Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal: Gabriel Martinelli header and Marc Guehi own goal enough for Mikel Arteta’s team | football news

Mikel Arteta welcomed Arsenal’s added resilience after his side beat Crystal Palace 2-0 to take maximum points on Premier League opening night.

After an impressive pre-season, expectations and excitement have risen at the Emirates and Arsenal delivered enough for the points on opening night with Gabriel Martinelli and a Marc Guehi own goal.

Palace improved as the game progressed and Aaron Ramsdale made two top saves while William Saliba impressed with his defense as the Gunners conceded a goal.

Arteta used the comparison of Arsenal’s 2-0 opening day defeat to Brentford last season to show just how much more resilience he has in his squad now.

He said: “You can’t win here without them [resilience] and that’s what we experienced last season. We started very differently than last year. Building that mentality and finding a way to get through those moments and those goals conceded in this league is going to be essential to our success and we’ve succeeded in that. Hopefully that will inspire confidence in the team.”

Player Ratings

Palace: Guaita (6), Clyne (7), Andersen (7), Guehi (6), Mitchell (6), Doucoure (6), Schlupp (6), Eze (5), Ayew (7), Zaha (7), Edward (6)

Subtitle: Mateta (6), Milivojovic (6), Hughes (6)

Arsenal: Ramsdale (8), White (6), Saliba (8), Gabriel (8), Zinchenko (7), Partey (7), Xhaka (7), Saka (8), Odegaard (7), Martinelli (7), jesus (8)

Subtitle: Tierney (7), Nketiah (6), Lokonga (6)

man of the match: Wilhelm Saliba

As Gunners delivered on opening night…

Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli celebrates with his team-mates after scoring against Crystal Palace
Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli celebrates with team-mates after scoring against Crystal Palace

Arsenal wasted no time in imposing their authority on the game, which calmed the boisterous home crowd. Martinelli missed an early chance after a superb solo dribble from Jesus, who looked like he’d played in an Arsenal shirt all his life.

Much like last season, Arsenal opted for a lead that allowed Palace to grow into the game. Ramsdale had to be alert to deflect Odsonne Edouard’s close-range header off target in what was Palace’s first shot on target just before half-time.

Ramsdale was called on again in the 52nd minute when he saved Eberechi Eze with a corner kick after the former QPR man was found by a clever pass from Wilfried Zaha.

Palace had a good flow and maintained their attacks in search of an equaliser, but greater danger came from the away side when Jesus’ persistent off-ball work almost resulted in first-time captain Martin Odegaard breaking his lines in the box loosened up.

While Arsenal defended their penalty area with great determination, Saka grabbed the game by the neck and made the game safe with excellent wing play. His cross was awkwardly headed in by Guehi, allowing Arsenal fans to relax for the remaining six minutes. They can certainly be excited about what could be in store for them this season as the club looks to improve on their fifth place finish last season.

“We’re leaders,” the guests sang at the end.

Man of the Match: William Saliba

William Saliba's touchmap for Arsenal vs Crystal Palace
William Saliba’s touchmap for Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher said:

“I really liked him. He didn’t have much to do in the first half but there was a moment when a ball went in behind Arsenal’s back four, behind Ben White and he just got past and ran alongside someone.

“The way he handled it, with his long stride and his arm that came over. He just looks like this.

“Even before you see him play, you see him walking out to warm up and you think he looks like a good player.

“You’re just looking for signs of it and at such a young age the way he’s handled that second half and helped Ben White put balls into the box a couple of times.

“Arsenal fans have been enamored with this boy for a while. He was loaned out to three different teams in France and ended up with Marseille.

“You can argue that sending him out was the right thing to do, but a 21-year-old Premier League centre-back, do you want to do that when you’re 19 or 20? It’s not easy.”

“Though he looked real.”

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Mikel Arteta joined Kelly Cates, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher in reflecting on Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace and was delighted by William Saliba’s debut for the club

Sky Sports’ Gary Neville said:

“Saliba has football in him and I was very impressed with him.

“It reminded me of a young Rio Ferdinand. He’s actually getting stronger and his body is becoming more coordinated. He’s such a young centre-back at 21.

“Crystal Palace away, it’s a tough away game in the Premier League because they throw everything at you. The strikers at Palace challenge you one on one, they drive at you all the time and never give you a moment’s rest.”

“It’s a big night for Saliba who makes his debut with such a strong performance.”

Fantasy Premier League Stats

Palace vs Arsenal FPL Stats

Goals Martinelli, Guehi OG
assists Zinchenko, Saka
bonus points Zinchenko (3 pts), Saliba (2 pts), Gabriel (1 pt)

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Analysis: Is this a different arsenal?

Sky Sports’ Lewis Jones:

How excited should Arsenal fans get now? Has the introduction of the new recruits seriously taken them to the next level? Of course, only time will tell, but this was an Arsenal performance that fitted in with much of their tidy work last season, which was built on determination and determination.

Arteta organized them brilliantly off the ball and the base of their defense is one of the best there is, led by Gabriel and backed by Ramsdale when needed. It was that base that saw them win at Selhurst Park with the added panache and enthusiasm of Jesus in attack, an obvious improvement on what Alexandre Lacazette has provided most of the time in an Arsenal shirt.

Calling Arsenal coy these days is a lazy observation. Many teams would have collapsed under the pace and threat from Palace, especially in the second half. However, Arteta has found a smart way to defend with determination in key areas, with team cohesion at the back perfectly summed up by the performance of William Saliba, who fits into the defensive structure very impressively.

Arteta: Ramsdale won the game for us

Arsenal boss Mikel arteta said: “I’m very happy with the win, three points and a goal against a really difficult opponent in a difficult place where they really made their people work. As we expected, we were going to have difficult periods during the game to have.” but we have shown great resilience to weather it.

“You need the right balance because if you fall short physically in this game you will be exposed. In games like this it’s really important to have players of the right size at the back. That’s the resilience we have.” have to win and get through football matches. Aaron Ramsdale did incredibly well in the one-on-one and won the game for us.”

Vieira: In this game you get punished

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Patrick Vieira was disappointed after Crystal Palace’s 2-0 defeat by Arsenal and felt the difference between the two teams was that the Gunners took their chances while Palace didn’t

Crystal Palace Manager Patrick Viira to Sky Sports: “We created two really good chances to score and didn’t take them. In this game you get punished really hard. Of course I’m disappointed because we could have scored even if we didn’t create much.

“Football is about scoring goals and we played against a good team. It’s really difficult to control the game against teams that have really good players. We had the ball, we had situations, but we got it didn’t create much. In key moments we didn’t score a goal to lift the crowd and build momentum. We have to work on that.”

Opta Stats: Arteta reaches half a century

  • Arteta has won 50 league games after 98 games as Arsenal manager, becoming the second fastest manager to have 50 top-flight wins for the Gunners after Arsène Wenger (94th game).
  • Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka has been shown his 53rd Premier League yellow card, joining Oriol Romeu as the most shared of any player in the competition since his debut in 2016-17.
  • Arsenal have scored 14 goals from corners in the Premier League since the start of last season, with only Manchester City and Liverpool scoring more in this way (15 each).

What’s next?

Crystal Palace are now on a 10 day break until their next game on Monday 15th August against Liverpool at Anfield live onward Sky Sports. Meanwhile, Arsenal play their first home game of the season next Saturday at 3pm when Leicester visit the Emirates.

Monday, August 15, 7:00 p.m

Kick-off 8:00 p.m

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