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13:30: Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

  • Olivier Giroud scores a superb opener after 15 minutes
  • Joel Ward's strike levels the Palace.
  • Damien Delaney turns in Sanchez's goal-bound header.
  • Manchester City v Chelsea follows at 4pm.
    Joel Ward
    Ward drew Palace level with a fine strike. Getty Images

Full time: Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal

Palace can't force a leveller in the three minutes of added time and Arsenal grind out their first win of the season. Olivier Giroud and Damien Delaney's own goal were enough, despite Joel Ward's equaliser, to give the Gunners the points. Alan Pardew's side were enterprising and exciting at home again but the results aren't following.

Well that is all we have time for on this particularly live text. We'll be picking up live coverage of Manchester City v Chelsea from 3:30pm so until then, goodbye.

Chances at both ends as we approach stoppage time. Delaney denied by Cech and now McCarthy sticks out a leg to keep out Cazorla's effort.

Palace should really be level. A corner from the right is a good one, Cech can't come and claim and it comes to Jordan Mutch, who can only direct his header over the bar.

Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford is on for Palace as they chase an equaliser in these final 10 minutes. Sanchez and Ozil are both off for Arsenal as they look to shut up shop.

Aaron Ramsey lashes over with his left foot after being put in by Ozil. Mid-way through the second half and Arsenal not yet out of sight.

Francis Coquelin is walking a fine tightrope. Already on a yellow card, the Frenchman escaped a second in the first half and now a second foul right under the nose of referee Lee Mason goes without punishment. Lucky boy indeed and surely Arsene Wenger will make a change in that position.

Goal: Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal (Damien Delaney own goal)

The visitors are ahead again with another cutting attack. The ball is fed to Bellerin whose high cross sees Sanchez leap above Joel Ward and head towards goal, and with Delaney off balance he can only cut the ball into his own net. An own goal for sure and Palace are left to rue defensive mistakes again.

Connor Wickham not known for his goalscoring but he should really have opened his Palace account. A cross from the right finds the forward on the run and he turns the ball onto the post. Cech was motionless. From the rebound, Puncheon lashes the ball over.

Players out for the second half at Selhurst Park. One change for Palace as Jordan Mutch replaces Yannick Bolasie.

Half time: Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

Terrific first half at Selhurst Park. Arsenal have been excellent, if not a little wasteful, going forward and they had led through Olivier Giroud's volley but Joel Ward's fine strike from range has draw Alan Pardew's men level. Chances have since come for both sides in an enterprising game thus far. More of the same please.

Cracking little game this as we enter the twilight of the first half. Both sides look like scoring whenever they go forward, with defences creaking like the proverbial rusty gate. Bolasie and Sanchez central to everything at the moment.

Alex McCarthy keeps Ramsey from making it two as Ozil crosses from the left, but the Eagles 'keeper palms the ball away.

Goal: Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal (Joel Ward)

The perfect sucker-punch from Crystal Palace, who has seen off Arsenal's threat and now they're level. Joel Ward is teed up at the edge of the box and he hits a daisy-cutter which flies past the outstretched Petr Cech. A goal out of nothing.

Arsenal should be out of sight here but Palace are staying alive in the contest. Zaha loses the ball in his own half and the ball falls the way of Sanchez, who after forcing a good low save out of Speroni sees Joel Ward clear the ball away from underneath the crossbar, with Ozil closing in.

An early call for goal of the weekend from Olivier Giroud. A wonderfully worked Arsenal move sees Sanchez cross behind Giroud, who leaps and directs an acrobatic volley past Speroni. Outstanding finish and the Gunners are deservedly ahead.

Goal: Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud)

A defensive error from Palace gives Sanchez the chance to bare down on goal but his shot, with Giroud screaming for the ball, is blocked. Another chance goes begging.

Action at both ends in this opening seven minutes. Yohan Cabaye hits a fine volley from the edge of the box which is blocked and Arsenal break straight away. Ozil feeds Sanchez who is closed down by Speroni but gets his shot away which is hacked off the line by James McArthur. The Chilean showing a lack of sharpness with the goal at his mercy.

Fast start from both sides but the first chance comes to Arsenal as Giroud exchanges passes with Ramsey, but his goalbound shot is blocked by Scott Dann.

Teams are out and we're ready to go at Selhurst Park. Superb atmosphere, as ever, in south London. We're under way in the first Sunday kick-off.

Having retained the FA Cup and signed Petr Cech in the summer, naturally the season began with designs on staging a bid for the league title. Victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield helped enhance those claims but the listless defeat to West Ham has diluted expectations. With Sanchez having returned, this afternoon could be a good indicator.

Palace's summer business, not least their brilliant end to last season which saw them finish in the top half, means there is renewed optimism around Selhurst Park. At Norwich City, the Eagles showed glimpses of encouragement but were in the end of fortunate to take all three points away from Carrow Road. Yohan Cabaye is very much at the epicentre of this team and having been heavily linked with a move to the Gunners he will have a point to prove this afternoon.

Two changes for both sides for this London derby. Palace give Connor Wickham his full debut in place of Glenn Murray, while Yannick Bolasie is back ahead of Jordan Mutch.

Arsenal welcome back their own talisman in the form of Alexis Sanchez, just 12 days after he retuned for pre-season. Mathieu Debuchy makes way for Hector Bellerin in the only other alteration.


Crystal Palace v Arsenal

Crystal Palace: McCarthy, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Zaha, Cabaye, McArthur, Puncheon, Bolasie, Wickham.

Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Ramsey; Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis; Giroud

Alan Pardew has been riding on the crest of a wave at Crystal Palace, finishing in the top half last term after replacing Neil Warnock, before attracting some fine summer signings and orchestrating an opening day win over Norwich City. Today, however comes his biggest test. Arsenal travel to Selhurst Park, though after a first day loss to West Ham, but with the returning Alexis Sanchez in toe and with the motivation to make amends after last weekend's struggles. With Manchester City and Chelsea doing battle later, this is the Gunners' chance to make up some ground. Team news on the way.