LONDON (AP) - Arsenal relied on Martin Odegaard's 54th-minute penalty and a defensive performance to.

when the latter was restricted to 10 players, leading to a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on Monday

Takahiro Tomiyasu received a red card in the 67th minute after accumulating a second yellow card.

Thereby Arsenal were forced to adopt a defensive strategy to retain their two consecutive season opening wins

Ultimately, it was a penalty that made the difference, with Odegaard fouling Sam Johnstone from the spot

when Eddie Nketiah was fouled by the Palace goalkeeper after a quickly taken free kick. While Arsenal's usual penalty taker, Bukayo Saka was present

With two consecutive wins, Arsenal are level with title contenders and defending champions Manchester City

The first win, a 2–1 home win against Nottingham Forest, was also hard-fought

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice commented, "We understand that Man City are currently the best team in the world

And it's hard to stop. But we are ready for the bigger challenge that lies ahead.