What a great performance for the Gunners last night in the Premier League new season opening game against the eagles Crystal palace
Arsenal got their Premier League campaign up and running with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, and you can see the best of the action in our highlights above.
Any team with this many Gabriels should be able to blow its own trumpet now and then, and Arsenal have plenty to be proud of about their start to this season.
Crystal Palace are a good team and will cause plenty of teams plenty of problems, particularly with the vociferous Selhurst Park crowd behind them. That Arsenal took a merited first-half lead and then held it under pressure is to their credit.
Confidence was high for the Gunners going into the opening night of the campaign, with a squad buoyed by a number of strong signings and an impressive run of pre-season victories.
There was more of that form on show against Palace, as the visitors took a first-half lead through Gabriel Martinelli’s header and threatened to overrun Patrick Vieira’s side.
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The Premier League gets underway last night as Crystal Palace host Arsenal under the lights at Selhurst Park.
The opening 45 minutes was full of encouragement for supporters, as Arteta side took control of proceedings right from the kick-off. Just three minutes in, Gabriel Jesus nearly marked his official debut with a glorious goal when he collected the ball on the edge of the box, nutmegged a defender before dribbling around another, and after his goalbound shot was blocked by a desperate Guehi, Martinelli stroked the rebound wide of the far post.
There after, Saka floated a corner to the back post to an undetected Zinchenko, who headed the ball back across the area for Martinelli to nod past Guaita from close range and register the first goal of the Premier League season.
In the second half of the Game, Saka Having found himself in a similar position earlier in the half and screwed well wide, Saka again bolted down the right and took on Nathaniel Clyne, and this time saw his fierce cross clatter off Guehi and beat Guaita to secure victory at the first time of asking this campaign.
Arsenal’s pre-season is anything to go by, the Gunners will be a force to be reckoned with in the new season, as Chelsea fell victim to a 4-0 defeat to their London rivals in Orlando before a six-goal thumping of Sevilla in the Emirates Cup.
Gabriel Jesus scored a hat-trick on that day and represents one of two big-money acquisitions from Manchester City this summer, with Oleksandr Zinchenko also reuniting with Arteta in North London, but the Gunners boss has urged fans and players alike not to get carried away with pre-season results.
For the third season in a row, Arsenal began their new campaign with a London derby; the Gunners eased to a 3-0 success at Fulham behind closed doors in 2020, but Brentford ran out convincing 2-0 winners over Arteta’s side in their first-ever Premier League fixture last term but took home a clear three points from the eagles