Arsenal beat Palace to go top

Arsenal went top of the Premier League table after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Last Updated: 03/02/14 at 19:22 Post Comment

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: At the double for Arsenal

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: At the double for Arsenal

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The 20-year-old England midfielder - fit again following five months out with a serious knee injury suffered on the first day of the season - finally ended Palace's stubborn resistance when he chipped in a fine pass from Santi Cazorla just after the restart.

After Cameron Jerome's close-range effort was saved by Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny, Oxlade-Chamberlain struck again to make sure of victory when he combined with Olivier Giroud before running clear to beat Julian Speroni after 73 minutes.

Arsenal now move two points above Manchester City, who host third-placed Chelsea on Monday night, while the Eagles remain in a dogfight for survival, just a point above 18th-placed West Ham.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had recalled both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski into the starting XI from Tuesday night's frustrating 2-2 draw at Southampton, but there was no place in the squad for deadline-day loan arrival Kim Kallstrom, the Sweden midfielder out with a back problem.

Palace signed several players late on Friday, so only goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was in the squad, as Marouane Chamakh faced his former club.

Arsenal created the first opening on eight minutes when Mesut Ozil's lofted pass picked out left-back Nacho Monreal on the overlap, but Speroni was out quickly to save.

At the other end, Chamakh - allowed to leave by Arsene Wenger in the summer following an unsuccessful loan spell at West Ham - got clear of the Arsenal defence, but a heavy touch saw the ball spin through to Szczesny.

Palace are a much-changed unit under Tony Pulis and remained disciplined as Arsenal had more possesion.

Arsenal felt they should have been given a penalty when Giroud was held by Nile Jedinak at a corner, but referee Jon Moss was not interested.

Ozil's floated 25-yard free-kick was glanced on by Laurent Koscielny and the ball looked to be dropping into the bottom corner, but Speroni made another good save at full stretch.

Palace were happy to interrupt Arsenal's flow at every opportunity, and Chamakh was shown a yellow card on 42 for another niggling foul on Ozil.

Arsenal finally broke Palace's resistance with a well-made goal two minutes into the second half. Cazorla picked up the ball on the right and lofted over a perfectly-weighted pass into the penalty area where Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived on queue to chip the goalkeeper for his first goal of the season.

Arsenal, though, had Szczesny to thank for keeping the scores level as the Polish international threw himself towards the near post to somehow block a low header from Jerome at point-blank range.

The home side heeded the warning and were soon back on the offensive, Podolski firing into the sidenetting.

Pulis made a change on 56 minutes as Jerome was replaced by Barry Bannan and Chamakh pushed forwards into a 4-5-1 formation.

With 18 minutes to go, Podolski came off for Tomas Rosicky - fit again following surgery on a broken nose suffered at Aston Villa.

Moments later, the Czech playmaker had a hand in Arsenal's second as he fed Oxlade-Chamberlain in the centre-circle. The England midfielder exchanged a neat one-two with Giroud before charging on into the right side of the penalty area and then beating Speroni for a second time with a low shot into the bottom right corner after 73 minutes.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Sunday, 14 September 2014
16:00
Man Utd 4-0 QPR  
Saturday, 13 September 2014
17:30
Liverpool 0-1 A Villa Report
15:00
Chelsea 4-2 Swansea  
C Palace 0-0 Burnley  
Southampton 4-0 Newcastle  
Stoke 0-1 Leicester Report
Sunderland 2-2 Tottenham  
West Brom 0-2 Everton  
12:45
Arsenal 2-2 Man City Report
Sunday, 31 August 2014
16:00
Leicester 1-1 Arsenal Report

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 4 9 12
2 A Villa 4 3 10
3 Swansea 4 3 9
4 Southampton 4 5 7
5 Man City 4 3 7
6 Tottenham 4 2 7
7 Arsenal 4 1 6
8 Liverpool 4 1 6
9 Man Utd 4 3 5
10 Everton 4 -1 5
11 Leicester 4 -1 5
12 Hull City 3 0 4
13 Stoke 4 -1 4
14 Sunderland 4 -1 3
15 West Ham 3 -1 3
16 QPR 4 -8 3
17 C Palace 4 -3 2
18 Burnley 4 -3 2
19 West Brom 4 -5 2
20 Newcastle 4 -6 2

Updated Sun, 14 Sep 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Morgan Schneiderlin feels Southampton squad could be stronger this season

Morgan Schneiderlin does not feel the busy summer of transfer business at Southampton has had an adverse effect.

Primera Division: Atletico beat Real in Madrid derby; Barca defeat Athletic Bilbao

Neymar's brace gave Barcelona a win over Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp, while Atletico beat Real in the Madrid derby.

Bundesliga: Shinji Kagawa scores in Borussia Dortmund win, Bayern Munich triumph

Bayern Munich returned to winning ways with victory over Stuttgart, while Shinji Kagawa scored for Borussia Dortmund.

Mail Box

A Lousy Day At The Office For Liverpool

We have some excellent thoughts on Arsenal's draw and Liverpool's woeful loss, plus praise for Villa, Diego Costa, Philippe Senderos and the 'final' word on hitting the post...

Was LvG Too Quick To Judge Welbeck?

That's one shout in the mailbox, which typically includes a reference to the great man's cojones. Plus, more on Jack Wilshere and F365's free transfer David Bowers...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property