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Summary

  1. Arsenal win their first match of the season
  2. Giroud scores stunning acrobatic first goal
  3. Sanchez header turned in by Delaney for winner
  4. Ward had drilled Palace level before the break

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That is that from this live text today but click here to follow radio commentary and text commentary of Manchester City v Chelsea here. 

    Cheerio, it has been a pleasure.

  2. Manager reaction

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    More from Arsene Wenger who tells BBC Sport : "That was a bit scary when we missed those chances. We are used in our game to be punished after that which makes the three points more important.

    "Alexis Sanchez has had only two weeks' training but he still had the mental resources to score a vital goal for us.

    "It's not a 100 per cent fit Sanchez but it's a 100 per cent motivated Sanchez and sometimes that's enough."

  3. Post update

  4. Manager reaction

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    More from Arsene Wenger on Sky Sports: "I'm very pleased with the three points. If we had gone two games and zero points it would be absolutely difficult and we knew this would be a tricky one. 

    "Last week we had a bit of a stroll and thought we would win the game. Today we played real Premier League football from the first minute to the last.

    "With the ambitions we have made you have to have full commitment and we had that today."

  5. Manager reaction

    FT: Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger on his decision to replace Francis Coquelin after he avoided a second yellow card .

    He told Sky Sports: "I felt it wasn't fortunate. I would like to see that again but in the end the pressure created by the crowd meant I took him off. When you are 2-1 up and he is playing quite well that's difficult. It's a sensitive decision."

  6. Manager reaction

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew on BBC Sport: " The game changed on two incidents. We hit the post at 1-1 and you have to argue they are lucky to have 11 players. Everyone knew in the stadium he should have gone.

    "The game was very even, they play a different style. They were good, much better than against West Ham. Sharper in the mind and we stlll feel aggrieved we haven't come out with anything.

    "I thought the three new boys were our best players and we know the others are great. That is a good sign. Arsenal were a hurt animal but the early period was bad for us, we made a lot of mistakes."

  7. Manager reaction

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    The Crystal Palace boss obviously thinks Francis Coquelin was a lucky man...

    Alan Pardew tells Sky Sports: "I said to Lee Mason 'listen. That tackle before half time is not a sending off at that point but that's his last chance, you know that'.

    "He then makes the foul and he's (should be) off at that point. Arsene Wenger knew that and took him off.

    "It's a decision Lee Mason needs to be braver on."

  8. Stat attack

    FT: Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    - Arsenal’s last three Premier League clashes with Crystal Palace have all ended in 2-1 victories for the Gunners.

    - The Eagles have registered just three victories in their last 12 Premier League London derbies (D3 L6).

    - Arsenal's first PL goal of the season has been scored by a Frenchman in each of the last three campaigns.

    - Giroud has scored in each of his three PL appearances at Selhurst Park against Palace.

  9. Player reaction

    FT: Crystal Palace 1 Arsenal 2

    Olivier Giroud told Sky Sports: "I said before the game we really needed these three points to bounce back after the performance at home when we lost against West Ham. 

    "We could have scored more goals in doing a better choice with the last pass but we are really happy to get the three points. 

    "You always get criticised when you lose, especially at home. We said at the beginning of the championship that we want to win the league so we will join the title race. 

    "When you say that you have to face expectations. It was a bad performance (last week) but even though we lost last week the most important in football is to bounce back the week after and keep your faith in your game, which is what we tried to do and succeeded to do today."

    Olivier Giroud
  10. Post update

    Manchester City v Chelsea (16:00 BST)

    There is half an hour before Manchester City and Chelsea do battle. You can follow live text commentary here.

  11. Get Involved

    Chelsea Warrior:  All over, fascinating game. Palace need a good playmaker to play alongside Cabaye. Not shabby all the same

    Jonny Joy:  3 points, but weak, nervous defending, particularly set pieces, aerial challenge stats would be interesting

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  12. Post update

    FT: Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

      Mesut Ozil misplaced just one of his 55 attempted passes today. Not bad eh?  

    Ozil
  13. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

  14. Post update

    FT: Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal's players celebrate in front of their jubilant fans behind the goal. A huge win for the Gunners, after last weekend's opening-day loss, and the Gunners are underway. 

    An entertaining game, with Arsenal very much deserving the win. 

    sTATS
  15. FULL-TIME

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    It comes to nothing as Arsenal break. Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain's shot is blocked by Alex McCarthy and the final whistle goes. It's over.

    Arsenal celebrate
  16. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Palace have a throw midway inside Arsenal's half. Last chance?

  17. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Last-chance saloon stuff from the hosts. But it is too hurried and Arsenal have a free-kick at the halfway line. Time is almost up.

    Jason Puncheon
  18. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Palace come forward again...

  19. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    At the other end, Santi Cazorla's low strike is saved by Alex McCarthy's feet. 

    Into three minutes of injury time.

  20. Get Involved

    Barry Travis:  Still never understand how Cabaye never got a shot at a top 6 club. He NEVER looks out of place against anyone.

    Rasanga:  Fearing the 90th minute headed equaliser. Hope we don't Arsenal this up.

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  21. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Palace are finally pushing. Joel Ward's header towards goal is straight at Petr Cech.

  22. Post update

    And it almost proves costly for Arsenal. Jason Puncheon's right -wing corner is flicked towards goal by Mikel Arteta but it deflects off Jordon Mutch's head in front of goal and over.

  23. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Patrick Bamford's first real involvement is to earn his side a corner. It shouldn't be one as the ball came of Bamford last...

  24. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    If anything, Arsenal look the more likely to score the next goal as they soak up the pressure and hit the Eagles on the break.

    Yahan Cabaye does punt the ball into the penalty area for the hosts but it is all pretty toothless. The Gunners are looking solid.

  25. SUBSTITUTION

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal may not have been as dominant in the last few minutes but they are looking pretty comfortable.

    Kieran Gibbs replaces Mesut Ozil on the left flank for Arsenal. Another player with a more defensive nature,

  26. SUBSTITUTION

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Palace are enjoying more and more off the ball as the minutes tick by. Can they force an equaliser?

    Patrick Bamford replaces midfielder James McArthur for the Eagles. The Chelsea loanee goes straight into attack with Connor Wickham.

  27. SUBSTITUTION

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    A couple of changes. Arsene Wenger goes on the defensive as he replaces attacking midfielder Alexis Sanchez with Mikel Arteta in the centre. Lee Chung-Yong comes on for Wilfried Zaha for Palace and will play in the middle of the park, with Jordon Mutch pushed further forward.

    Lee Chung-Yong
  28. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Is this the start of a big last 15 minutes from Crystal Palace? Connor Wickham picks up a loose ball inside the penalty area but hits it wide.

  29. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Shaky, shaky. Petr Cech looks decidedly dodgy as a Palace cross loops into the air towards him. He just about deals with it, just...

  30. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Into the last 20 minutes and Arsenal looking in control. Palace still a threat on the break mind...

    Stats
  31. Post update

    Man City v Chelsea (16:00 BST)

  32. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    This stat doesn't look particularly encouraging for Palace fans...

    They have not scored two goals in a home game against Arsenal since 1980. First time for everything I guess.  

  33. Get Involved

    Serge Tchwenko:  Smart move from Wenger to take Coquelin off. He was sailing a bit too close to the wind there.

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  34. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    So close to a third for the Gunners. Mesut Ozil produces a sublime deft flick into Aaron Ramsey's path but his pile driver from an angle flies over the bar. Delightful from the German.

    Aaron Ramsey
  35. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

  36. Get Involved

    Nicholas:  Can't believe Arsenal fans complaining about Cech. Warmed the bench for an entire season, of course he's going to be a bit rusty. Give the man a break! 

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  37. SUBSTITUTION

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    No surprise there. Francis Coquelin is replaced by Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain in the centre of the park for the Gunners. He walks off to huge Palace jeers while Alan Pardew ruefully shakes his head.

    He has been taken off before being sent off...

    Francis Coquelin is replaced by Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain
  38. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Francis Coquelin must have some lucky heather on him today. The Arsenal midfielder, already booked, tangles with James McArthur and is penalised. The home fans roar for a second yellow but nothing doing.

    It would have been a hash caution but that is three tackles he could have been booked for now. Time to take him off Arsene?

    Lee Mason talks to Francis Coquelin
  39. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    If Damien Delaney has any friends or family looking at this - look away for a second.

    Palace's vice-skipper was responsible for Crystal Palace's last own goal - in May 2014 against Liverpool. Oops.

  40. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Was Alexis Sanchez's header on target? It's officially a Damien Delaney own goal - here's how it looks in graphic form. 

    A 14-pass move, including the throw.

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  41. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Palace should be level. Hector Bellerin commits himself on the right, allowing Jason Puncheon to chest the ball down and progress into the penalty area. His low shot is too close to goalkeeper Peter Cech though.

    Jason Puncheon
  42. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Ex-QPR forward Bradley Allen on London 94.9: "It was a great powering jump from Sanchez. Delaney couldn't get out of the way - he was slightly off balance."

    Crystal Palace concede
  43. GOAL - Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

    Damien Delaney (OG)

    Arsenal deserve that as Alexis Sanchez leaps like a salmon to put the Gunners back ahead. 

    Hector Bellerin stands the ball up from the right and Sanchez climbs brilliantly to head the ball goalwards and into the net, via a huge deflection off Damien Delaney. It goes down as an own goal but Sanchez will try to claim it.

    Damien Delaney
  44. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal continue to threaten. Santi Cazorla threads a fine ball into Aaron Ramsey's path inside the penalty area but his shot is again blocked.

  45. Post update

    Man City v Chelsea (16:00 BST)

  46. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Again Arsenal waste a dangerous-looking position as the free kick is comfortably cleared. This match is anyone's. It is a crackerjack at the moment.

  47. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    A flowing move from Arsenal involving Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez. Like a knife through butter as they work through Palace's midfield. The ball ends up at Aaron Ramsey on the right but his low cross is cleared with Mesut Ozil waiting to tap home.

    A sublime bit of skill from Ozil then sees Wilfried Zaha chop him down on the bye line. Free-kick and chance...

  48. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Almost a brilliant start for the hosts. Wilfried Zaha has loads of space to drill in a low cross from the right and Connor Wickham, on his home debut, diverts the ball against the post from close range. A let-off for Arsenal.

  49. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    That substitution sees Jason Puncheon pushed out to the left flank in place of Bolasie, with Jordon Mutch playing centrally.

    Jason Puncheon
  50. Get Involved

    Andrew Hook:  Same old Arsenal. Dominant, can't get the second and then no commitment from Koscielny. Bring back Adams and Keown 

    Engr Buchi Nwachukwu:  Its clear Chelsea Fc bus parking policy made Cech look so good. Now in a team that loves open play, all I see is lapses.

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  51. KICK-OFF

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Alan Pardew

    Is this going to be a 12th win? Winger Yannick Bolasie is replaced by central midfielder Jordon Mutch. We are underway.

  52. Post update

    HT: Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is going to have to be very, very careful.

    He made more fouls than any other player in the first half - three. He was booked for one and could easily have been booked for the other two.

    Walking on a tightrope comes to mind - metaphorically, not literally obviously. 

    Francis Coquelin
  53. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

  54. Manager video interviews

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    You can click on the 'Highlights' tab at the top of the page to watch Saturday's interviews with the Premier League managers.

  55. Post update

    HT: Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Santi Cazorla was another who was everywhere for Arsenal in that first half. The Spaniard made 52 passes at a success rate of 92.5%. Noone played more passes.

    Santi Cazorla
  56. Get Involved

    Adam Bolton:  Those 10 points that Cech was supposed to earn us this season... Can we have them now please?

    Ross:  That eagle at Palace looks a lot like Arsene Wenger!

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  57. HALF-TIME

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Bradley Allen on London 94.9: "Two contentious decisions on the stroke of half-time. What would be refreshing if referee Lee Mason said after the match 'sorry I made a mistake'. But it's been a breathtaking football match."

  58. The pass master

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Mesut Ozil has enjoyed himself today. Just one unsuccessful pass for him, demonstrated by the red below. Everything has been in Arsenal's attacking half as well.

    Ozil
  59. HALF-TIME

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    A cracking first half. Arsenal dominated for the majority but Crystal Palace are right in this game after Joel Ward's second Premier League goal.

    Arsenal posession
  60. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Howls of 'off, off, off' from the Palace fans as Francis Coquelin sends Wilfried Zaha sprawling. The Arsenal midfielder was booked a few minutes ago and that could easily have been a second caution. He gets away with that big time.

    Francis Coquelin
  61. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal continue to press but they over-do it on the edge of the penalty area - not for the first time.

  62. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    The corner from the right comes to nothing. Francis Coquelin though picks up the ball fifty yards out and sprays a delicious cross-field pass to Aaron Ramsey. His touch inside the penalty area lets him down and the chance is gone.

  63. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    A good start to the season for James McArthur.

    The Crystal Palace midfielder already has two assists this season, equalling his best ever return for assists in a single Premier League season.

    Free-kick for Arsenal in a dangerous position, but the cross from the left is cleared. Arsenal still look a threat. They have a corner...

    James McArthur
  64. Get Involved

    Matthew Penistone:  Have to say again a lack of closing down has cost us. No blame on Cech there just too few players putting bodies on the line.

    Derek Pillie:  Did Koscielny move out of the way of Ward's strike? Watched it back a few times & looks like he should have stopped it.

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  65. GREAT SAVE!

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Take a bow Alex McCarthy.Arsenal break with pace once again and, again, Mesut Ozil is at the centre of it.

    His low cross from the left is flicked goalwards by Aaron Ramsey but the Palace goalkeeper brilliantly flings himself to his left to parry the ball away.

    Alex McCarthy
  66. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal attempt to get control back as they pass the ball round patiently in midfield. Santi Cazorla spots a hole in Palace's midfield and drives through it. After a bad pass and a spot of pin ball, it ends up back at Cazorla's feet but he shoots horribly over the bar from the edge of the area.

  67. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

  68. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Straight as an arrow that one - here's what Joel Ward's equaliser looks like in graphic form.

    Joel Ward goal
  69. PENALTY APPEAL

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Wilfried Zaha tumbles in the penalty area under the challenge of Nacho Monreal. The Palace fans rise as one, shouting for a penalty, but absolutely no chance. Zaha fell over the Arsenal man and play carries on.

    Wilfried Zaha and Nacho Monreal
  70. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    How's this for a stat?

    Arsenal have conceded from 3 of the 6 shots on target they have faced this season...

    Not a great start to life at the Gunners for goalkeeper Peter Cech.

    Petr Cech
  71. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Ex-QPR forward Bradley Allen on BBC London 94.9: "That's the beauty of the Premier League. You can play sides that can outclass you but if you have belief... that was a tremendous strike and finish from Joel Ward."

    Joel Ward
  72. GOAL - Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

    Joel Ward

    Who saw that coming? Not me.

    The Palace fans have gone crazy asJoel Wardfires low into the net from 28 yards to pull his side level.

    Yannick Bolasie chests the ball back to James McArthur and his lay-off was clinically drilled home by Ward.

    Against the run of play but Palace don't care..

    Crystal Palace celebrate
  73. FULL-TIME

    Wolves 1-1 Hull

    It's full time in the Championship as Wolves and Hull draw 1-1 at Molineux. Follow reaction here. 

  74. Get Involved

    Tom Mason:  Sick of the unjust Giroud criticism -people would bash Shearer if he still played for not doing 20 stepovers before shooting

    Alistair Wiseman:  very Van Bastenesque from Giroud there. People forget last season he broke his leg. Who needs Benzema?

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  75. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    And still Arsenal pour forward.

    Alexis Sanchez gets in down the right and his cross-cum-shot is parried by goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. Joel Ward is then just able to stab clear before Olivier Giroud gets on the end of the rebound.

    Joel Ward
  76. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    You get the feeling Giroud likes playing against Palace. He has scored on three of his five PL games against Crystal Palace - all coming at Selhurst Park.  

  77. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    Here's that Olivier Giroud goal. Incisive play from the Gunners. 

    Olivier Giroud goal
  78. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    Crystal Palace look a tad bit like a punch-drunk boxer at the moment. They are staggering on the ropes, trying to play for time as they get to grips with the battering they are taking. Boss Alan Pardew looks furious...

    Cabaye and Ramsey
  79. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

  80. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    Ex-QPR striker Bradley Allen on London 94.9: "It was a spectacular finish. When that cross was cut back, he had a lot to do - it was at shoulder height. To get the contact and control. That's one of the goals of the season so far."

    Olivier Giroud
  81. GOAL - Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    Olivier Giroud

    Arsene Wenger punches the air and rightly so. That is a beauty.

    Mesut Ozil takes advantage of some more poor Joel Ward defending and his cross from the left is acrobatically volleyed home by Olivier Giroud.

    The Arsenal striker was reaching behind him as he stretched to fire home from 16 yards. Brilliant.

    Olivier Giroud scores
  82. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Some breathing space for Palace's defenders as they enjoy some possession in Arsenal's third.

    Wilfried Zaha has been busy early on and he sets up Yohan Cabaye, on his home debut, who shoots straight at Petr Cech from 20 yards.

  83. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal have had over 70% possession in the opening stages - Crystal Palace can't get out of their own half - as this heatmap shows.

    Crystal Palace heatmap
  84. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    A graphical glance at Alexis Sanchez's early chance as, first Joel Ward, and then James McArthur block him out.

    Alexis Sanchez blocked shot graphic
  85. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Ex-QPR forward Bradley Allen on BBC London 94.9:  "I just sense regarding Wilfried Zaha's performance against Norwich last week he's grown up a bit - he knows he can't just be tricks and flicks."

  86. Where's Oxlade-Chamberlain?

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

  87. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Crystal Palace look a little bit all over the shop at the moment. Boss Alan Pardew had to make some early tactical shifts in their opening-day win at Norwich and it looks like he will have to do similar today.

  88. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Joel Ward is caught napping on the ball and Alexis Sanchez robs possession before surging forward. He cuts inside on the edge of the penalty area but his shot is blocked, Arsenal mean business...

    Joel Ward and Alexis Sanchez
  89. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    A fast and furious start. Arsenal are defending a corner one minute and nearly score the next.

    Francis Coquelin plays Mesut Ozil through and his delicious ball across sets Alexis Sanchez in on goal. It looks like he must score but he delays and Joel Ward recovers to snuff out the chance.

    A lightning quick break.

    Messut Ozil
  90. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal almost make the early breakthrough after a lovely move down the left. Aaron Ramsey pulls the ball back from the bye line but Olivier Giroud's shot from close range is crowded out.

    End-to-end stuff...

    Olivier Giroud
  91. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Crystal Palace are very much packing the midfield in the opening few minutes. Jason Puncheon has dropped into a midfield five, leaving debutant Connor Wickham on his own up top. They will try and starve the Gunners of possession...

    Connor Wickham
  92. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    A quick start from Palace as Joel ward's cross from the right forces a corner. It comes to nothing but a bright, positive opening from the hosts.

  93. LINE-UPS

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Crystal Palace XI: McCarthy; Ward, Dann Delaney, Souare; Zaha, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Bolasie; Wickham.

    tEAM

    Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud  

    Arsenal
  94. KICK-OFF

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

     Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 12 visits to Selhurst Park in all competitions.

    They have not started a season with successive league defeats since the inaugural Premier League season of 1992-93.

    Confident Arsenal fans? We are under way.

  95. Arsenal expecting 'big fight'

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

    Olivier Giroud

    Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, speaking to Sky Sports: “I think we are going to learn from our mistakes, especially on set-pieces. The result last week was really unexpected.

    “Every time I play here it’s a big fight – the crowd is amazing. Still not as good as our crowd, but no, it is always nice to play here. They've signed some very good players, including my friend Yohan Cabaye, but we’re going to focus on our game and hopefully going to win today.”

  96. Get Involved

    Lewis Chipunza:  No brainer playing Ramsey or Carzola on the wings at the expense of Oxlade and Theo. In Arsene we trust.

    Jack Thomas:  Surely Bamford over Wickham

    Tim Benson: So the Ox, Man of Match against Chelsea and only player to come out of West Ham game with any credit, gets dropped. Just how badly does Ramsey have to play before Arsene decides he's not playing well!! 

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  97. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal

    Here come the teams...

    The Palace fans are in good voice as they welcome their side to the pitch.

    They won their opening top-flight game for only the second time in 44 years, but have never won their opening two matches in the top division.

    Crystal Palace fans
  98. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

    Ex-QPR forward Bradley Allen on London 94.9: " I'm a big fan of Palace manager Alan Pardew. What he has done with previous teams - he gives belief to his players. He's made a statement of intent with his team selection today."

  99. Palace v Arsenal live on BBC London 94.9

    BBC Sport

    You can listen to live coverage of the match at Selhurst Park onLondon 94.9.Click on the Live Coverage tab.

  100. Get Involved

     Join in the discussion by tweeting us using  #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK only) or go to the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page

  101. Post update

    Wolves 1-1 Hull

    Howler alert...

    Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor has just gifted Wolves's James Henry an equaliser at Molineux.

    Butter fingers comes to mind. Follow all the action here.

  102. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal

    The Crystal Palace eagle is looking particularly perky today. Looking as proud as punch, Kayla is set to be released for her traditional fly around the ground...

    The atmosphere is building.

    Kayla
  103. Get Involved

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

    Rasanga:  CM Ramsey on the wing while two pacey wingers sit on the bench #ArseneKnows

    Jay:  Really excited about this match. Crystal Palace vs Arsenal might end 0-0 but given the players they have, it can't be boring.

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  104. Getting it Wright?

    Looking good Wrighty, looking good.

    The former Arsenal striker has pitched up to Selhurst Park today in splendid style.

    Taking his Terminator reference in this week's BBC feature a little bit too literally perhaps?

    Ian Wright
    Ian Wright
    Ian Wright
  105. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

    Arsenal

    They bounced back to win the FA Cup and League Cup that season, but still only finished 10th. 

    Talking of Ian Wright...

  106. 'Arsenal must be at their very best'

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, speaking to Sky Sports: "We’re in good shape. We’ve got some great players on the pitch and great players off the bench today, we are much stronger than we were last year.

    "Yannick Bolaise wasn’t quite right for the first game but now he is up to speed. He gives us something different and Connor Wickham starts because I thought he might trouble those two centre-halves. He’s done terrific in training.

    "Arsenal’s defeat to West Han is definitely not going to work in our favour – there is going to be a renewed spirit among them to put that right. I’d fancy they’ll be a bit more aggressive but we gave them one hell of a game here last year and I thought they were lucky to win. They will have to be at their very best today."

    Alan Pardew
  107. Playing big teams now or later?

    MOTD2 Extra

    Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam:  "We as a club would probably rather play the big teams early because they are not in their stride yet. It gives you a better opportunity of getting a result."

    Crystal Palace will hope that rings true today...

  108. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13;30 BST)

    We are approaching half an hour to kick-off at Selhurst Park as the players go through their limbering up routines on the pitch.

    As the fans slowly start filtering into their seats there is a real sense of anticipation about this place.

    With Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham set to make their home debuts, plus the likes of Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha on the flanks, there is a lot to be excited about.

    Yannick Bolasie warms up
  109. 'Palace could be too strong for Gunners'

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

    Crystal Palace

    Ex-player Danny Mills on MOTD2 Extra: "The pressure is on Arsenal. A point for Palace will be a great result. I'm a little bit concerned for Arsenal. You look at Palace - the likes of Yannick Bolasie can trouble defender Laurent Koscielny. 

    "It's only Theo Walcott that can come on and change Arsenal as an attacking force."

  110. Pace and movement key for Arsenal

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

    Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam on facing Arsenal:  "The thing you have to watch with Arsenal is their speed and the way they move the ball, the pace they have. 

    "Alexis Sanchez is a big presence back for them but it will take him time to get back into the pace of the game. He has only trained for 10 days. Is he fit?

    "For Arsenal, the pace and movement is key. You need to match your runs against them but at home? I think I fancy Palace to get something."

  111. 'Combative, committed Palace'

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30)

    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to Sky Sports: "Alexis Sanchez will have an impact. He is a player who can make good decisions and has a great fighting spirit - away from home that is even more important.

    "To start matches yes he is ready but to last 90 minutes is another question. You play him as long as you can.

    "Crystal Palace are one of the strong teams in the league I believe. They have a good defence and have potential in attack. We expect them to be very combative, and the pitch here is always a very committed pitch. 

    "You have to prepare for the fight but you also mustn't forget to play."

  112. 'Man City might struggle'

    MOTD2 Extra

    Ex-player Danny Mills: "Joe Hart and Sergio Aguero are the only big players who have performed. Aguero is key and is injury prone. Can Wilfried Bony come in and be that player? 

    "If Aguero goes missing then City might struggle. I've tipped them to finish fourth."

    Wilfried Bony and Sergio Aguero
  113. Mourinho right to rant?

    MOTD2 Extra

    More from Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam:  "Jose knows what he has done. He has taken the pressure of his players ahead off a game against title contenders.

    "The players will be sat there knowing the pressure is on Manchester City."

  114. Mourinho right to rant?

    MOTD2 Extra

    Jose Mourinho has been at the centre of controversy this week after clashing with his medical staff.

    Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam, speaking on MOTD2 Extra: "I think it is frustration. The player gets asked from the referee if he needs attention and he has obviously said yes. Jose is frustrated from drawing the game and losing the man means you go on to have a chance of losing the game.

    "It is a big game today to set a marker against probably one of the title contenders as well and if they go there, knowing the way Jose Mourinho works, they will probably nick a win."

    Ex-player Danny Mills on Chelsea's squad: "You look at the net spend. Newcastle have spent more than anyone else. The big teams might buy big but they spend big. 

    "Ideally they want Everton defender John Stones in. Maybe Chelsea need another creative midfielder or forward. It looks like current midfielder Juan Cuadrado is out of the picture."

    Jose Mourinho
  115. Team news

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew makes two changes to the side that won 3-1 at Norwich last Saturday. There are home debuts for Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham, who replaces Glenn Murray up front, while Yannick Bolasie comes in for midfielder Jordan Mutch. On-loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford could come off the bench for a first Palace appearance.

    Crystal Palace XI: McCarthy; Ward, Dann Delaney, Souare; Zaha, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Bolasie; Wickham

    Crystal Palace
  116. Team news

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger makes two changes to the side that lost 2-0 at home to West Ham on last weekend’s opening day. Chile forward Alexis Sanchez makes his first start of the season following his extended break after the Copa America to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Hector Bellorin replaces Mathieu Debuchy at right-back.

    Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud

    Arsenal
  117. Team news

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

    And here is that team news...

    Alexis Sanchez makes his first start of the season for the Gunners. Line-ups to follow.

  118. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

  119. Palace fans are optimistic

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

    Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parrish on MOTD2 Extra:  "I think in the 90s it was positive - in the times of Wright and Bright. But this is the first time since then people have felt optimistic. We are a work in progress. We are not the finished article. You have to try to set new standards and achieve new things. As you're bringing new players in you have to get everything else around them right. 

    "The club has been underinvested for many years.It was a great statement getting in Yohan Cabaye. But you don't win games in the transfer window, you win them on the pitch. I think we'll do some business before the transfer window. We expect one or two to go and one or two to come in."

  120. Stylish Stoke

    MOTD2 Extra

    Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam on MOTD2 Extra: "To go to Tottenham and get a point, we are happy with that. 

    "The lads spoke about in the dressing room before, our bench compared to Tottenham's bench was a big difference. They didn't have a striker on the bench which was a big thing for them.

    "We have started OK, hopefully we can kick on and get a win."

    Former England international Danny Mills:  "The middle group of teams you don’t expect in a relegation fight nor make the Champions League – they need the bigger squads. 

    "The likes of Stoke, Southampton and Tottenham need the bigger squads. A lot of clubs are struggling for top-class strikers."

  121. MOTD2 Extra

    BBC Two, 12:15 BST

    All Saturday's Premier League action will be discussed in today's MOTD2, which is starting online and on BBC Two now..

    Host Mark Chapman is joined by ex-player Danny Mills, Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam and commentator Steve Bower.

    The main talking points:

    • Sunday's Man City v Chelsea clash, and Jose Mourinho's and the club's handling of his medical staff.
    • How concerned should Sunderland fans be after conceding seven goals in two games? Is it part of a wider malaise?
    • Everton plane protest - views of a minority or more wide spread than that?

    Join in the discussion by tweeting us using   #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

  122. MOTD2 Extra

    12:15 BST, BBC Two

  123. #GetInspired

    Who is your club's unsung hero?

    Jack, Durham via text: I'd nominate myself for the hero of our uni league team for acting like Diego Costa, winding up the opposition then paying up the £10 yellow card fined week after week

    KB via text: My unsung hero is the security guard who is between the dugouts at all Chelsea home Games. I'm 27 and can't remember a time not seeing him there.

    So who is your club's unsung hero and why? 

    • Is it someone like Jack?
    • The kit person?
    • The tea person?

    It could be anybody from Premier League to Sunday league level - photos welcome too.

    Tweet us using    #getinspired or text 81111 (UK only)

  124. Post update

    Man City v Chelsea (16:00 BST)

  125. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

    Crystal Palace

    We are just an hour and a half away from the first Premier League action of the day and it promises to be a cracker.

    Arsenal looking to recover from their opening-day disaster, while Crystal Palace are looking to join Manchester United and Leicester with two wins from two.

    We will focus on the build-up and team news for the match shortly, but first a closer look at the later game between Manchester City and Chelsea...

  126. Happy birthday Joleon

  127. Gunning for glory

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

    Crystal Palace

    Talking about Arsene Wenger, a few people are predicting this could be the Gunners' season - as seen in this BBC pundits feature.

    They haven't made a great start though, losing to West Ham at home on the opening day, and things don't get any easier with a trip to Crystal Palace.

    Palace themselves could have eyes on a surprise European spot this campaign.

    The fans are already turning out at Selhurst Park...

  128. #GetInspired

    Who is your club's unsung hero?

    Andrew Yaxley:  MUFC's unsung hero...Barry Moorhouse. Worked at United for 40 years. Started the membership scheme & currently pampers players 

    So who is your club's unsung hero and why? 

    • Is it someone like Barry?
    • The kit person?
    • The tea person?

    It could be anybody from Premier League to Sunday league level - photos welcome too.

    Tweet us using   #getinspired or text 81111 (UK only)

  129. Cahill pumped

    Man City v Chelsea (16:00 BST)

  130. Deja-vu

    Manchester City v Chelsea (16:00 BST)

    So, what has Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho been up to now then?

    Talking about City boss Manuel Pellegrini signing a new contract, he somehow managed to turn that into a chance to have a pop at Arsene Wenger.

    When asked if he was surprised by the deal, Mourinho said: "Why? Some other clubs, they have disappointed for 15 years and the manager is the same."  

    Ouch.

  131. Get Involved

    Southampton 0-3 Everton

  132. Get Involved

    Southampton 0-3 Everton

  133. Martinez calls for unity

    As mentioned earlier, Everton manager Roberto Martinez says the club needs unity after fans staged a fly-past protest against chairman Bill Kenwright and the Toffees board.

    A plane carrying a banner reading: 'Kenwright & Co #time to go NSNO,' flew over St Mary's Stadium during Everton's 3-0 win at Southampton on Saturday.

    The Blues secured their first victory at St Mary's in over a decade against a lacklustre Southampton on Saturday though as two goals from Romelu Lukaku caused the damage.

  134. #GetInspired

    Who is your club's unsung hero?

    Lydia Bleasdale-Hill: One of Everton's was the late Dave Hickson. Inspirational on club tours, which he did (alongside playing) well into his 70s. Encyclopaedic knowledge of the club, inspirational character and an all round gentleman. A fantastic club ambassador

    Paul Harrison:  i'd like to nominate myself as the unsung hero of several clubs. I make the toast @TrentBridge & park the cars @Official_NFFC

    So who is your club's unsung hero and why? 

    • Is it someone like Dave Hickson? Or Paul the toaster?
    • The kit person?
    • The coach driver?

    It could be anybody from Premier League to Sunday league level.

    Tweet us using   #getinspired or text 81111 (UK only)

  135. Post update

    Wolves v Hull (12:00 BST)

  136. BBC Radio 5 live coverage

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Sunday's 5 live commentary coverage kicks off at 11:55 BST with Wolves v Hull in the Championship.

    Then at 16:00 BST the feature match is the mouthwatering clash between Manchester City v champions Chelsea.

    And the day finishes with phone-in 606 with Ian Wright and Kelly Cates.

  137. Travel sick?

    Wayne Rooney

    Another team to have started the campaign well are Manchester United, whose 1-0 win at Aston Villa made it two out of two for them this season.

    Plenty of chat they still need a striker though and, judging by the stat above, perhaps they do need one for their travels in particular.

    A bit of travel sickness for Wayne?

  138. Get Involved

    Sunderland 1-3 Norwich

    At least Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong enjoyed himself...

  139. Tough times for Black Cats

    Sunderland

    It has been another miserable weekend for Sunderland fans.

    And Black Cats manager Dick Advocaat says he will hold a Sunday meeting with his players to find out why his side have started the season so badly.

    The Black Cats followed up their 4-2 opening-day defeat at Leicester with a 3-1 reverse at home to newly promoted Norwich on Saturday.

    "It was even worse than last week," Advocaat said. "We have to discuss with the players how we go on."

  140. Top of the league

    Premier League

    A little bit early to be publishing a Premier League table? Not if you are a Leicester City fan.

    The Foxes' win at West Ham on Saturday sees them sitting pretty with a 100 % record after two matches. 

    Enjoy it while you can - it appears one BBC presenter is...

  141. #GetInspired

    Who is your club's unsung hero?

    David Forbes:  Hero of our bottom-placed Sunday league team the Petulant Peacocks is keeper Murphy for keeping the weekly damage to 8 goals

    So who is your club's unsung hero and why? 

    • Is it someone like Murphy who is bombarded every week
    • The kit person
    • The coach driver?

    It could be anybody from Premier League to Sunday league level.

    Tweet us using   #getinspired or text 81111 (UK only)

  142. MOTD2 Extra

    BBC Two, 12:15 BST

    Jose Mourinho

    A great Saturday of Premier League action will be discussed in today's MOTD2.

    Host Mark Chapman will be joined by ex-player Danny Mills, Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam and commentator Steve Bower.

    The main talking points:

    • Sunday's Man City v Chelsea clash, and Jose Mourinho's and the club's handling of his medical staff.
    • How concerned should Sunderland fans be after conceding seven goals in two games? Is it part of a wider malaise?
    • Everton plane protest - views of a minority or more wide spread than that?

    Join in the discussion by tweeting us using  #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

  143. Your Premier League Life

    City life

    Manchester City have scored 3,539 goals since striker Uwe Rosler was born, with the German netting 69 of them between 1994 and 1998.

    The City scene has changed quite a bit since then, but if fans are expecting to add to the 17 trophies and promotions won in Rosler's lifetime this season, they might be in for a shock.

    My Premier League Life predicts City fans will have to wait until 2018 for their next piece of silverware. Will manager Manuel Pellegrini still be around then?

    Have a go at BBC Sport's interactive feature here.

  144. #GetInspired

    Who is your club's unsung hero?

    Fahad Khan:  Forget Eva. Chelsea's unlikeliest hero is Billy the masseur. He even gave the team talk during last season's win against City

    So who is your club's unsung hero and why? Is it the person who serves the tea, the kit man, the coach driver?

    It could be anybody from Premier League to Sunday league level.

    Tweet us using    #getinspired or text 81111 (UK only)

  145. Can you beat Lawro?

    Predictor

    Fancy yourself as a bit of a mystic? Spend your spare time gazing into crystal balls? We've got the interactive game for you. 

    Map out the road to glory for your team by predicting the scores for all the games this season with our Premier League Predictor.

    See how your guesses fare against other supporters and pundit Mark Lawrenson, plus get feedback from BBC Sport's team including Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer. Give it a go. It's fun. 

  146. Gossip column

    Here are a few snippets from today's Gossip Column:

    Chelsea are worried that Manchester United and Manchester City both want to sign Everton defender John Stones, 21. (Mail on Sunday)

    Wolfsburg have told Manchester City to pay £50m for Belgium winger Kevin De Bruyne, 24. (Daily Star Sunday) 

    Tottenham expect to complete the £20m signing of West Brom forward Saido Berahino, 22, next week. (Sunday Mirror) 

    Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, 26, says he would be tempted by an approach from a top club. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

  147. Gossip column

    The Sunday Telegraph

    The Sunday Telegraph leads with a picture of Stoke coming back from 2-0 down to draw with Spurs on Saturday.

    Jose Mourinho's swipe at Arsene Wenger and Dick Advocaat calling a crisis meeting at Sunderland is also high on the agenda.

  148. Gossip column

    Sunday Express

    So what do you think Manchester United fans? Read the full Daily Express story here, which also includes a rumour of Mario Gotze to Arsenal...

  149. The back pages

    First though, let's have a look at the stories making the back pages over night...

  150. #GetInspired

    Who is your club's unsung hero?

    Plane protest at St Mary's Stadium

    Everton Roberto Martinez backed his under-fire chairman Bill Kenwright after a banner reading: 'Kenwright & Co #time to go NSNO,' flew over St Mary's Stadium during Everton's 3-0 win at Southampton on Saturday.

    "Only he knows the effort he had to put in for the football club," said Martinez.

    So who is your club's unsung hero and why? Is it the person who serves the tea, the kit man, the coach driver?

    It could be anybody from Premier League to Sunday league level.

    Tweet us using  #getinspired or text 81111 (UK only)

  151. Post update

    Hello and do we have a belter of a day of Premier League football ahead.

    The defending champions Chelsea v the 2014 champions Manchester City will be the sumptuous main course, but not before a delicious starter of Crystal Palace v Arsenal.

    We will bring you live text commentary of both games, plus all the reaction to yesterday's match and the build-up and fall-out to today's.

    Stay tuned, it could be a cracker.

  152. Post update

    With the new Premier League season just a week old, he has already upset his own club's medical staff.

    Medical staff

    He has taken another swipe at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

    Mourinho

    And now Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho comes face-to-face with another old adversary - Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini. A recipe for controversy? Oh yes, this could be tasty.