Arsenal got off to a winning start to the season with goals in either half as Mikel Arteta’s side beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in their Premier League opener at Selhurst Park on Friday.
Gabriel Martinelli He followed up a well-taken corner in the 20th minute and headed home. Bukayo Saka It was turned into his own net by a Palace defender. Mark Guhi In the final minutes, Arsenal continued to rally around the red half in north London, securing the opening three points.
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“We started really well … you have to suffer to win here,” Arteta told Sky Sports. It’s part of the mindset that we’ve worked on and that we want to build on, to find a way to come to these places and win.
Arsenal pressed well at the start of the match and showed impressive performance in the pre-match. And he was a big summer signing. Gabriel Jesus He was at the heart of the move for Arsenal.
With just five minutes remaining, Jesus brilliantly dribbled past a handful of Palace defenders before slotting the ball into Martinelli’s path and curling the ball wide.
But Martinelli didn’t have to wait long to make amends. This time at Arsenal, he was hired from Manchester City in another summer. Oleksandr Zinchenko. With a well-made corner structure, Zinchenko’s header Bukayo SakaMartinelli got enough of the ball to head it back into the goal. Vincent Guita In the goal of the castle.
Palace began the first half with a solid start to the match, with Arsenal making two impressive defensive contributions to maintain their lead.
Odsonne Edouard He had a clear chance with a header from six yards out. Aaron Ramsdale He reacted well to dive and ease the ball to safety. It was minutes later. Granit Xhaka He interfered when he stepped in to clear Edward’s close range cross on the crossbar.
But although he was not explosive at the start of the game, Arsenal helped him with his excellent performance in the first game. William Saliba In defense, they stood up to prevent further drama. And with five minutes remaining, Arsenal could relax in the knowledge that it would be the first of their 31st Premier League triumphs.
“We knew it was going to be tough here, but we were strong and strong,” said Saliba, who has spent the last two-and-a-half years on loan in France. “I’ve waited a long time to make my debut and I’m happy to start with a clean sheet and win, it’s important for confidence.”