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Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal: Gabriel Martinelli's header and Marc Guehi's own goal are enough for Mikel Arteta's squad | Football News

Mikel Arteta has praised Arsenal’s increased resilience after picking up the maximum points with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener.

After an impressive pre-season, anticipation and excitement levels have been building around the Emirates, with Arsenal scoring points on opening night with own goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Marc Guehi.

Palace improved as the game progressed, with Aaron Ramsdale called for two top saves and William Saliba impressing in defense as the Gunners got a clean sheet.

Arteta showed just how resilient his side is now compared to Arsenal’s 2-0 opener to Brentford last season.

He said: ‘I can’t win here without it [resilience] We experienced that last season. We started off very differently than last year. Building that mentality and finding ways to get past clean sheets in this league has been essential to our success and we were able to do that. I hope to bring

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castle: Guaita (6), Klein (7), Andersen (7), Gehi (6), Mitchell (6), Doucourt (6), Schrupp (6), Eze (5), Ayew (7), Zaha (7) , Edouard (6)

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

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

sub: Tierney (7), Nketiah (6), Loconga (6)

Man of the Match: William Saliba

How the Gunners delivered on opening night…

Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli celebrates with teammates after scoring goal against Crystal Palace

Arsenal quickly imposed authority over the game and quieted the raucous home crowd. Martinelli created an early chance after his dribble in a stunning solo from Jesus who appeared to be playing in an Arsenal shirt.

Just like last season, Arsenal decided to take the lead to allow Palace to develop into the game. Ramsdale had to be careful to deflect Odone’s Edouard’s close-range header his shot from Palace’s first goal just before half-time.

Ramsdale saw action again in the 52nd minute when the former QPR player denied Eberechi Eze at an angle after being spotted by Wilfried Zaha’s clever pass.

Palace had a good flow and continued to attack for an equalizer, but the bigger threat came from the away side. Jesús’ constant off-the-ball movement almost led to first-time captain Martin Audegaard, who fluffed his line in the box.

As Arsenal defended the box with great determination, Saka grabbed the game by the scruff of his neck and made it safe with excellent wing play. His cross was clumsily pointed home by Guehi, allowing the Arsenal fans to relax for the remaining six minutes of the season, as the club look to move up from his fifth-place finish last season. There is no doubt that you can expect a card from

“We’re top of the league,” he sang full-time at the away end.

Most Valuable Player: William Saliba

William Saliba's Arsenal vs Crystal Palace touch map
William Saliba’s Arsenal vs Crystal Palace touch map

Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher said:

“I thought he was a really good player. We didn’t have much to do in the first half, but there was a moment when the ball was behind the Arsenal back four, behind Ben White, and he was running sideways. who.

“His long stride and the way he handles his arms. He just seems to fill the role.”

“Even before I see him play, seeing him run for his warm-up, I think he looks like a good player.

“You’re just looking for the signs, and at such a young age, how he handled that second half, helping Ben White a few times to put the ball in the box.

“Arsenal fans have been excited about the youngster for some time. He was loaned to three different teams in France, ending up in Marseille.

“Whether it was right to send him out is open to debate, but does a 21-year-old centre-back playing in the Premier League want to do it when he’s 19 or 20? It’s not easy.

“But he looked real.”

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Mikel Arteta joins Kerry Cates, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher as they reflect on Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace and celebrate William Saliba’s club debut

Sky Sports’ Gary Neville said:

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

“It reminded me of Rio Ferdinand when he was younger. He’s actually going to be stronger and his body will be more cooperative. He’s still a young centre-back at 21.

“Crystal Palace away is the toughest away game in the Premier League because they throw everything at you. It drives towards you and doesn’t give you a moment’s peace.”

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

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Palace vs Arsenal FPL stats

Target Martinelli, Guehi OG
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bonus points Zinchenko (3 points), Saliba (2 points), Gabriel (1 point)

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Analysis: Is this another Arsenal?

Sky Sports’ Lewis Jones:

How excited should Arsenal fans be right now? Did the introduction of the new recruits seriously take them to the next level? It was Arsenal’s performance in line with much of the methodical work built around determination and grit.

Arteta is very organized off the ball and the base of their defense is one of the best, led by Gabriel and backed up by Ramsdale when needed. An attack that clearly upgraded what Alexandre Lacazette had provided so much time in the Arsenal uniform, adding the enthusiasm and enthusiasm of the Yes, it was that base that carried them to victory at Selhurst Park.

It’s a lazy observation to define Arsenal as fragile these days. Many teams would have collapsed under the pace and threat Palace provided, especially in the second half. With team cohesion, we found smart ways to defend decisively in key areas.

Arteta: Ramsdale won the game

arsenal boss Mikel Arteta “I’m really happy to have scored three points and kept a clean sheet against a very difficult opponent. But we have shown great resilience to get through them.

“If you lack physicality in this match, you are going to be in danger, so you have to have the right balance. Having the right size players in the back is very important in this kind of match. It’s our resilience, we need to win football games and see it through. Aaron Ramsdale did incredibly well one-on-one and won the game for us.”

Vieira: In this game you will be punished

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Patrick Vieira remained disappointed after Crystal Palace lost 2-0 to Arsenal. He felt the difference between the two teams was that the Gunners took their chances and Palace didn’t.

crystal palace manager Patrick Vieira To sky sports“We created two very good chances to score, but we couldn’t take them away.

“Football is about scoring goals and we played against a good team. It’s really difficult to control a game against a team with really good players. We had the ball and the circumstances but not much creativity. We couldn’t. At key moments, we couldn’t score to get the crowd going and build momentum. That’s what we have to work on.

Opta stats: Arteta reached half a century

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

what’s next?

Crystal Palace are now on a 10-day break before our game against Liverpool at Anfield on Monday 15 August. sky sportsMeanwhile, Arsenal will play their first home game of the season at 3pm next Saturday when Leicester visit the Emirates.

Monday, August 15, 7:00 p.m.

8pm kickoff