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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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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."

Hard-fought first victory of the season! 👍⚽⚽ These three points belong to North London... 😊 #YaGunnersYa #cpfcvafc

Hard-fought first victory of the season! 👍⚽⚽ These three points belong to North London... 😊 #YaGunnersYa #cpfcvafc

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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
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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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FT: Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

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

Ozil
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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. 

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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.

Arsenal celebrate
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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

Palace come forward again...

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.