Arsenal’s campaign is off to a perfect start as Mikel Arteta’s side beat Crystal Palace in their 2022-23 Premier League opener at Selhurst Park.
The Gunners maintained their impressive pre-season form and a dynamic performance paid off as Gabriel Martinelli nodded in the 20th-minute opener with a header from new signing Aleksandr Zinchenko assist.
Palace adapted to the visitors’ rhythm for much of the first half, but once they did, Oderson Edwards forced Aaron Ramsdale’s header in Joachim Anderson’s six After finding him in the penalty area, he made a save.
Buoyed by a vibrant home crowd, the Eagles leaned forward in search of an equaliser but Arsenal found the net again and Mark Gay later inadvertently headed in Bukayo Saka’s fiery cross into his own goal.
Gunners drop top four
Between Arsenal’s savvy transfer business, free-scoring pre-season format and being the focal point of Amazon’s latest all-or-nothing series, there’s plenty to whet your appetite this summer.
We may have to wait until season two to find out if Arteta played the palace anthem “Glad All Over” in training before this – just like he sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” before his visit to Anfield last season — or whether it was the Spaniard’s work of art that set the tone, but his team arrived with a relentless intensity that made Martinelli’s opening goal feel inevitable.
The 21-year-old Brazilian missed a fine chance earlier as Gabriel Jesus slid out of the far post in Crystal Palace’s defence after his compatriot’s effort was blocked, but he took a clever corner. Bend over to head the ball in the normal movement.
The Gunners lost their first three league games last season, including another opener at Brentford on Friday night, and narrowly missed out on a return to the Champions League.
But with the arrivals of Jesus and Zinchenko from Manchester City, their strength has been strengthened, and they both look set to make a major impact on Arteta’s young squad.
Jesus, who has scored seven goals in five pre-season games, has created four problems for the Crystal Palace defender with his relentless work rate and his ball-handling talent, which he created for Martin Odegaard. An opportunity for the Gunners captain to possibly do better and.
Another Arsenal rookie to impress, 21-year-old centre-back William Saliba – who spent most of his three years at the club on loan, has excelled.
The Frenchman was part of a back four and had to show resilience amid the hosts’ growing threat, before Gehi’s own goal after a quick break in Saka made things more comfortable.
The result and performance will please Arteta, who has recorded his 50th league win as Gunners boss, and has given Arsenal’s top four opponents a glimpse of what they have done this season.
Palace fail to convert pressure into points
Palace boss Patrick Vieira fears the game is coming too soon as pre-season disrupted some of his teams to travel to Singapore and Australia, with some players still on the treatment table and the Frenchman still hoping to earn more Multiple transfer supplements.
He also said he was happy with the business the Eagles have done so far in this window, although it has only started since Cheick Doucoure arrived from Lens, with Crystal Palace struggling to deal with an irrepressible Arsenal early on.
The hosts, who took four points from Arsenal last season, did improve, with Ramsdale making a save from Edward’s header before half-time and the keeper after Wilfried Zaha after half-time. Ebereich Eze’s pass was also denied after the pass, which kicked off Arsenal’s dominance. Eagles.
Crystal Palace, looking to build on last season’s 12th-placed finish, failed to capitalise on the pressure and instead struggled at half-time, but Vieira wants to wait until the end of the transfer window to make a real assessment of him where is around.
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At the end of the game, Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal.
At the end of the second half, Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal.
Foul by Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace).
Albert Samby Lokonga (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitute, Arsenal. Albert Sambi Lokonga replaces Martin Ødegaard.
Corner, Arsenal. Mark Guy admits.
Attempt to be blocked. Saka (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eddie Nketiah.
Substitution, Crystal Palace. Malcolm Ebiowei replaces Eberechi Eze.
Substitution, Crystal Palace. Will Hughes replaces Jeffrey Schlupp.
Marc Guéhi, own goal for Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal.
Attempt failed. Saka (Arsenal) right footed shot from a tight angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Patty.
Joachim Andersen (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal).
Substitute, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Gabriel Jesus.
Substitute, Arsenal. Kieran Tierney replaces Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Attempt failed. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jean-Philippe Matta.
Attempt failed. Mata (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Wilfried Zaha makes the assist.
Attempt to be blocked. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Klein.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins the free kick on the left wing.
Thomas Partey (Arsenal) is penalised for a foul.
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