A new season, some new central characters, and a suggestion that this reality show may be on track for a stronger but less thrilling ride. a brazilian named gabriel actually uncovered armory‘s Premier League The account and though it may have been Martinelli who was the match-winner after ending a smart set-piece routine, the Jesus-led frontline shone in this preliminary test of Mikel Arteta’s side.
A more recent arrival – though signed on a three-year gap – was just as important. William Saliba made his long-awaited Premier League debut and the 21-year-old was solid in defense diamond palace The pressure increased and Selhurst Park grew in hopes of an equalizer of late. It was the test that was predicted but Arsenal did not follow the script. Instead, they persevered and Mark GuhehThe goal of his own, removed past Vicente Guetta from Bukayo Saka’s cross, means the Gunners are already off to a better start than last season.
A Premier League opener in lights always brought back memories of Arteta’s team This time last year, Brentford died under pressure, Memories of which may have resurfaced unexpectedly after the release of All Or Nothing this week, but if Crystal Palace thought they could replicate the same physical approach they were met with a different offer this time.
Just three players remained in Arsenal’s starting line-up in what proved to be a season of boom and bust the year before, but the way Arteta’s forward combined and zipped the ball between them in the first half, and then resolved. And the grit showed his back against the wall, speaking of even more significant changes since losing his grip on fourth place in May.
Jesus was at the center of most of their exhilarating play. The striker isn’t an impressive presence, but it was his speed of thinking and a dazzling touch with his back toward goal that led Pep Guardiola to a skillful leading line from a widely-used player last season. Behind him, Saliba took no risks and grew in confidence during his debut. Fast on the ground and strong in tackle, he was excellent in defense with Gabriel Magalhes.
It was one of the toughest exams for Saliba. Crystal Palace impressed under Patrick Vieira’s previous campaign and although they have had a pre-season interruption, with their squad almost split in two as key players unable to attend their tour of the Far East, they eventually joined Arsenal. fought enough to give Some nervous moments.
Arsenal, for all their positive play, could have been more decisive if they opened late, but their traveling fans will still burst into excitement after their first-half performance. The ball was thrilling towards Arteta. Palace fell deep to block their opponents’ space and were physically seen to deny them time, but Arsenal were too quick and their touches too clever in the front row. Vieira’s side was disappointed as Arsenal’s attackers swooped in and broke like eels.
For a moment it looked like it would turn into a cozy evening, but Arsenal would happily take the opening win, especially considering the task they were presented with. There was a hint of danger behind Arsenal’s decision to hand the season opener for a second year, following a loss to Brentford on a summer evening last August, which burst a bubble of optimism and sent the Gunners into a tailspin.
But Vieira warned that this Arsenal team was a completely different side and that they were the more united of the two teams in early exchanges. A sharp edge from Jesus gave a chance for Martinelli who was wide from the angle within four minutes and his control in tight spaces quickly crushed Palais. For all Arsenal’s smart interchange, however, it will be a fairly simple but well-constructed set-piece routine that brought the opener in the 19th minute. Saka’s deep cross to back post pulled Zinchenko out and his header across the goal found Martinelli trailing Guetta.
The Palace chuckled and took his time to wake up. New signing Czech Doukouré brought a snap into midfield, but Palace were unable to offer much until they eventually reached close to half-time. He moved the ball fast and Arsenal deepened inside their half with a concession of a cheap free-kick. From one, and almost in a carbon copy of the opener, Joachim Anderson’s knock found Odsonne Edouard and needed a smart stop from Aaron Ramsdale.
Arsenal’s goalkeeper was to make this first defense, even though he almost posed a threat with a miss on the ball while in possession, but the England international was forced to act again as Wilfried Zaha Eberechie in Eze tripped out. Ease, who returned from a season lost due to an Achilles injury, could not find a far corner and instead saved from his feet by Ramsdale. This will prove to be a great opportunity for the Palace.
It had long turned into a match of resilience for Arsenal, but they found a leader in Saliba who stood up to the challenge. A perfectly timed tackle on Zaha in the penalty box was the highlight of a flawless defensive performance.
Arsenal had the stage, they just needed the clinch, and Saka provided it, albeit with Gui’s help as Arteta’s side began an encouraging first step up past season’s mark.