Goals from Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud secured a 2-0 in for Arsenal against managerless Crystal Palace to keep them two points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Arteta opened the scoring from the penalty spot shortly after the restart after Adlene Guediora’s foul on Serge Gnabry, before the Spaniard was dismissed for a professional foul on former Gunner Marouane Chamakh.
Arsenal’s winning streak away from home was brought to an end after they were held to a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion yesterday afternoon.
The point was however enough to see them return to the top of the Premier League, having been briefly replaced by Liverpool following their win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Bacary Sagna will miss Arsenal’s trip to The Hawthorns after he was ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury which he sustained in Tuesday evening’s win over Napoli in the Champions League.
He joins Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Santi Cazorla on the Gunners ever extensive injury-list, though the latter pair are expected back after the international break.
Arsenal continued their impressive run of form by beating Napoli 2-0 in their Champions League Group F clash yesterday evening.
Mesut Ozil fired in an impressive first goal for the club to open the scoring on eight minutes, before supplying Olivier Giroud with the chance to double the hosts advantage just seven minutes later.
Arsenal needed a penalty shoot-out to get past West Bromwich Albion in their Capital One Cup third round tie at The Hawthorns yesterday evening.
20 year old German midfielder Thomas Eisfeld put the Gunners in front just over an hour into his first start for the club, but England U21 sensation Saido Berahino drew the hosts level ten minutes later.
Nicklas Bendtner is set to make his first appearance for Arsenal in over two years as the Gunners travel to West Bromwich Albion in the third round of the Capital One Cup this evening.
Theo Walcott has joined the long list of Arsenal absentees with an abdominal problem that will require surgery, and that is likely to see him miss England’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland next month.
Lukas Podolski has been ruled out for up to ten weeks after the hamstring injury he suffered during Tuesday’s 2-0 Champions League play-off victory over Fenerbache proved worse than initially feared.
The German international was taken off on a stretcher shortly after half time at the Emirates, leading the club initially expecting him to be absent for around three weeks.