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Arteta hails great win over Crystal Palace.

Captain Martin Odegaard's penalty secured a hard-fought Premier League victory for 10-man Arsenal against Crystal Palace.

Eddie Nketiah was fouled by Sam Johnstone following Gabriel Martinelli's swift free-kick, allowing Odegaard to confidently score past the goalkeeper from the penalty spot.

Initially, Mikel Arteta's Gunners appeared to have control of the match, but their situation became precarious when left-back Takehiro Tomiyasu received a red card due to two bookings.

Tomiyasu's first yellow card was a result of time-wasting during a throw-in, while the second seemed unjust as it was given for a minor foul on Jordan Ayew in the midfield.

As the game progressed, Palace exerted late pressure, with Tyrick Mitchell shooting over the bar during injury time. However, the Gunners, who had previously hit the post through Nketiah in the first half, rightfully secured their victory.

With six points from two matches, Arsenal joins Brighton and Manchester City at the top of the table, while Palace failed to capitalise on their opening-day triumph against Sheffield United.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reflected on the win at Selhurst Park while speaking to BBC Sport: "Great win. I'm so happy. Eddie was fantastic. We said to be on it and try to take advantage of every moment [with the quick free-kick that led to the penalty].

"To play 30 minutes away from home with 10 men is extremely difficult. The subs were magnificent, they knew what they had to do. In moments we had players out of position. Some players were suffering physically."

On the red card handed to Takehiro Tomiyasu, the Gunners boss said: "This is the standard. I don't know how long it was. [On being told it was 23 seconds]. It wasn't. I think it was eight seconds. We might have to play with a stopwatch. It's OK, we won the game, I'm happy.

"Today we had a difficult one, we overcame it and it will make us better."

The was Arsenal’s 200th Premier League away clean sheet, becoming only the third side to do so after Manchester United (205) and Chelsea (204).

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