Arsenal Leave It Late Against Crystal Palace

Arsenal broke Crystal Palace hearts late on at the Emirates Stadium at the beginning of the new English Premier League season on Saturday to win 2-1.  Nine minutes into the game the hosts managed to shake up the Palace defence when Aaron Ramsey fired a shot but it was blocked.  A shot in the 16th minute from Alexis Sanchez missed the post and the shot went wide to the right.

The Gunners seemed to be the only one’s heading to the posts after Yaya Sanogo missed a shot to the left.  Another shot from Sanchez saw Jack Wilshere’s shot being saved.  Julian Speroni conceded a corner for the home side but Sanchez’s header went wide to the left coming from that corner.

After 35 minutes the visitors headed for the goals for the first time and Marouane Chamakh’s shot was blocked.  Brede Hangeland’s header from six yards saw him score a goal for the Eagles from a corner and they had a shock lead.  Arsene Wenger’s side still fought for a goal as Santi Cazorla’s attempt was blocked.

Calum Chambers was shown a yellow card for a bad foul but with three minutes of stoppage time added Arsenal managed to pull one back as they scored thanks to Laurent Koscielny’s header from a set piece.  The first half ended with a goal each.

The beginning of the second half saw Jason Puncheon being shown a yellow card.  Nacho Monreal replaced Kieran Gibbs due to an injury.  Puncheon’s shot at goal was blocked after he left-footed the ball.

A rebound shot saw his ball being saved this time.  Chamakh was shown a yellow card for a bad foul.  Puncheon was handed a second yellow card which saw him sent off and this left managerless Crystal Palace with only 10 men.  Aaron Ramsey took advantage of Palace as he scored the second goal for Arsenal to seal all three points.

Despite leaving it late, the Gunners are up and running.

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