adapt to life in the Premier league."

  58. Manager reaction

    West Brom 2-2 Sunderland

    Gus Poyet

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet on West Brom's penalty: "I don't want to get in trouble. I'm very disappointed that this happened in the first league game of the season. We are not playing football to give soft decisions.

    "Everyone in the stadium thought it was stopping to give a yellow card to Victor Anichebe. I don't know what happened. It's not the way I wanted to start the league, talking about referees again. I want to talk about football."

  59. Manager reaction

    West Brom 2-2 Sunderland

    Alan Irvine

    West Brom head coach Alan Irvine: "It was soft a soft penalty for us. I've got to say I didn't look at the referee straight away for a penalty. But I was delighted that we got it.

    "We came back from being an early goal down to a fantastic strike by Lee Cattermole. I'm pleased about that and about a lot of aspects of our performance. We're obviously still trying to get a number of our players up to speed.

    "You can't just throw people in at Premier League level and expect them to survive. Everybody around the club is telling me there's a different feel around the club. We're still working on the things we believe are important and I think we'll get better as the season goes on."

  60. League Two round-up

    Morecambe came back from two goals down to beat Newport County and stay top of League Two late Burton goals also gave them a 2-1 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge to maintain their 100% record. Wycome, Southend and Cheltenham also have six points.

    Wimbledon earned a 1-0 win over Luton, while Portsmouth had Adam Webster sent-off but still managed to beat Cambridge.

    Accrington, Oxford United, Newport, Carlisle, Hartlepool and Dagenham & Redbridge remain pointless

  61. Post update

    Time for a quick whip-around the the rest of today's action, starting, as you do, in League Two.

  62. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Belete Eshetea: This is not the Arsenal I used to know. They are spending BIG and scoring goals from set pieces!

    Atticus Montreal: The Kos-man giveth and the Kos-man taketh back

  63. Post update

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "Brede Hangeland escaped poor marking to put Palace ahead. Former manager Tony Pulis would have loved that goal, but Laurent Koscielny equalised and the departed boss would have hated the way they defended for that."


    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

    The best time to score? I don't think Arsenal could afford to be too fussy. They'll take that and it makes the half-time brews taste all the sweeter.

  65. GOAL

    Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace - Laurent Koscielny

    Crystal Palace's defence is undone by a stealthy run from Laurent Koscielny who plods up from the back before spurting past Brede Hangeland to meet Alexis Sanchez's free-kick with a downward header into the corner.

    A bit of a mess back there for Palace. Hangeland could not decide whether to stay or go.

    Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny celebrates after scoring
  66. Two minutes of stoppage time

    Arsenal 0-1 Crystal Palace

    Another two minutes to the break...

  67. Post update

    Calum Chambers (Arsenal)

    Calum Chambers bundles into Fraizer Campbell. It was needless and the Arsenal defender has a yellow card to mark his debut.

  68. Post update

    Arsenal 0-1 Crystal Palace

    Foam explodes

    The vanishing spray is the gift that keeps on giving.

    Referee Jonathan Moss can't get his can working as he attempts to mark out an Arsenal free-kick. He has a look down the nozzle, presses the button again and gets himself and the waiting Santi Cazorla in the face.

    Oh the japes. Nothing doing from the free-kick for Arsenal.

  69. Five to the break

    Crystal Palace fans are singing "Tony come back to us". That goal is one for the old gaffer in their book.

  70. Post update

    Arsenal 0-1 Crystal Palace

    Last season Arsenal came an opening-day cropper at home to Aston Villa of course, sparking the earliest-ever calls for Arsene Wenger's resignation.

    This is a test for his team against a Palace side who have not been unduly stretched so far.

  71. GOAL

    Arsenal 0-1 Crystal Palace - Brede Hangeland (35 mins)

    My, my, my. Crystal Palace win their first corner and Arsenal's creaky old defence fails its first aerial examination. Jason Puncheon's near-post corner clears Yaya Sanogo and Brede Hangeland has weaved into position to lose his man and glance home a deft header.

    Arsene Wenger looks on stony-faced.

    Crystal Palace players celebrate the goal scored by Brede Hangeland
  72. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Mikel Arteta looks like he has been pegged as a defensive midfielder by Arsene Wenger. Whether he has the ability to do it is another thing.

    The Spaniard clatters into Fraizer Campbell to give away a free-kick.

    Still Abou Diaby is nearly match-fit Arsenal fans. Heard it before?

  73. Liverpool sign Moreno

    Some breaking transfer news to bring you...

    Liverpool have completed the signing of Spain full-back Alberto Moreno from Sevilla for a £12m transfer fee.

    The Reds reached an agreement with the Spanish club earlier this week, subject to the 22-year-old passing a medical.

    Moreno becomes Liverpool's eighth signing this summer, and will vie with Jose Enrique to become manager Brendan Rodgers's first choice left-back.

    The defender came through the ranks at Sevilla, playing 44 games last season as the club won the Europa League.

  74. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Aaron Ramsey goes for a header

    Arsenal have had more than 75% of possession but with a shade under half an hour gone that is their first effort on target.

    Jack Wilshere puts his laces through the ball from the edge of the box and, despite an awkward bounce just in front of him, Julian Speroni gets two strong palms to it to push wide.

  75. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal's Yaya Sanogo, a tangle of limbs, sort of break-dances his way past as couple of challenges, but his shot from the edge of the box is an ugly shank that Julian Speroni can wave on its way wide.

  76. Manager reaction

    West Ham 0-1 Tottenham

    Sam Allardyce

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, speaking to BBC Sport: "We have only ourselves to blame. The game was there for us to take, we did not take it and we have ended up with nothing.

    "It is difficult to swallow as we dominated and played some excellent football but there were three really big factors that decided it. First, we did not take our chances, then there was Mark Noble's missed penalty and finally we allowed ourselves to go to 10 v 10.

    "It was the first Noble had missed in three years. It would happen at some time but it is just unfortunate it happened today. We created chances but this is a big league and it punishes you and it punished us today."

  77. Manager reaction

    West Ham 0-1 Tottenham

    mauricio Pochettino

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, speaking to Sky Sports: "It is an important win. I will say congratulations to my players because it was a great performance. After the penalty and the sending-off of Kyle Naughton it was difficult but we played like a team and deserved the win.

    "The red card for Naughton was a surprise because the ball was not on target. It was a penalty but not a sending-off and it is possible the club will appeal.

    "It was a great goal by Eric Dier. We showed that we play like a team and that is the most important thing. It was a very exciting moment for me. Our supporters were brilliant."

  78. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is a pretty distinctive looking chairman with his mane of blond hair and permatan.

    Just in case anyone doesn't recognise him though, he has a mobile phone case in Palace colours. He is busily tapping away as the action goes on below him. Perhaps heating up the hunt for a new boss.

  79. Player reaction

    Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa forward Andreas Weimann told BBC Sport: "I thought it was a brilliant performance for the whole team. We've got the clean sheet and the win. We're happy.

    "We've had to work hard. It's not an easy place to come so we're happy with the three points. Hopefully we can build on this now."

  80. Manager reaction

    Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa

    Mark Hughes

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes tells BBC Sport: "I think the key for us was the opening goal. Everyone knows how important it is at Premier League level. We didn't quite have that guile or creativity in the final third.

    "First half I was reasonably pleased with the chances we created and with a little bit more care in the box we might have got on top.

    "As soon as we conceded we played into Villa's hands and didn't do enough in the second half to win the game. We can improve. It's the first game and a bit of a wake-up call. Maybe the expectancy has been quelled and that's not such a bad thing. We need to get our heads down now and work hard."

  81. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Alexis Sanchez pulls back his right peg, Arsenal fans hold their breath... nope, not this time. The Chilean duffs an attempted lob well wide from 30 yards out. He is not short on confidence that lad.

    Crystal Palace have made their first foray forward meanwhile, with Wojciech Szczesny claiming a cross ahead of Fraizer Campbell. That is as good as it has been so far for them.

  82. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ashlee Trimmer: Arsenal have a strong starting line up, good bench and a lot of players missing. we have finally got good squad depth.

    Charlie Fee: Just don't get Arsene sticking with's like he wants to make it difficult to win games.

    Max Harrison: Hoping that Sanchez can give us some flair in attack but we need to sign a striker we cant win the league with just Sonogo.

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  83. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Mathieu Debuchy

    Mathieu Debuchy is pressing right up onto Crystal Palace left-back Joel Ward. His looping cross is the sort of thing that Olivier Giroud, stuck on the bench, would love. Yaya Sanogo is not such a presence though in the box.

  84. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    It is still Arsenal setting the tempo with Santi Cazorla almost burrowing his way into the box.

    It has been a lonely old time for Fraizer Campbell on his own up front for Palace.


    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Referee Jonathan Moss is not having any of that. Neat, dinky stuff from Jack Wilshere as he flicks a pass into Aaron Ramsey, but the Welshman goes down too easily in the box when challenged by Scott Dann.

  86. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace's men of the season from last term - their vocal supporters - have already shown plenty of their 2013-14 form. A noisy, bouncing start as their side chase hard for the ball.

  87. Vote result: Team of the day

    We asked you who was your team of the day, and the results are in.

    73.6% of voters selected Swansea City after their 2-1 win against Manchester United. 13.7% chose Celtic, who thrashed Dundee United 6-1, and 12.7% went for Millwall, who defeated Fulham 2-1.

  88. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Former Saint Calum Chambers has taken up a centre-back role alongside Laurent Koscielny for Arsenal. His side have started better. Aaron Ramsey just over-cooks a lobbed through-ball for Mathieu Debuchy who is looking keen as beans down the right.

  89. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ash: Expecting the same old from Arsenal. Strong, steamrollering start before petering out to a fourth place by May.

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  90. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Alexis Sanchez, nicknamed 'the Squirrel' apparently in his native Chile, draws some early ohhs and ahhs with a neat touch down by the right corner flag. Nothing comes from Mathieu Debuchy's cross though.

  91. KICK-OFF

    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Bang on time, we are up and running.

  92. Text us on 81111

    Leicester's Chris Wood

    Dan from Leicester: For me team of the day has to be Leicester. They had 3 key players missing before the game. Their talisman, Drinkwater injured after 30 mins. And after 10 years out of the top flight they played 1 of the best teams in the Premier League and after going behind twice never gave up.

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  93. Post update

    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (17:30 BST)

    Gunnersaurus is out lapping up the opening-day atmosphere.

    What lies in store for his side this season?

    Top for 128 days last season, but also royally walloped away at Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea. They are a difficult one to read. If Aaron Ramsey stays fit, it could be more of the former than the latter.

  94. Post update

    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (17:30 BST)

    Keith Millen

    Meanwhile south of the River Thames, it seems that guiding Crystal Palace from bottom of the table in November to 11th by May - the club's highest finish since 1992 - wasn't enough to earn Tony Pulis a free hand in the summer transfer market.

    He wanted Sunderland's Connor Wickham, chairman Steve Parish preferred to pursue a romantic return for Wilfried Zaha and that was the end of a beautiful thing.

    A shell-shocked Keith Millen finds himself in charge in the away dugout today.

  95. Post update

    Arsene Wenger and Alexis Sanchez

    A tale of two managers at Emirates for me.

    Firstly, after years of scrimp, save and 17-year-old French starlets, Arsene Wenger has smashed the bulging Emirates piggy bank over the last year.

    Less than a year after reeling in £42.4m Mesut Ozil, he waved £35m under Barcelona's nose this summer to grab Alexis Sanchez.

    That is an awful lot of hospitality box prawn sarnies.

    But judging by the bubbly optimism around the Emirates and the 3-0 dispatching of Manchester City in the Community Shield, it has been money well spent.

  96. Over to you

    The sprinklers are on full whack at the Emirates - it's almost kick-off time in the day's final match in the Premier League.

    I'm off to look up the rules of handball, but fear not - Mike Henson is in the hotseat to take you through Arsenal v Crystal Palace.

  97. Eric who?

    West Ham 0-1 Tottenham

    Eric Dier

    There may well be a few of you wondering just who Tottenham's match-winner today is. Eric Dier is a centre-half (not that you would know it from his finish) signed from Sporting Lisbon in the summer.

    Born in England, he moved abroad as a child but don't worry, he can still clear the roof of most stands with his clearances.

  98. QPR reaction

    QPR 0-1 Hull

    Rio Ferdinand

    R's owner Tony Fernandes drops a heavy hint there could be some wheeling and dealing in the transfer market ahead following their 0-1 defeat by Hull...

    Tony Fernandes: 19 chances. Need to convert them but we created them. Few more signings to go.

  99. Chasing a ton

    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (17:30 BST)

    If Arsenal win this match, they will have recorded 100 Premier League victories at the Emirates Stadium. It only seems five minutes since they left Highbury!

  100. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Danny Cheng: Let the Dier puns begin!

  101. Manager reaction

    Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa

    Paul Lambert

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert told BBC Sport: "I thought we were excellent apart from the first 10 minutes where we were a bit nervous.

    "It was a solid performance. The whole back four were great and the goal was excellent. We never got bullied and stood up to it.

    "I thought there were massive performances. It was an outstanding team display. Everyone played their part."

  102. League One round-up

    Bristol City came from a goal down to beat Colchester and maintain their 100% start to the League One campaign. There are five teams who have also won their opening two league games as Chesterfield, Peterborough, Fleetwood and Crawley also registered victories.

    There are also five teams yet to get off the mark, including Sheffield United following their loss to Coventry. Preston were the biggest League One winners as they eased to a 4-0 victory at Scunthorpe.

  103. Vote: Team of the day

    We want you to have your say on who was your Final Score 'team of the day.' You can choose from Celtic's 6-1 win over Dundee United, Millwall's second consecutive victory of the season after they defeated Fulham 1-0 or vote for Swansea City after they beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford.

    Vote here or tweet #Celtic, #Millwall or #Swansea to @bbcsport. The vote closes at 17:20 BST and the terms and conditions are available here.

  104. Post update

    What on earth is that sponsor all about...?

  105. Swans way

    Angel Rangel Swansea City

    Swansea defender Angel Rangel: Great start to the season! Gran inicio de liga!

  106. Ones to watch

    Mark Noble

    Some key moments to catch up on on MOTD later on:

    Aiden McGeady's goal for Everton. Beauty.

    Penalties awarded for both QPR and West Brom. Very soft indeed.

    Jeff Schlupp's 'shot' for Leicester. Wild.

    Penalty misses from Mark Noble and Charlie Austin. Rank.

  107. Championship round-up

    Bournemouth stay top of the Championship thanks to a Junior Stanislas winner against Brentford giving them a second successive league victory. Millwall are level with them on six points after they beat Fulham, who have lost their opening two Championship games.

    The Cottagers have nil points along with Brighton, Blackpool and Huddersfield as they lost to Birmingham, Blackburn and Cardiff respectively. Wigan were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Burton in midweek and their misery was compounded as they lost at Charlton, with Franck Moussa grabbing a dramatic late winner.

  108. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Myles: Great start for Villa. Massive 3 points to start! More goals and points to come.

    Tim Arstall: Solid and promising win for Birmingham, much improved from last season.

    Ross Arnett: Not a single home win today. Who could have predicted that? Arsenal should be a bit worried now

    You can text in to 81111 (UK Only), tweet us at #bbcfootball, post on our Facebook page or message us on our Google+ page.

  109. Post update

    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (17:30 BST)

    Arsenal fan

    I wouldn't say it was chilly in London this evening but Alexis Sanchez is warming up in what is basically a coat. Can the new man from Chile catch fire?

  110. LINE-UPS

    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (17:30 BST)

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Arteta, Sanchez, Ramsey, Cazorla, Sanogo. Subs: Rosicky, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal, Martinez, Campbell, Coquelin.

    Crystal Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Ward, Puncheon, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Chamakh, Campbell. Subs: McCarthy, O'Keefe, Hennessey, Gayle, Murray, Bannan, Delaney.

    Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

  111. Post update

    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (17:30 BST)

    No home wins in the Premier League yet then. Will Arsenal buck the trend?

  112. Team News

    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (17:30 BST)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger elects to start with Yaya Sanogo and summer signing Alexis Sanchez in attack. France striker Olivier Giroud is on the bench, as is Joel Campbell, who is back from a loan spell with Olympiakos. Wenger also keeps faith with 19-year-old Calum Chambers who will partner Laurent Koscielny at the back.

    Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen picks striker Fraizer Campbell to lead the line alongside Marouane Chamakh. Fellow new signings Brede Hangeland and Martin Kelly go straight into the backline.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Koscielny, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Sanchez, Sanogo.

    Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Ward, Puncheon, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Chamakh, Campbell.

  113. Post update

    It's all over! The usual flurry of late drama, penalties, red cards - we've had the lot.

    We just need a manager meltdown to complete the set now.

  114. FULL-TIME

    QPR 0-1 Hull

  115. FULL-TIME

    West Brom 2-2 Sunderland

  116. FULL-TIME

    Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa

  117. FULL-TIME

    Leicester 2-2 Everton

    Top start.

  118. Post update

    Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa

    Paul Lambert and Roy Keane shout at official

    Stoke really banging on the door but Ron Vlaar is a colossus...

  119. FULL-TIME

    West Ham 0-1 Tottenham

    Mauricio Pochettino
  120. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tim Bechervaise: In the Dier-ing minutes, Spurs score!

    Alex Gone: Eric has en-Dier-ed himself to Spurs fans.

  121. Post update

    That was extraordinary from Eric Dier. Great touch.

  122. GOAL

    West Ham 0-1 Tottenham - Eric Dier (90 mins)

    Eric Dier scores

    What's he dong up there?! Centre-half Eric Dier scores on his debut, like a seasoned centre-forward.

    He's up top, played in, he skips around the goalkeeper and then slides in left-footed! Jermain Defoe would be pleased with that. An instant hero...

  123. Post update

    QPR 0-1 Hull

    Gleen Hoddle

    QPR have unveiled their secret weapon - Glenn Hoddle.

    The former England manager comes down from his station in the stands to inspire the troops...

  124. GREAT SAVE!

    West Ham 0-0 Tottenham

    Frenetic stuff in this game now as Stewart Downing is superbly denied one-on-one by Hugo Lloris before Nabil Bentaleb's fizzing effort from distance is batted away by Hammers keeper Adrian. Tense finish.