Arsenal 2 - 1 Crystal Palace

Match info: Premier League at Emirates Stadium

Date: 16/08/2014 KO: 17:30 Ref: Att: 59,962

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Laurent Koscielny 45+1
Aaron Ramsey 90+1


C Palace

Brede Hangeland 35

FT (ht: 1-1)

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  • Arsenal 2 Crystal Palace 1. Late drama at the Emirates as Ramsey earns all three points for the Gunners. Palace unfortunate, but must now turn their attention back to the appointment of a new manager.

  • Ward delivers. Under the crossbar and Szczesny can't gather. He is, however, bundled into by Chamakh and a free-kick is given. That should be about it.

  • Wenger's men haven't been at their best, but now look like collecting all three points. Palace looking for a leveller, but Ward can't catch up with a ball down the left. He wins a throw, and Chamakh a corner. Last chance for the visitors.

  • Arsenal now looking to keep hold of the ball and play down the final few seconds. Having got their noses in front, they don't want any more late drama.

  • Heartbreak for Palace. They looked to have done enough, but are now down to 10 men and staring defeat in the face. Set-pieces were such a big thing under Pulis as well.

  • GOAL ARSENAL - RAMSEY. Surely a winner for the hosts. Set-piece yet again. The initial corner is seen out, but fed back out to Oxlade-Chamberlain. His cross is met by Koscielny and turned on by Giroud. Debuchy's close-ranger shot is beaten out, but Ramsey is on hand to bundle home.

  • Five minutes of stoppage-time to be played.

  • Hangeland Jedinak get in each other's way and end up putting the ball behind for a corner. Jedinak now struggling with cramp. Change being made before the set-piece. Bolasie making way for O'Keefe.

  • Monreal caught late by Puncheon. A loose pass invited the Palace man into a challenge. He slid in and caught Monreal on the ankle. Second booking and he is sent off.

  • Debuchy down the right for Giroud. He is forced backwards by Delaney. Arsenal looking for a yard. They can't find one and settle for a throw. Oxlade-Chamberlain can cross this time, but straight into Speroni at the near post.

  • Cazorla again dwelling on the ball and losing it. The crowd were urging him to shoot, but he kept looking for another touch. No need as the space was there. Palace fail to counter through Bolasie.

  • Oxlade-Chamberlain looks to force over a cross from the right. He gets it all wrong as the ball bobbles behind. Arsenal may need to write this off as a bad day at the office, take a point and move on.

  • Campbell's debut comes to an end as he makes way for Gayle. Another willing runner up top for Palace, and one who is prepared to track back and help to see this out.

  • Monreal calling for the ball. When he gets it, he goes backwards. Arsenal need to up the tempo. Alexis tries to do just that. He finds Giroud inside the box. From a tight angle, he drills across the face of goal.

  • Another Arsenal move breaks down as Chambers strides out and looks for Oxlade-Chamberlain. A lapse in concentration results in Palace winning a throw. Home support not too impressed.

  • Monreal looking for Giroud, but plays a pass beyond him. Palace struggling to get out again. A lot of tired minds and tired legs out there now.

  • Not happening for Arsenal, or for Cazorla. The Spanish schemer has seen plenty of the ball, but has done little productive with it. Another wayward pass leaves his boot and skids out for a throw.

  • Expect Arsenal to keep looking left to Alexis now that Kelly is struggle. Palace may need to get him off. Down the middle at the moment, with Palace sitting off the hosts. Arteta looks right, but Oxlade-Chamberlain can only glance down the line and out of play.

  • Alexis exchanges passes in midfield. Again he is forced out to the left, and again he puts far too much onto his delivery into the middle. Kelly has gone down with cramp.

  • Alexis over the free-kick, wide on the Arsenal left. Not the best. Neither a cross nor a shot. He looks to bend the ball towards the back post but gets far too much on it and sends it spinning over the top.


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