Arsenal got their campaign off to the perfect start as Mikel Arteta’s side beat Crystal Palace in an entertaining 2022-23 Premier League opener at Selhurst Park.
The Gunners maintained their impressive pre-season form with a spirited performance that was rewarded when Gabriel Martinelli nodded in a 20th-minute opener from new signing Oleksandr Zinchenko’s header.
It took Palace most of the first half to adjust to the visitors’ pace, but once they did, Odsonne Edouard forced Aaron Ramsdale into a save after Joachim Andersen’s header found him in the six-yard box.
Encouraged by a lively home crowd, the Eagles poured forward in search of an equaliser, but it was Arsenal who found the back of the net again, Marc Guehi unwittingly sending Bukayo Saka’s fierce cross into his own goal late on.
The gunners left a leading square
Between Arsenal’s savvy transfer activity, free-scoring run-up form and the focus of Amazon’s latest All or Nothing series, there’s plenty to whet their fans’ appetites this summer.
We may have to wait until the second round to find out if Arteta belted out the Palace anthem ‘Glad All Over’ during training ahead of it – as he did with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ before visiting Anfield on last season – or if it was The Spaniard’s artwork that set the tone, but his side arrived with a relentless intensity that made Martinelli’s opening goal feel inevitable.
The 21-year-old Brazilian had earlier missed a glorious chance after Gabriel Jesus waltzed past the Palace defence, curling wide of the far post after his compatriot’s effort was blocked, but stooped to head home from a clever corner routine .
The Gunners lost their opening three league games last season, including another opener on Friday night at Brentford, and ultimately narrowly missed out on a return to the Champions League.
But they have been boosted by the signings of Jesus and Zinchenko from Manchester City and both already look set to have a big impact on Arteta’s young side.
Jesus, who scored seven goals in five pre-season games, caused four problems for the Palace backs with his relentless work as well as his talent on the ball, and gave Martin Odegaard the chance the Gunners captain might have gone for better. with.
It was another Arsenal debutant who really impressed, with 21-year-old centre-back William Saliba – who spent most of his three years at the club on loan, putting in an excellent defensive display.
The Frenchman was part of a back four that had to show resilience amid the home side’s growing threat, before Gwehi’s own goal after a quick break from Saka made things more comfortable.
It was a result and performance that will please Arteta, who recorded his 50th league win as Gunners manager, while also giving Arsenal’s top-four rivals a taste of what they will be up against this season.
Palace fail to convert pressure into points
Palace boss Patrick Vieira was concerned that this game had come too soon after a pre-season disruption that saw his squad unable to travel to Singapore and Australia, some players remaining on the treatment table and the Frenchman still to hope to do more. transport additions.
He also said he was pleased with the work the Eagles have done so far this window, although only Cheick Doucoure started following his arrival from Lens and Palace struggled to cope with a formidable Arsenal early on.
The hosts, who took four points from Arsenal last season, improved and Ramsdale’s save from Edward’s header before the break followed after half-time when the keeper also denied Ebereci Eze after Wilfried Zaha’s pass in it which began a dominant spell for the Eagles.
Palace, looking to improve on last season’s 12th-placed finish, were unable to capitalize on that pressure and were instead sent off at the break, but Vieira will want to wait until the end of the transfer window before delivering a real evaluation. where his side is.
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- 28DoucouréSubstituted forMilivojevicin the 75′minutes
- 15SchluppSubstituted forHughesin the 86′minutes
- 9J Ayew
- 10EzeSubstituted forEbioweiin the 86′minutes
- 22ÉdouardSubstituted forMatetain the 58′minutes
- 4WhiteReservation at 60 minutes
- 35ZinchenkoSubstituted forTierneyin the 83′minutes
- 34FireplaceReservation at 44 minutes
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- 17Cedric Soares
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- Anthony Taylor
End of match, Crystal Palace 0, Arsenal 2.
End of second half, Crystal Palace 0, Arsenal 2.
Foul by Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace).
Albert Sabi Lokonga (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Change for Arsenal. Albert Sambi Lokonga replaces Martin Ødegaard.
Corner, Arsenal. Courtesy of Marc Guéhi.
Attempt blocked. Bucayo Saka (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. With the help of Eddie Nketiah.
Change for Crystal Palace. Malcolm Ebiowei replaces Eberechi Eze.
Change for Crystal Palace. Will Hughes replaces Jeffrey Sloop.
Own goal by Marc Guéhi, Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace 0, Arsenal 2.
Wasted effort. Bucayo Saka (Arsenal) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. With the help of Thomas Partey.
Joachim Andersen (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal).
Change for Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Gabriel Jesus.
Change for Arsenal. Kieran Tierney replaces Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Wasted effort. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the center of the box misses to the right. With the help of Jean-Philippe Mateta.
Wasted effort. Jean-Philippe Mateta (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the center of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. With help from Nathaniel Clyne.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Thomas Partey (Arsenal).
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