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Arsenal kick off new Premier League season with hard-fought Crystal Palace win

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Arsenal kick-started their season with a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace (Image: Getty)

Arsenal kicked off the brand new Premier League season with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Gabriel Martinelli scored the primary aim of the 2022-23 marketing campaign because the Gunners made an electrical begin in south London and threatened to blow away their London rivals.

Patrick Vieira’s Palace improved after the break and threatened to mount a comeback however Arsenal’s victory was sealed when Marc Guehi diverted Bukayo Saka’s cross into his personal web.

Mikel Arteta gave debuts to summer season signings Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko and the returning William Saliba, who spent final season on mortgage at Marseille.

Vieira, in the meantime, gave a begin to new addition Cheick Doucoure in a largely acquainted Crystal Palace aspect, with Christian Benteke absent following his mortgage transfer to MLS aspect DC United.

Arsenal have been rattled by equally electrical atmospheres in years passed by however there have been no indicators of that at Selhurst Park this night as they dominated the early exchanges.

Martinelli ought to have put the guests forward after simply three minutes however the Brazilian missed a sitter after Jesus glided previous two defenders and noticed his personal effort blocked.

Gabriel Martinelli scored the primary aim of the 2022-23 Premier League season (Image: Getty)

Former Manchester Metropolis defender Zinchenko sensed a possibility to attain his first Premier League aim inside ten minutes however his drilled effort was palmed away by Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.

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However Zinchenko did play a job in Arsenal’s first aim of the brand new season, drifting to the again publish from a nook and heading the ball again into the hazard space, with Martinelli available to nod residence.

It appeared as if a full of life and dynamic Arsenal might tear by Palace however they didn’t double their lead earlier than the hosts got here again into the sport later within the half.

Odsonne Edouard was denied by Gunners goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and the Palace ahead threatened once more on the stroke of half-time solely to see his shot blocked over the bar by Gabriel Magalhaes.

Crystal Palace’s momentum continued after the break and Eberechi Eze ought to have levelled following a superb by ball from Wilfried Zaha, however Ramsdale once more stood agency to frustrate the hosts.

Arsenal remained harmful themselves, nevertheless, as new captain Martin Odegaard flashed a free-kick large earlier than hesitating and failing to bother Guaita after being performed in by the spectacular Jesus.

Arsenal wrapped up the win late on (Image: Getty)

Crystal Palace loved their finest interval of the match halfway by the second half and twice noticed the ball flash previous Arsenal’s aim, with nobody in a position to convert.

However any hopes of a Palace comeback have been dashed with six minutes remaining as Saka’s cross was diverted into the far nook off Guehi.

Arsenal play their first residence recreation of the brand new season subsequent Saturday as Leicester Metropolis go to the Emirates, whereas Crystal Palace return to motion in opposition to Liverpool.

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