Arteta scores, sent off as Arsenal beats Palace

Mikel Arteta scored a penalty before being sent off as Premier

League leader Arsenal won 2-0 at managerless Crystal Palace on

Saturday.

Arteta opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the London

derby two minutes into the second half after Serge Gnabry was

fouled by Adlene Guedioura.

But Arsenal had to play the last 25 minutes with 10 men when

Arteta was adjudged by referee Chris Foy to have brought down

former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh when he was still about 35

yards away from the goal.

”It has to be a clear goalscoring opportunity,” Arsenal

manager Arsene Wenger said. ”It was very far from goal, (Arteta)

was not the last man, and even the foul was, to me, accidental. So

I think he got that wrong.”

Wojciech Szczesny kept the game scoreless with a diving

one-handed save to tip away a long-range shot by Mile Jedinak.

Olivier Giroud then headed in Arsenal’s second in the 88th after

connecting with Aaron Ramsey’s cross to ensure the Gunners

provisionally went five points clear at the top.

”We showed a lot of resilience and patience and good

organization against a team who were really up for it,” Wenger

said. ”It was a very convincing win because when we were down to

10 men we mastered the situation quite well.

?”They came at us and we dealt well with the long balls. Every

time we came out in the last 15 minutes it looked like we could

score, and we got one with two minutes to go, which was a relief,

and gives us three important points.”

Palace remains next from bottom in the standings with three

points from nine games. The south London club is searching for a

new manager after Ian Holloway left on Wednesday.