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‘Magnificent’ – Ian Wright offers verdict on Gabriel Jesus and William Saliba debuts as Arsenal beat Crystal Palace

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Ian Wright was impressed by Arsenal’s victory over Crystal Palace (Footage: Getty)

Ian Wright praised ‘unbelievable’ Gabriel Jesus and ‘magnificent’ William Saliba after the pair made their debuts in Arsenal’s opening-day victory over Crystal Palace.

The Gunners, who completed fifth within the Premier League final season, started their 2022-23 marketing campaign with a 2-0 win over Patrick Vieira’s Palace at Selhurst Park.

Mikel Arteta’s facet got here flying out of the blocks and took the lead after simply eight minutes as Gabriel Martinelli headed house a neat nook routine to register the primary aim of the brand new marketing campaign.

Crystal Palace rallied both facet of half-time however Arsenal have been in a position to withstand the house facet’s advances earlier than placing the sport to mattress because of a Marc Guehi personal aim.

Jesus, Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko all made their debuts for the north London facet and Wright was impressed with Arsenal’s efficiency as they signalled their intent for the season with a hard-fought win.

Requested to charge Saliba’s debut, Wright instructed Premier League productions: ‘Magnificent. He was unbelievable tonight. He appears to be like like a model new signing.

‘Mikel and Edu have gotten to take a whole lot of credit score for what they’ve achieved with this man. This man is somebody we’ve all the time thought could be particular.

Debutant William Saliba was glorious for the Gunners (Image: Getty)

‘Even after they despatched him out on mortgage there have been followers calling for him to come back again. He’s a full worldwide now, he appears to be like composed, calm, he’s received nice tempo.

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‘It’s a call that was magnificent from Arsenal. It could have been simple to convey him again final 12 months however they gave him the additional season and now he appears to be like like he’s been enjoying in that place for years.

‘At 21, to go to Crystal Palace for the primary recreation of the season and play like that… you don’t wish to get carried away however that’s some efficiency.’

Saliba accomplished a £27m transfer to Arsenal in 2019 however was making his long-awaited debut for the Gunners, having spent the final two seasons out on mortgage.

Jesus, in the meantime, was enjoying his first recreation underneath Mikel Arteta following a £45m transfer from Manchester Metropolis earlier in the summertime.

Whereas the Brazilian didn’t get on the scoresheet, he too produced a formidable show, tormenting the Crystal Palace defence within the opening 45 minutes.

‘It’s the link-up play, it’s the positions he takes up, it’s the menace and the urgent,’ Wright mentioned of Jesus. ‘He seemed unbelievable.

‘He’s among the best round at closing down, the Brazil supervisor has mentioned that and Mikel has mentioned it as properly.

‘He’s an amazing participant and it’s one thing Arsenal have wanted, somebody who generally is a presence out and in of the field. He regularly prompted issues.

Gabriel Jesus has hit the bottom operating since becoming a member of from Manchester Metropolis (Image: Getty)

‘He’s going to attain objectives for us, you’ll be able to see that. That’s going to be an enormous, huge bonus for Arsenal. He’s an enormous addition to the crew.’

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Arsenal supervisor Arteta additionally praised Saliba and Jesus after the Gunners clinched all three factors in south London.

‘For him [Saliba] to play his first Premier League recreation away from house towards Palace, actual credit score to the boy as a result of he stood with an enormous presence and a whole lot of composure,’ Arteta mentioned.

‘Jesus’ recreation is only a nightmare for defenders. He’s electrical, he by no means stops, he’s all the time in your shoulder, he is able to go together with and with out the ball and I’m actually happy along with his efficiency.’


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