FT: Crystal Palace 0 Arsenal 2

The final whistle blows at Selhurst Park and the final score is Crystal Palace 0 Arsenal 2.

90
Ozil drifts into the Palace area and feeds Giroud but his pass is wayward.

90
Giroud has a speculative left-foot effort from a long way out and it never looks like troubling the Palace goalkeeper, sailing high and wide.

90
Monreal tries to bundle his way through again but his control lets him down and Speroni collects.

90
Palace continue to come forward but Sagna deals with the ball in and sends Arsenal on another counter.

90
There will be a minimum of four additional minutes.

89
Ramsey comes forward again and tries to find Wilshere but Palace just get back in time to deal with the threat.

88
GOAL! (Giroud) Ramsey does really well for Arsenal, holding the ball up before chipping a lovely ball over for the on-rushing Olivier Giroud who fires his header past Speroni. Palace caught on the counter by 10-man Arsenal.

87
Ozil should probably have scored as Monreal finds the Germany international in space in the box but his spectacular volley is over the top.

86
Long ball from Arsenal goes through for a Palace goal kick and they look to build again.

85
Palace not exactly pouring forward with five minutes to play but they're seeing plenty of the ball and will be pumping it into the box whenever possible.

84
A Palace free kick can't find Delaney at the back post but they win the throw. Jedinak sends it forward to Chamakh but he can't quite chest it down to get a shot away.

83
Ozil skilfully comes in from the right and sends over a low cross but it's just behind the onrushing Arsenal attackers.

82
Monreal in on the act again but his pass doesn't find Giroud.

81
Monreal goes on a brilliant run, cutting in from the left and going solo into the box before firing a shot into the thigh of the Palace defender.

80
Gayle latches onto a Chamakh nod-down before Kebe sends in a cross for Chamakh from the right. Mertesacker just gets enough of his head to the cross to prevent the striker getting on the end of it.

79
Bolasie loses out to Ramsey, who looks for Giroud but the man up front is suddenly looking lonely.

78
The tackles are getting harder as the game goes on and Wilshere makes an impact with a solid challenge. Palace very much dominating possession now.

76
Barry Bannan is now replaced by Dwight Gayle in what is the home side's third and final substitute.

75
Another stunning save from Szczesny from a fine volley from Jedinak, which resulted from the corner. Two brilliant stops from the Arsenal keeper in two minutes.

74
So close to an equaliser for Palace, with Ward's shot long-range smashing onto the crossbar after a slight touch from Szczesny.

73
Arsenal now the side sitting a little deeper, allowing Palace time to pass the ball around in the central third of the field.

72
Also a double change for Arsenal, with Nacho Monreal coming on for Cazorla and Jack Wilshere replacing Gnabry.

Guedioura has been substituted, with Jimmy Kebe coming on.

71
Guedioura is currently down receiving cramp.

70
Chamakh is dispossesed by Ozil and he finds Giroud but the cut back is cleared.

69
Bannan gets a cross in but Sagna deals with it at the back post.

67
Bolasie goes down on the byline and the crowd want a free kick but the referee opts to award a goal kick to Arsenal.

66
The resulting free kick is cleared before Szczesny comes out to claim a cross.

65
RED CARD! Arteta is dismissed for bumping into the breaking Chamakh, who is deemed to be in on goal.

65
Ozil's ball in is headed away by Chamakh before Jedinak sparks a counter.

64
Arsenal just happy to maintain possession for the time being. Sagna sends in another cross from the right and it's headed behind for a corner.

63
Bolasie puts Sagna under pressure in his own half. The Palace man has looked really bright since entering the fold.

62
Ward and Bannan do well on the right hand side before Mertesacker lumps a volleyed clearance up into the air.

61
Another poor pass from Palace and Arsenal have a throw on the halfway line.

60
Giroud aggrieved after seemingly being brought down on the break before Palace come forward. The game really opening up now.

59
Bolasie attacks on the left but Arsenal's defence stands strong. Palace then needlessly give it away in the middle of the pitch.

58
Ramsey quite can't keep the ball in play on the left and Palace have a throw in their right back position.

57
Jerome Thomas is replaced by Yannick Bolasie.

56
Ozil dances into the box but can't get a shot away before Palace break through Moxey and Guedioura, with the full back having a shot saved by Szczesny.

55
Palace are trying to regroup after that early setback in the second half, but Arsenal are keeping the ball stylishly now and won't mind if Palace push forward in search of an equaliser.

54
Sagna finds acres of space on the right and his cross really should be converted by Giroud, whose free header is more of a 'shoulder' and misses the target.

53
A poor pass from Bannan sees a Palace attack break down and Arsenal are looking dangerous again.

52
Palace make a mess of the free kick, trying to take it short and tee up a shot. Arsenal's goalscorer Arteta gets the block in.

51
Palace counter and Gibbs is penalised for pulling back Guedioura. It's a long way out but plenty of Palace players fancy a shot.

50
Close for Arsenal with Delaney sliding in to challenge Gnabry. The ball deflects just wide of the post.

49
Chamakh wins his header following a long punt forward but Arsenal claim the second-ball.

48
The Premier League leaders are in front just moments after the break and it really was a needless and badly-timed foul by Adlene Guedioura.

47
GOAL! Mikel Arteta strokes the ball calmly into the net, beating Speroni to the keeper's right.

46
Penalty to Arsenal! Guedioura with a reckless foul on Gnabry.

46
Crystal Palace start the second half having come out early following the break.

Well it was always going to be a little bit backs-to-the-wall stuff for struggling Palace, but they coped well in the main with a slightly disjointed Arsenal and could have really upset things if Chamakh had latched onto that cross towards the end of the first half.

45
The half-time score at Selhurst Park is Crystal Palace 0 Arsenal 0.

45
Dikgacoi deals with the threat of Giroud on the edge of the Palace area before the big centre-forward fails to find Ozil in what proves to be the last attack of the half.

44
Arsenal back in possession and Ramsey gets to the byline on the left. He links up with Gibbs and Ozil, who sends the ball into the box but Giroud's slightly mishit volleyed effort on goal is saved by Speroni.

43
Mertesacker deals with a Palace long ball and Arsenal win throw deep in the Palace half on the right.

42
Ramsey commits another foul in the middle of the pitch but no yellow cards as of yet.

40
Jedinak leads a break for Palace and he sends in a cross for Chamakh, who appears to misjudge it completely and can't get his head to it when totally unmarked. A bit of a let-off for Arsenal.

39
Another penalty shout as Gnabry goes to ground but it's just on the edge of the box on the right. Ozil's free kick is a good one but can't find a striker and is headed away.

38
Straight up the other end and Ramsey has a powerful effort on goal from a tight angle. Speroni does well as the ball strikes him on the shoulder and goes clear.

37
Bannan's corner almost finds Dikgacoi, with Szczseny beaten, but the result is a goal kick to Arsenal.

37
Thomas does to the back post and finds Delaney. His flick back is blocked for a corner.

36
Gnabry is dispossessed and Palace bring the ball forward. Foul on Guedioura results in a free kick on the left for the home side in a dangerous position.

35
Cazorla makes space with a lovely turn and has a cross-shot from a tight angle on the right. Giroud can't meet it as the ball flies just wide of the post.

34
Gibbs is allowed room on the left but he decides to switch the play yet again. Cazorla heads down the right but his cut back cannot be controlled by Ramsey.

32
Free kick to Palace just inside the Arsenal half for a foul by Ramsey on Chamakh. Bannan finds Jedinak, whose nod back is cleared. The ball drops to Bannan on the edge of the box but his curling effort flies wide of the far post.

31
Palace starting to put a little bit of bite into their tackles in the middle of the park and that will encourage their caretaker manager.

30
Palace win it back and come forward with purpose. Ward does well cutting in from the right but Koscielny makes a strong challenge. Guedioura then has a dig from 25 yards but Szczesny is up the task again.

29
Jedinak does well for Palace but Thomas can't control the pass and Arsenal have the throw. Again they play it back and start to patiently probe away.

27
Bannan sends a free kick into the Arsenal box, which is cleared. Chamakh then tries a shot from outside the area but, although on target, it's a comfortable save for Szczesny.

26
That's not a great sign for the home side; the ball finds its way back to Speroni in goal and he lumps the ball up field, where the Arsenal defence win the header and build another attack.

25
Long-range effort from Thomas but it's low, a little weak in power and well wide of the Arsenal goal. Worth a try though after he cut in from the left.

24
Foul on Ramsey in the middle of the park results in an Arsenal free kick. They play it short but the attempted chipped throughball is again too long.

23
Chamakh offside this time and Arsenal try to construct an attack down the right.

22
Some sharp touches from Serge Gnabry since coming on as an early substitute.

21
A bit of a mix up for Palace as Moxy lets in Sagna down the right but the Gunners can't take full advantage.

20
Something of a breather for Palace now as they pass it around in their own half. When it's finally sent forward, Jerome Thomas has crept offside.

19
Arsenal try a long ball for once but Giroud is just offside and can't quite latch onto the pass anyway.

18
Chance for Ozil on the inside right having been found by Gnabry. He opts to pass for Giroud but can't quite find his man. The resulting corner is easily cleared.

17
Arsenal might just prefer Palace coming out of their half a little but they can't take advantage on this occasion with the counter attack breaking down.

16
More encouraging from Palace with Guedioura and Ward getting on the ball but the former then concedes a free kick for barging into an Arsenal man.

15
Ozil ventures forward but can't quite bring the lofted throughball under control.

14
Thomas beats his man on the left and finds Bannan in the middle but his header is not troubling Szczesny.

13
Massive shout for an Arsenal penalty after the ball appeared to be handled by a stricken defender in the box. Nothing given and Palace head forward for their first attack of the match.

12
Palace really haven't had any possession here but nothing clear cut for the away side yet.

11
Gnabry does well on the right before Ramsey and Arteta link well in the middle. Cazorla then not happy with a Palace challenge and the home side get the throw in.

10
Cazorla finds some space but his attempted throughball is over hit.

9
Arteta sends Gibbs on his way but the full back opts to check his run and send the ball back to build patiently.

8
Cazorla corner is scrambled away by the Palace defence but Arsenal have it back and are still moving the ball from left to right without much pressure on the ball.

7
Flamini hasn't lasted long and has been replaced by Serge Gnabry.

6
Cazorla dropping deep this time to try and start something but Palace are sitting deep and are holding their shape well at present.

5
More possession for the Gunners, who find Ramsey on the right but Palace do well and win a throw in off Sagna.

4
Palace haven't been able to put many passes together just yet, but it was hard to envisage anything other than that beforehand. The home side will have to make the most of it when able to send the ball forward.

3
No way through for Arsenal after some intricate passes but they soon have the ball back and are switching play whenever possible. Sagna swings in a cross for Giroud but his header goes four feet over the bar.

2
Plenty of early touches for Arteta and Cazorla but Chamakh gets back to make a tackle on the edge of his own box.

1
Arsenal get the match under way and start stroking the ball around at the back.

Kam Rayat: "Arsenal to win 6-0. Özil to score 1st."

Chris Sergio writes: "Crystal Palace using the 'Christmas tree formation'! I haven't seen this used since 1986! love it!"

Jordan Green says: "Arsenal will win comfortably 1-3, Giroud twice and Özil to score. P.S. I'm not an Arsenal fan."

The players are in the tunnel ahead of the game and here's hoping for an entertaining encounter. The Premier League has a habit of throwing up some huge surprises so nothing can be ruled out, but it's clearly going to be difficult for Crystal Palace.

Scott Greene is straight to the point with: "4-0 Arsenal Giroud to score first."

Lewis Rodders from Chester has this to say: "I think Crystal Palace will put up a real fight today but Arsenal will be too strong. I'm going for an Arsenal 2-0 win with Giroud first goalscorer."

Kevin Hall writes: "'Lads it's not a real game today so let's get it sorted and close up', could be the mindset which may pay the price IF Palace can hold them out 'til half time. Then the Gunners get frustrated and into a tizzy as each minute ticks by after 60. Just one scenario of encouragement for the home team. Otherwise, a 0-1 result is likely."

Having had a quick glance at Sky Bet's Price Boosts, I'm going for Mesut Ozil to score first and Arsenal to win 2-0, which can be backed at 40/1! Don't forget to get your predictions in to matthew.brocklebank@bskyb.com.

Six changes for Palace from the side that slumped to a 4-1 defeat to Fulham, with Jerome Thomas, Barry Bannan and former Arsenal man Marouane Chamakh among those brought in by Millen. Danny Gabbidon is preferred to benched Adrian Mariappa at centre-back.

So Jack Wilshere is on the bench after picking up another knock on that troublesome ankle in midweek and it will be fascinating to see how Ozil and Cazorla operate together, presumably starting on the right and left respectively, with Flamini, Arteta and the goal machine that is Aaron Ramsey in the middle.

Arsenal team: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Arteta, Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Giroud. Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Monreal, Rosicky, Wilshere, Gnabry, Bendtner.

Crystal Palace team: Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Gabbidon, Moxey, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Bannan, Thomas, Guedioura, Chamakh. Subs: Price, Mariappa, O'Keefe, Puncheon, Kebe, Bolasie, Gayle.

Sky Bet report Arsenal to be one of the best backed teams of the day. The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 13 away matches and are odds-on to extend that run against a Palace side who have drifted from 6/1 to 10/1 to claim only their second win of the season. Olivier Giroud, who has been Price Boosted to 4/1 (from 7/2), is hugely popular to break the deadlock for the third time away from home this season in the first goalscorer market. Head to Sky Bet to place all your pre-match and in-play football bets.

Crystal Palace start life without last season's hero Ian Holloway at the helm and Keith Millen is the caretaker manager for the time being. It could hardly be a worse time to be facing Arsene Wenger's table-toppers, who will be looking to bounce back from a midweek defeat at home to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. Last time these two teams met in the top flight Arsenal romped to a 5-1 victory, while Palace haven't beaten the Gunners at home in any competition since 1979. So I presume everyone expects a comfortable away win, right?

We'll be bringing you the team news as soon as we have it but in the meantime please send in your thoughts and predictions to matthew.brocklebank@bskyb.com and I'll post as many as possible before the match begins.

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