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    First show from Palace as Chamakh takes on Koscielny. heavy touch from the former Arsenal man, though, and Szczesny is out to claim
    2/2/2014 4:14:18 PM
    Speroni's rushing for no one as he takes an age over a goal-kick - one for the ref to keep an eye on
    2/2/2014 4:19:17 PM
    Midway through the first half, and it couldn't really be going any more to script as Palace continue to make it hard for Arsenal. it's as congested as this photo suggests...

    2/2/2014 4:23:54 PM
    As you were in today's two games as Watford lead Brighton 1-0 and Forest are 2-1 up on Yeovil. As I type that, Watford go 2-0 up with a Forestieri goal
    2/2/2014 4:25:14 PM
  • [scottishfootball]CELTIC 1-0 ST MIRREN
    Still no change to the scoreline, although the visitors have fared a little better in the second half so far - in terms of possession and chances.
    2/2/2014 4:28:32 PM
  • ARSENAL 0-0 PALACE[crystalpalace]
    Chamakh's having a more than decent first half for Palace, dropping deep to help out in midfield and using the ball well. Arsenal very laboured in their passing, and Palace are finding it pretty easy at the minute...

    2/2/2014 4:33:27 PM
    Commentator's curse almost does for poor Palace there as Ozil's free-kick - possibly with the slightest headed glance from Koscielny - requires a fine one-handed Speroni save to keep it out
    2/2/2014 4:34:43 PM
    [betting]Arsenal are still seeking a breakthrough, can Palace keep them at bay all game? Sky Bet offer 5/1 on this finishing 0-0, while the visitors are 16/1 to sneak a 1-0 win. See all our in-play odds here.
    2/2/2014 4:35:50 PM
  • ARSENAL 0-0 PALACE[ouch]
    Nasty-looking collision as Speroni and Sagna career towards each other in pursuit of Arteta's pass. The keeper gets there first, but it's Sagna who needs a bit of treatment. Looks like he'll be fit to continue
    2/2/2014 4:37:25 PM
    Palace's turn to threaten as they force a corner down the right. The big men lumber forward, but a good defensive header from Giroud does the job for Arsenal
    2/2/2014 4:39:44 PM
    Chamkh's in the book for tugging Ozil's shirt, and the German's free-kick is met by Mertesacker this time. The header's straight at Speroni
    2/2/2014 4:42:59 PM
  • ARSENAL 0-0 PALACE[arsenal]
    Arsenal's full-backs look their best route to a breakthrough, and Monreal gets in behind again onto Cazorla's pass. The cut-back is in Giroud's direction, but Gabbidon gets in the way
    2/2/2014 4:45:58 PM
  • [half-time]ARSENAL 0-0 PALACE
    Frustrating, but hardly unexpected, half for Arsenal. Palace's bus is well and truly parked, and Arsenal haven't really looked like shifting it, although Speroni has made one decent save
    2/2/2014 4:48:36 PM
  • [scottishfootball] CELTIC 1-0 ST MIRREN
    Full time in Glasgow where the Hoops move 21 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table. Kris Commons netted the only goal early in the match as Celtic made it 11 straight league games without conceding.
    2/2/2014 4:53:35 PM
  • TOURE HOWLER[liverpool]
    Poor old Kolo cost Liverpool a point at West Brom earlier with an awful pass to gift Anichebe an equaliser, but Brendan Rodgers won't hold it against his centre-half...

    2/2/2014 4:55:35 PM
  • [betting]Crystal Palace’s odds to win 1-0 have now been boosted to 18/1 with Sky Bet, one of many Price Boosts at the break. Arsenal remain odds-on (1/2) to win despite enduring a frustrating opening half, with a draw rated 2/1. See all our in-play odds here.

    2/2/2014 4:56:24 PM
    All over in today's two games. Yeovil stay bottom after losing 3-1 at Nottingham Forest, who count new boy Djebbour among their scorers. Watford's 2-0 victory over Brighton, meanwhile, hits the visitors' play-off hopes
    2/2/2014 4:59:40 PM
  • ARSENAL 0-0 PALACE[kick-off]
    Just didn't happen for Arsenal in the first half. Fail to win today, and there'll be more who write them off with a difficult run of games ahead. What have you got?
    2/2/2014 5:03:13 PM
  • [goal]GOAL! ARSENAL 1-0 PALACE (Oxlade-Chamberlain)
    Arsenal needed another gear, and they find one straight away! Chamberlain's run from midfield catches Chamakh ball-watching, and he controls Cazorla's dinked pass to finish left-footed over Speroni
    2/2/2014 5:04:49 PM
  • ARSENAL 1-0 PALACE[arsenal]
    Familiar feeling for Palace, who conceded two minutes into the second half when the sides met at Selhurst Park in the autumn. That one finished 2-0 - can Palace salvage the situation this time?
    2/2/2014 5:07:30 PM
  • ARSENAL 1-0 PALACE SAVE![save]
    Great chance for Palace to hit back immediately as a break catches Arsenal's defence napping. Bolasie meets a cross from the left with a wayward header, but it falls for Jerome, whose effort is kept out at point-blank range by Szczesny
    2/2/2014 5:09:41 PM
    Livening up now, and Podolski wastes a decent opportunity to double the lead with uncharacteristically panicky slash from a tight angle. The finish doesn't match his lovely interchange with Cazorla and Arteta
    2/2/2014 5:12:42 PM
    Here's the goal that separates the teams - really cool finish from Chamberlain, who last scored for Arsenal more than a year ago...

    2/2/2014 5:13:59 PM
    Tony Pulis is changing things round here as Bannan replaces Jerome - the little Scot should certainly help them keep the ball a bit better
    2/2/2014 5:15:36 PM
    [betting]Palace are now 9/1 to take a point from this game, but they’ll surely have to score the next goal if they’re to have any chance. Sky Bet make Arsenal 4/6 to score the next goal with the visitors given an 11/2 chance. Bet in-play here.
    2/2/2014 5:17:48 PM
    Chamberlain perhaps a little carried away by his goal as he lets fly from nigh-on 40 yards. Speroni's not called into action
    2/2/2014 5:18:44 PM
    Monreal sells Arteta short with a horrible pass, and palace have a break on. Decent defending from Arsenal's centre-halves dampens the danger
    2/2/2014 5:22:22 PM
  • ARSENAL 1-0 PALACE[crystalpalace]
    Delaney ploughs into tackle from behind on Cazorla to earn himself a yellow card. He does win the ball, but the ref obviously thinks it's reckless. Palace having a decent spell, nonetheless, and Bannan skies over with a half-chance on the edge of the box
    2/2/2014 5:26:41 PM
    Arsene Wenger is concerned enough to make a change, sending on Rosicky for Podolski. Mixed bag from the German today
    2/2/2014 5:29:33 PM
  • [goal]GOAL! ARSENAL 2-0 PALACE (Oxlade-Chamberlain)
    This could be a killer blow for Palace, and it's Chamberlain who doubles the lead with his second. Chamberlain back-heels to Giroud and collects a return pass before cutting in from the left to fire in a low shot via Speroni's left hand
    2/2/2014 5:30:49 PM
    Arsene Wenger tells anyone who'll listen that Chamberlain will be a top central midfield player - he's certainly justified his manager's faith today...

    2/2/2014 5:35:55 PM
    Chamberlain clearly fancies a hat-trick here - he's making regular runs beyond the strikers. It's Ozil who has the latest shot, though, a deflected one straight at Speroni as Bolasie's slip lets him in
    2/2/2014 5:39:02 PM
    Palace haven't given it up, and Bolasie hits a decent long-range strike over the top. Chamakh's run himself into the ground and will make way for Gayle as we enter the final eight minutes or so
    2/2/2014 5:40:28 PM
    Arsenal changes now - Bendtner and Gibbs for Ozil and Giroud. back on the pitch, Szczesny and Koscielny leave a Mertesacker pass to one another before the keeper eventually spots the danger and hacks the ball way with Gayle bearing down
    2/2/2014 5:42:08 PM
    Mertesacker in the book for hauling down Bolasie on the edge of the box - chance for Palace to get back into it here...but Gayle blasts it straight into the shins of the wall
    2/2/2014 5:44:00 PM
  • [supersunday]ARSENAL 2-0 PALACE
    Gary Neville names Oxlade-Chamberlain his man of the match just as the Arsneal man goes down with what looks like a bit of cramp. All three subs are on, so he'll have to keep going
    2/2/2014 5:47:34 PM
  • ARSENAL 2-0 PALACE[ouch]
    Rosicky's just back from a broken nose, and he does his best to bend Chamberlain's out of shape as the two Arsenal men bang heads. No harm done
    2/2/2014 5:48:50 PM
  • [full-time]ARSENAL 2-0 PALACE
    Job done for Arsenal, who go two points clear at the top thanks to Oxlade-Chamberlain's two second-half goals. The timing of the first, just after half-time, was a real kick in the teeth for Palace, who stay just a point clear of the bottom three. Over to you, Manchester City and Chelsea...
    2/2/2014 5:51:56 PM
  • [westbrom]That result leaves Palace level on points with West Brom, who came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Liverpool earlier. Here's what Pepe Mel had to say afterwards

    2/2/2014 5:59:09 PM
  • [arsenal]BACK IN STYLE
    Some performance for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on his first start in the Premier League since the opening day. Today's man of the match has been talking to Sky Sports...

    It was really nice to get a start in midfield - it's nice the boss has faith in me.
    It's something I want to add to my game, more goals, so to get two today was great. Obviously I've been off the pitch for a while, so it's nice to help the team

    2/2/2014 6:02:02 PM
  • [twitter]No danger of Mesut Ozil getting carried away by Arsenal's latest win...

    2/2/2014 6:06:55 PM
  • BIG FUTURE[arsenal]
    No doubting Arsenal's match-winner today - here's Arsene Wenger's view...

    We played against a team who were very well-organised, united and physically strong. We had to be patient, and Chamberlain got us two great goals. He has shown today he can be a very important player for us

    2/2/2014 6:10:19 PM
    Arsene Wenger also clears up the Kim Kallstrom situation. Arsenal knew about a "micro-fracture" in the Swede's back but got assurances Spartak Moscow would share the cost of his wages during his absence and decided to go ahead with a loan deal. Kallstrom will be available "end of February, mid-March at the latest", according to Wenger
    2/2/2014 6:13:16 PM
  • [scottshfootball]HEARTS BROKEN
    We can't wrap up today's blog without mention of an incredible Scottish League Cup semi-final at Easter Road, where Inverness made it through on penalties despite playing the whole of extra-time with nine men. Here's some reaction...

    2/2/2014 6:18:24 PM
  • CAN ARSENAL WIN IT?[arsenal]
    So Arsenal will sit down for tomorrow night's huge game in Manchester as Premier League leaders. Have they got a chance of defying the nay-sayers and hanging on at the top? Martin Allen has given Sky Sports News Radio his view...

    2/2/2014 6:24:33 PM
    Another Super Sunday ends, and Arsenal are the big winners. A 2-0 victory over Palace means they sit two points clear at the top and eight above fourth-placed Liverpool, who could only draw 1-1 at West Brom. At the bottom Albion and Palace both have 23 points, one more than third-bottom West Ham. Come back to us tomorrow, when we'll have all the build-up to the big game at the Etihad in our Sky Sports Today blog, followed by in-depth coverage of the game itself. For now, thanks for reading...
    2/2/2014 6:27:40 PM
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