Arsenal’s skipper, Martin Odegaard, secured a crucial 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace in their Premier League clash at Selhurst Park on Monday. The match took a dramatic turn when Crystal Palace’s Takehiro Tomiyasu received two yellow cards, leaving them with 10 players on the field.
During the initial half-hour, both teams had several promising opportunities. The standout chance belonged to Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah, who struck the post in the 29th minute following relentless midfield pressure that led to Arsenal regaining possession in an advanced position.
Nketiah missed another golden opportunity in the 36th minute when Declan Rice played him through the defense, but his attempted chip sailed harmlessly over the crossbar.
Early in the second half, Nketiah was at the center of the action once more. He was brought down in the penalty area by keeper Sam Johnstone as he chased a quick free kick from Gabriel Martinelli. Referee David Coote promptly pointed to the spot, and Odegaard expertly slotted the ball into the bottom corner, sending Johnstone the wrong way.
While Arsenal appeared to be cruising to victory, Tomiyasu received his first yellow card for time-wasting at a throw-in in the 60th minute. His evening took a turn for the worse in the 67th minute when he received his second booking for a foul on Jordan Ayew, resulting in his dismissal.
Arsenal manager Arteta reacted swiftly by making several defensive substitutions, which posed challenges for Palace. The closest Palace came to an equalizer was in stoppage time when fullback Tyrick Mitchell’s snap-shot missed the target.
This victory propelled Arsenal to third place in the league, level on points with Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City, with goal difference separating the top teams. Palace, on the other hand, has accumulated three points from their first two games.
Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice emphasized the importance of showing character in challenging stadiums, saying, “If you want to win the Premier League, if you want to be up there at the end of the season, these are the stadiums you’ve got to come to show character.”
Palace defender Joel Ward expressed disappointment in the defensive lapse that led to their defeat, following their opening day win against Sheffield United. “I think we definitely deserved something out of the game, the way we played as a unit today. We went toe to toe with them, and it was one moment that maybe caught us off guard,” he stated.
He added, “It is one of those – sometimes you get them and sometimes you don’t, and this time it went again us.