"He came back and I think it's a positive game, he is 20 years old and what he showed in a game of that stature is very good".
In typical Palace fashion however, the south Londoners performed admirably when heavily considered the underdog, and raced into a 2-0 lead at half time courtesy of John Salako's first half brace.
Tomkins added Palace's second in the 90th minute - rising highest to place Townsend's corner past Arsenal keeper Petr Cech - to create a nervy finish, but Arsenal would ultimately hold on at Selhurst.
Maduro contra Macri: "Es una rata, una rata de cañería"
El llamado " carnet de la patria " es un censo paralelo creado por el chavismo, a través del que reparte beneficios del Estado. A su juicio si la oposición llegara a gobernar Venezuela , "lo harían peor de lo que lo está haciendo Macri en Argentina ".
Luka Milivojević will have to be in fine form if the Eagles are to upset Arsenal.
Roy Hodgson's men now had their tails up but failed to create too many chances and Alexis Sanchez made them pay, scampering on to Lacazette's pass before striking home after 66 minutes.
The Gunners have no players suspended for Thursday's game.
Nacho Monreal is a doubt for the Gunners, with the Spanish defender picking up an ankle injury in the match against Liverpool.
Three-car crash near Revelstoke kills one, sends six to hospital
Four other people who had been in the vehicle were transported by ambulance to hospitals in Salmon Arm and Kamloops. A passenger in the vehicle from Manitoba was pronounced dead at the crash site.
Also, midfielder Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.
For all their early season woes, Palace aren't eight games unbeaten through luck.
Keep your eyes on this one, it could get interesting. The Eagles have some risky players, and a flimsy Arsenal backline may be unnerved by the physicality of the Eagles, Benteke in particular.
Mortgage lending £23.1bn in October
Up on the monthly average of 28,715 over the previous six months and 24pc higher than in the same month a year ago . UK mortgage approvals declined to a 15-month low in November, data from UK Finance showed Thursday.