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Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal – Soccer Match Report – August 5, 2022

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Arsenal made a profitable begin to the season as a objective in both half gave Mikel Arteta’s facet a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace within the opening recreation of the Premier League marketing campaign at Selhurst Park on Friday.

Gabriel Martinelli headed dwelling from shut vary within the twentieth minute following a well-worked nook earlier than a fierce cross from Bukayo Saka was become his personal internet by Palace defender Marc Guehi within the remaining minutes to safe a gap three factors for Arsenal as they maintained momentum from a summer season of positivity across the crimson half of north London.

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“We began actually sharp … to win right here you have to endure,” Arteta advised Sky Sports activities. “We have completed it and that is a part of the mentality that we wish to construct, to come back to those locations and discover a technique to win,”

Arsenal took their spectacular preseason kind into the beginning of the sport, urgent properly and dominating the early going. And it was huge summer season signing Gabriel Jesus who was on the coronary heart of the motion for Arsenal.

With simply 5 minutes gone, Jesus brilliantly dribbled by a handful of Palace defenders earlier than his shot was blocked into the trail of Martinelli, whose shot was dragged extensive of the far submit with the objective at his mercy.

However Martinelli didn’t have to attend lengthy to make amends. This time he was arrange by Arsenal’s different summer season recruit from Manchester Metropolis Oleksandr Zinchenko. With a well-worked nook routine, Zinchenko header Bukayo Saka‘s deep corer again throughout objective, the place Martinelli bought simply sufficient on his header to beat Vicente Guaita within the Palace objective.

Palace started to achieve a foothold as the primary half wore on and it took two spectacular defensive contributions from Arsenal to keep up their lead going into the interval.

Odsonne Edouard had a transparent probability with a header from six yards however Aaron Ramsdale reacted properly to dive and parry the ball to security. Minutes later it was Granit Xhaka making the intervention as he bought a foot in to deflect Edouard’s close-range shot over the crossbar.

Ramsdale was known as into motion once more initially of the second half, coming well off his line to disclaim Eberechi Eze after the Palace participant was performed clear by by Wilfried Zaha on the break.

However whereas missing the explosiveness of their begin to the sport, Arsenal, helped by a standout efficiency on debut from William Saliba in defence, steadied themselves to stop additional drama. And when Guehi was caught out by Saka’s ball throughout objective with 5 minutes remaining, Arsenal might calm down within the information that they’d be the primary winners of the thirty first Premier League season.

“It was superb as a result of we begin with a win and a clear sheet,” Saliba, who spent the final two-and-a-half years on mortgage in France, mentioned. “It was a troublesome recreation, however we gained on the finish, so superb. I’ve waited a very long time, however we [did it] in my first ever recreation, and I’m so glad.

“We knew it might be a really laborious recreation, however we had been ready and we had been centered,” he added. “It is good for the boldness, it is superb and I hope we’ll maintain going like this.

“We’ve got to take pleasure in tonight, however starting tomorrow we now have to be centered on the following recreation as a result of it isn’t completed, it is simply the primary recreation.”

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