Arsenal edged Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon as they picked up 3 points and moved to third in the English Premier League table. The Gunners started well as the home side conceded an early penalty in the eighth minute as Pape Souar fouled Danny Welbeck. Santi Cazorla converted the spot kick with his right foot and handed his side a one-goal advantage.
After the 20th minute, Arsene Wenger’s men were still in front but Palace continued searching for the equalising goal. Fraizer Campbell had an attempt at goal but his shot missed to the right as the Eagles pressed. Before half-time Welbeck’s next shot was saved but Olivier Giroud finished off with a tap-in as he made it 2-0 to the visitors as the match went to the break.
In the second half Alan Pardew’s side had a mountain to climb, but the home side dominated the first 15 minutes as they were showing more intent but the visitors were still ahead after sixty minutes. In the 64th minute Dwight Gayle’s header went over the bar as they continued searching for a goal. In the 72nd minute Pardew’s men were awarded a free kick but Jason Puncheon’s shot went just wide.
Tomas Rosicky replaced Mesut Ozil while Kieran Gibbs replaced Welbeck as the Gunners were looking to protect their two-goal advantage as Palace started to threatened the visitors defence. In the 90th minute Glenn Murray netted a goal in a stoppage time and in the last 30 seconds of the match Murray almost snatched a late equaliser as he hit the post but Arsenal survived as the match ended 2-1.