Arteta scores as leaders Arsenal beat struggling Crystal Palace

AP, Saturday 26 Oct 2013

The Gunners had to play the last 25 minutes with 10 men when Arteta was sent off

Arsenal's Mikel Arteta, center, celebrates his penalty goal against Crystal Palace with teammates Mesut Ozil, left, and Per Mertesacker during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Mikel Arteta scored a penalty before being sent off as Premier League leader Arsenal won 2-0 at managerless Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Arteta opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the London derby two minutes into the second half after Serge Gnabry was fouled by Adlene Guedioura.

But Arsenal had to play the last 25 minutes with 10 men when Arteta was adjudged to have brought down former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh.

Olivier Giroud headed in Arsenal's second in the 88th after connecting with Aaron Ramsey's cross to ensure the Gunners provisionally go five points clear at the top.

Palace remains next from bottom in the standings with three points from nine points. The south London club is searching for a new manager after Ian Holloway left on Wednesday.

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