Crystal Palace v Arsenal result: Young Gunners Mikel Arteta started the 2022-23 Premier League season with a 2-0 win at Selhurst Park on Friday.
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Gabriel Martinelli scored the first goal of the new season in the middle of the first half, and Marc Guehy scored an own goal, converting Bukayo Saka’s cross, with only a few minutes remaining in the game.
With Friday’s game breaking out in the Premier League, Arsenal remain at the top of the PL table (they started the day there, in alphabetical order) with nine more games to play on Saturday and Sunday.
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The technical ability of every player in Arsenal’s squad has rarely, if ever, been questioned, but it’s still absolutely mesmerizing to watch them run the ball across the field, throwing random one-touch passes and continuing their run to get the next one. . in the same movement. Technically and creatively, they are in no way inferior to Manchester City and Liverpool, and this was demonstrated very early on Friday.
Arsenal’s first big chance of the game comes when Gabriel Martinelli shoots wide.
This is the dribbling of Gabriel Jesus. 🤩
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) August 5, 2022
The irony is that Arsenal opened the scoring after such a period of possession thanks to a cleverly designed and practiced set-piece. The ability to just throw the ball over the line when beautiful possession of the ball does not pay dividends has been missing at Arsenal for several years. Perhaps they are not yet ruthless, but opportunism would still be a step forward for young gunners.
Crystal Palace are not without a chance, basically keeping their own
With all of Arsenal’s superlatives removed, it must be said that Crystal Palace eventually settled into the game and had ample opportunity to grab a (mostly) well-deserved equalizer. There was plenty of room on the left side of the attack with Ben White replacing Takehiro Tomiyasu superbly. Arsenal were particularly flustered and threatened when Palace pressed the back line in an attempt to play from behind. Two chances came out of absolutely nothing in the first half when Aaron Ramsdale found himself caught in the middle, playing back and forth with William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhais.
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dominate by 30 / defend by 60 Arsenal’s performance – obviously enough to win here, but he has a small margin pic.twitter.com/jhIeqke4dD
— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) August 5, 2022
Continuing the above, Arsenal were eventually forced to take long goal kicks, forcing the Eagles to smash them defensively with four in the back and a pair of defensive midfielders seated straight ahead. As has been the case for many years, Crystal Palace’s best moments began and usually ended with Wilfried Zaha kicking the ball out of his hands – wide wide to stretch the field and open up passages for runners from midfield, but Arsenal’s center numbers were too big and although they often bent, they never broke.
Wilfrid Zaha – Zaha’s numbers have been consistent for years, hopefully, but it’s worth noting that he’s used incredibly frequently by the player, which raises the possibility that building an attack around him, and only him, may not be Crystal Palace’s goal. the best way forward. Again, he was a part of everything, but when “everything” is nothing, well…
Oleksandr Zinchenko Zinchenko, signed this summer from Manchester City for $35.9 million, is addicted to Arsenal free football like a fish in water, which is not surprising given that he spent six seasons under Josep Guardiola. The Ukrainian International credited Martinelli’s assist and was at the heart of everything Arsenal did on the offensive, a la Joao Cancelo’s role at Manchester City – by definition playing left-back but doing so with the freedom to drift inside and overload the middle anytime he wants.
Crystal Palace’s next trip will be to Anfield, where they will take on Premier League and UEFA Champions League runners-up last season, FA Cup and League Cup winners Liverpool. The Reds will start their 2022/23 season away from Fulham on Saturday (WATCH HERE).
As for Arsenal, they will head home and welcome Leicester City starting Brentford this Sunday (WATCH HERE) at the Emirates Stadium next weekend.