Jesus, Saliba shines but Arsenal’s duo could put Arteta back on the drawing board.

Jesus, Saliba shines but Arsenal’s duo could put Arteta back on the drawing board.


Gabriel Jesus and William Saliba were excellent but the Arsenal duo gave Mikel Arteta cause for concern at Selhurst Park…

Not only did Jesus grow up— As most of us predicted – but dominated as a key figure in Arsenal’s attack. Gabriel Martinelli and Bucayo Saka lined up for the new signing but looked too good for the proceedings, especially early on, as Jesus caught all eyes as he dropped deep, stretched behind and impressed with his dribbling ability.

Three minutes later he showed his strength, quickness and determination as he sidestepped a Crystal Palace player, swatted away the next tackle and a third, before Martinelli pounced on a stunning chance placed on the plate by his new team-mate on the ropes. .

Jesus’ ability to carry the ball may be the biggest difference between Arsenal’s career and Manchester City’s. Despite Pep Guardiola’s demands for his forwards to pass and move to open up opposition teams, this first showing under Mikel Arteta suggests the Brazilian is given license to do whatever he wants.

But the oldest and most valuable trophies, dug up by Guardiola over six years during his time at City, have appeared in Arsenal’s salmon. His movement off the ball was excellent and he was often overlooked by his teammates and his desire to press up and win the ball back probably led to Martin Odegaard failing to pull the trigger in the area.

His new team-mate Oleksandr Zinchenko played in midfield at left-back, also regularly playing directly from midfield, a trait he looks set to carry with him from City. Better stay in the middle of this show.

He had more touches than any other player in the first half (55) and a superb header from the opener saw Martinelli overturn an earlier defeat to score his first Premier League goal. league season. But the Ukraine international was untroubled defensively as Arsenal were on top.

In the second half, Jordan Ayew made good use of Zinchenko’s movement of the ball on his feet and over his shoulder. The new signing looked overwhelmed when he was replaced late on by Kieran Tierney. Facing similar momentum in the future, Zinchenko’s role may need to be rethought.

Although Jesus was good, it was the three-year Arsenal veteran who had the biggest impact on the game as he made his debut against the new recruits at Selhurst Park.

Arteta’s team could not win without William Saliba. He was ruthless when needed but added some much-needed composure in defence, otherwise Palace dominated the game after the break.

Ben White was sporadic early on and Wilfried Zaha looked less comfortable defending against the right-back.

Aaron Ramsdale showed his inconsistency in getting offsides last season: drilling one pass 60 meters to the feet of Jesus before hitting the next attempt straight at an opposition player; Odsonne made a good save to deny Edouard and dropped a straight cross.

It was a very even game, Crystal Palace played as well in the second half as they did in the first half. The home team had more possession (56%) and the same number of shots (10) and shots on target (2) during the 90 minutes.

Patrick Vieira’s side look as entertaining this season as last.

Wilfried Zaha was predictably brilliant and Eberechi, who should have leveled the match, slipped the ball into an impossible gap to find Eze, and made the pass of the game.

Joachim Anderson and Marc Guhi looked solid for the most part, while Cheque Duque looked like he was going to be a big signing as he broke up play in midfield and created the odd congestion problem.

Despite Arsenal taking the three points, Arteta could be happy with a better performance, with Vieira saying after the game that he still has a lot to do.

High on the list of priorities will be what to do with White and Zinchenko, both of whom are good football players, but didn’t look like good defenders on Friday night. with Tierney and With Takehiro Tomiyasu waiting in the wings, Arteta will have to rethink.



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