LiveCrystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal - reaction

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

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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."

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.聽

"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."

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

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聽a sensitive decision."

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew on BBC Sport: " The game changed on two incidents. We hit the post at聽1-1 and you have to argue they are lucky聽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."

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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聽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."

Stat attack

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

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

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

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

Player reaction

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Olivier Giroud told Sky Sports:聽"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.聽

"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.聽

"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.聽

"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."

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

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

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

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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.聽

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

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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.

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

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

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.

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

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

Into three minutes of injury time.

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

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

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

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

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.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

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

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.聽The Gunners are looking solid.

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

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

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

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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.

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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聽Zaha for聽Palace and will play聽in the middle of the park, with Jordon Mutch聽pushed further forward.

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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.

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...

Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

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

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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.聽聽

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

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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.

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Nicholas: 聽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!聽

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

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

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

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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?

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