The final match of the weekend in the Premier League takes place on Monday night with Crystal Palace hosting Arsenal at Selhurst Park. Roy Hodgson is back once more for another campaign with the Eagles and they made a good start to 2023/24 with a 1-0 win at Sheffield United on the opening weekend.
Arsenal, meanwhile, battled to a 2-1 home victory over Nottingham Forest, with Mikel Arteta’s side hoping to go one better this term after finishing runners-up to Man City in May.
The Gunners have added the likes of Declan Rice and Kai Havertz to their squad over the summer, while Palace lost key winger Wilf Zaha - but have brought in Matheus Franca from Flamengo in their big-money addition so far. Follow all the live action below as Crystal Palace host Arsenal and see the latest odds for the game here.
Arsenal beat Crystal Palace despite controversial Takehiro Tomiyasu red card
Only Manchester City and Brighton had won their opening two games but the Gunners joined them on six points after a narrow success at Selhurst Park.
In a close-fought encounter, captain Odegaard stepped up to steer home a second-half spot-kick, with the visitors then hanging on for the final quarter of the game after Takehiro Tomiyasu was sent off.
Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal: Odegaard scored a penalty but two yellow cards for Tomiyasu were both questionable
FT - Palace 0-1 Arsenal
Declan Rice speaking to Sky Sports:
“When you’re a player on that pitch and you look at the clock with 20 minutes to go against a young, athletic Crystal Palace side, you know it’s going to be tough. But you’ve got to have courage if you want to win titles and I think we deserved it in the end.
“It was a massive relief to get through 20 minutes. We controlled the game completely when we went down to ten men but we put our bodies on the line to get three points.
“I think at the start of the season we have ref meetings and they explain the rules. We know we get yellows for time-wasting. To see seven, eight minutes go up can be frustrating but that’s the new law.
“Against Forest we played a diamond and I was left side. Tonight I was the pivot and I dropped back one spot, I’ve learned a lot in four weeks. To play at the highest level you need to be one of the best and I want to keep flourishing.”
FT - Palace 0-1 Arsenal
Good start to the campaign for Arteta’s men - they face Fulham, Man United and Everton in their next few matches, before the north London derby after the international break.
Palace have one win from their two games.
FT’ - Palace 0-1 Arsenal
And that’s the end of the game! The whistle goes and it’s a big cheer from the away fans, a big clench of the fists from Mikel Arteta - the Gunners really had to dig in for the final half-hour to keep that clean sheet.
Six points from two games for last year’s runners-up.
90+6’ - Palace 0-1 Arsenal
Mitchell lashes as shot just over! Ramsdale flaps at a cross, palms down a ball straight into the left-back’s path...and he smashes over the bar. Decent chance but not made the most of.
Another cross comes in and again the keeper doesn’t keep hold of it first time around - but then he falls on the ball second time around and it’s safe.
He’s patted on the back by his defence but that’s two escapes for him in succession.
90+3’ - Palace 0-1 Arsenal
Back come Palace. It’s not quite as frantic in the last couple of minutes after seeing the seven go up on the board - will the patient approach pay off?
Arsenal are stocked at the back now with Kiwior in there as well and the latest cross from Eze floats over everybody and straight through to Ramsdale.
89’ - Palace 0-1 Arsenal
A succession of crosses and clearances - Ayew and Edouard both almost, but not quite, finding enough space for an effort on goal. Arsenal always doing just enough to get a body in the way or close out some space.
ARS subs: Kiwior and Zinchenko on for Odegaard and Saka.
Seven minutes added on, so there’s still plenty of time for the hosts to find another chance.
86’ - Palace 0-1 Arsenal
Edouard tries to bundle his way through three challenges but never quite has the ball under control to shoot. Eze forces Partey into a hurried clearance - then Mitchell’s cross evades White and Edouard completely misses his attempted header. Wasn’t set at all as the ball came to him - that’s Palace’s best chance.
82’ - Palace 0-1 Arsenal
No real ability for Arsenal to get out of their defensive third at the moment, having taken off Nketiah. A series of long balls just keep coming straight back at them.
Hodgson turns to his bench as he looks for a late point in the Eagles’ first home game of the season.
CRY sub: Ward replaced by Rak-Sakyi
79’ - Palace 0-1 Arsenal
Some questions over Coote over both Tomiyasu bookings - he only had the ball for the throwin for eight seconds before being carded. Looks like the ref made the defender the fall-guy for an overall approach from Arsenal, then carded him again for that minor altercation minutes later.
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