Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Arsenal (20 mins)
Martnelli missed chance
A good performance from the gunners squad to take half lead by a goal from Gabriel MARTINELLI after missing a clear goal chance
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The Premier League gets underway tonight as Crystal Palace host Arsenal under the lights at Selhurst Park.
Arsenal will be playing in the first match of the season for the second year in a row – last August they were beaten by B seerentford in the Friday night opener – and Palace will look to repeat the trick in south London.
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 will begin 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.
“We are all enthusiastic,” said Mikel Arteta when asked in his pre-match press conference about the mood of his camp. “We had the pre-season we wanted, it was well organised, we had good results, good preparation good performances, but now the ball starts to roll tomorrow evening in a completely different context and against a Premier League team and we know what to expect there. It’s true we have a high level of energy and ambition to have a successful season and we have to show that on the pitch tomorrow night.”
Arsenal’s treatment room is not empty either, as Emile Smith Rowe’s groin strain is reportedly set to keep him sidelined, while Fabio Vieira, Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu have all been dealing with minor issues in pre-season but could make the squad either way.
It would be a surprise to see any member of the trio make the starting lineup on Friday, so Ben White could very well resume his duties at right-back, allowing William Saliba to finally make his competitive debut alongside Gabriel Magalhaes in the heart of defence.
Jesus and Zinchenko are also primed to feature in the first XI, while Martin Odegaard will start in his number 10 role after being confirmed as Arsenal’s new captain.