Crystal Palace 0 Arsenal 2 (Martinelli 20’, Guehi 85’ og)
Arsenal kicked off the brand new Premier League season with a hard-fought victory at Crystal Palace by which Gabriel Jesus and William Saliba shone brightest.
After a powerful get started from Arsenal, Sky Sports had simply flashed up the nook stats – sure studying for the Gunners and damning for Palace – when an excellent regimen passed them the lead, with Oleksandr Zinchenko heading the deep move again in opposition to purpose sooner than Gabriel Martinelli nodded it in.
The purpose in reality sparked Palace into lifestyles, however Odsonne Edouard was once denied two times sooner than the smash as Arsenal fought to maintain their lead.
Come the second one 1/2, Arsenal persisted to are living dangerously, however Aaron Ramsdale was once readily available to stay Eberechi Eze’s effort out.
And if Arsenal are to problem for the highest 4, right here got here the moments the place they’d want to keep robust. Three issues in comparison to one may turn out the entire distinction 37 video games later, and in the long run it was once activity completed and the issues secured when Bukayo Saka compelled Marc Guehi into an personal purpose.
A story of 2 headers, and it left Arsenal fanatics making a song “We are best of the league!” and serenading opposing boss Patrick Vieira within the ultimate mins – whilst they’ll be speaking up Jesus and Saliba at the Tube adventure house.
Saliba: A tender Rio Ferdinand?
Jamie Carragher named Saliba his guy of the fit, and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta declared “rightly so” when chatting with Sky Sports afterwards, including: “I feel the was once very good closing evening.”
Meanwhile, Gary Neville mentioned Saliba’s efficiency reminded him of a tender Rio Ferdinand, whilst the participant himself was once simply extremely joyful to make his Premier League debut – 3 years and 3 mortgage spells after becoming a member of Arsenal.
“I’ve waited a very long time for this second and I’m satisfied to start out my first recreation with a win and a blank sheet,” he mentioned.
“It helped me to spend 3 years on mortgage in France as a result of I’m younger and I want to play. Now I’m again and I’m hoping we will have a excellent season.”
Crystal Palace participant scores
Vicente Guaita – Could no longer get a powerful sufficient hand to Martinelli’s header, however was once hardly ever examined past that and may no longer forestall Guehi’s personal purpose. 6/10
Nathaniel Clyne – A large ask going through Martinelli and struggled every now and then, selecting up a yellow in the second one 1/2. 5/10
Joachim Andersen – An spectacular vary of passing allowed Palace to advance temporarily, and nearly were given an help when heading throughout purpose for Edouard. 7/10
Marc Guehi – Busy evening with Jesus for corporate, and was once shrugged off simply by way of the Brazilian sooner than Odegaard must have doubled Arsenal’s lead. Tough evening made worse when he headed in Saka’s move. 5/10
Tyrick Mitchell – Busy evening between aiding Zaha down the left and keeping an eye on Saka. Barely put a foot improper, and did sufficient to throw Saka off steadiness at a key second in the second one 1/2. 6/10
Cheick Doucoure – A robust debut for Doucoure in midfield after becoming a member of from Lens 3 weeks in the past. Looks a forged passer and may turn out to be a treasured signing for Palace. 7/10
Jeffrey Schlupp – Quiet first 1/2 then noticed an early strive after the smash deflect huge. 5/10
Eberechi Eze – Had Palace’s easiest likelihood in 52nd minute however denied by way of Ramsdale from 10 yards out, putting his effort too on the subject of the goalkeeper. 6/10
Jordan Ayew – Arsenal’s nook regimen simply avoided Ayew for his or her opening purpose. Lively however not able to create sufficient probabilities. 6/10
Wilfried Zaha – Troubled White on a variety of events and threaded thru a lovely ball for Eze’s giant likelihood. 7/10
Odsonne Edouard – Couldn’t position his header past Ramsdale’s grab after which noticed an strive blocked by way of Xhaka simply sooner than half-time. 6/10
Jean-Philippe Mateta – On for Edouard simply sooner than the hour-mark, and temporarily noticed a shot blocked in the back of for a nook. 6/10
Luka Milivojevic – Came on with quarter-hour to head. 5/10
Will Hughes – n/a
Malcolm Ebiowei – n/a
Arsenal participant scores
Aaron Ramsdale – From unbelievable to questionable distribution inside of mins all over the primary 1/2, however made amends when saving Edouard’s header sooner than half-time. 6/10
Ben White – Pushed out to right-back and was once locked within the struggle of the evening with Zaha. Out of place when Eze must have equalised. 6/10
William Saliba – Back at Arsenal, within the beginning XI, and already appearing why Arteta felt now was once the time to unharness Saliba within the Premier League. The proverbial “new signing” (he joined in 2019 sooner than mortgage spells at Saint-Etienne, Nice and Marseille), Ligue 1’s younger participant of the yr closing season minimize a composed determine at centre-back, and may temporarily grow to be their first-choice on this place. 8/10
Gabriel – Looked rather forged subsequent to Saliba, laying down a problem to White if Arteta opts to stick with 4 on the again. 7/10
Oleksandr Zinchenko – Confident get started at left-back on debut for Arsenal, and was once utterly unmarked when aiding Martinelli with a perfect header again throughout purpose. 8/10
Thomas Partey – Quiet recreation in comparison to the ones round him. 6/10
Granit Xhaka – Booked for diving within the first 1/2, however moments later made a very important block to disclaim Edouard. 6/10
Bukayo Saka – Kicked off the nook regimen with a deep, pinpoint move for Zinchenko, and later within the first 1/2 did his defensive tasks when serving to White to disclaim Zaha. Late on, he compelled the mistake from Guehi to have a hand in Arsenal’s 2nd. 7/10
Martin Odegaard – Arsenal’s new captain was once rather quiet within the opening 1/2. Went on the subject of doubling their lead after the smash, and opted to go as a substitute of shoot when Jesus picked him out. The improper resolution. 6/10
Gabriel Martinelli – Right position on the correct time for the outlet purpose of the Premier League season, having previous neglected an excellent likelihood within 4 mins. 7/10
Gabriel Jesus – “He’s now the primary guy… you are feeling like each and every time he will get the ball one thing goes to occur,” Sky Sports co-commentator Jamie Carragher mentioned halfway throughout the first 1/2. Jesus was once full of life from the off, appeared extremely sharp for the primary recreation of the Premier League season, and after simply 4 mins he nearly danced his method throughout the Palace defence for the outlet purpose. In the second one 1/2, shouldered Guehi off the ball and would have bagged an help had Odegaard taken his likelihood. 8/10
Eddie Nketiah – Replaced Jesus overdue on. May need to get used to that. n/a
Kieran Tierney – Came on for Zinchenko overdue on. n/a
Albert Sambi Lokonga – n/a