Mikel Arteta, Olivier Giroud help Arsenal take five-point lead

Mikel Arteta put the Gunners ahead with a 47th-minute penalty before Olivier Giroud made it 2-0 to ensure Arsenal remain unbeaten in the Premier League.

updated: October 26, 2013 19:28 IST
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London: Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta and Per MertesackerMikel Arteta scored and was then sent off as Arsenal edged Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday to establish a five-point lead at the Premier League summit.

The Spaniard put the visitors ahead with a 47th-minute penalty, but he was contentiously shown a straight red card with 25 minutes remaining for a last-man foul on former Arsenal man Marouane Chamakh.

Second-bottom Palace, who sacked manager Ian Holloway on Wednesday, came close to snatching an equaliser, but Arsenal made sure of victory late on when Olivier Giroud headed home from Aaron Ramsey's dinked cross.

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