Arsenal 2, Palace 0
- Published: 26 Oct 2013 at 20.35
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LONDON - Goals from Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud helped keep Arsenal atop the Barclays Premier League table as they cruised to a 2-0 victory over struggling Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The result at Selhurst Park gave Arsenal 22 points from nine matches. Palace remain second from bottom on just three points.
The win gave Arsene Wenger's men a lift after their 2-1 setback at home to Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday's Champions League fixture.
Crystal Palace's Adlene Guedioura vies with Arsenal's Mikel Arteta for the ball during their English Premier League match at Selhurst Park in London on Saturday. (AP Photo)
Arsenal are now unbeaten in their previous 13 away games in all competitions, winning 11 and drawing two.
The visitors stormed out to start the match but struggled to break down the Palace defence. The home side settled into the game, getting stronger as the half went on and creating a couple of quality chances.
Arsenal finally got onto the scoresheet just a minute into the second half when Serge Gnabry was brought down in the penalty area by Adlene Guedioura, and Mikel Arteta converted from the spot.
However, Arsenal were reduced to 10 men in the 66th minute when Arteta was sent off bringing down Marouane Chamakh very clumsily.
Seeing his side's energy flagging, Wenger brought on Jack Wilshere four minutes later to replace Gnabry, but Palace continued to press. Only a pair of splendid saves by Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny kept the home side at bay.
Arsenal finally put the match out of reach after 87 minutes when Olivier Giroud headed in a cross from Aaron Ramsey.
Palace had been hoping for a better result in their first match under interim manager Keith Millen, who stepped in after Ian Holloway was sacked.
The promoted side entered play with just one win - a 3-1 triumph over bottom side Sunderland in August. They have now lost seven straight including the Arsenal match, their worst stretch since March 2001.