Crystal Palace v Arsenal: 2022-23 Premier League season opener at Selhurst Park set to be a London-wide event on Friday (watch live at 3pm ET online online via NBCSports.com).
Arsenal finished 5th in the Premier League last season, but only after losing four games with three games remaining, including demolition in a north London derby at the hands of Tottenham. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace finished 12th in Patrick Vieira’s first season at the club, providing a platform to lean on as he molds his team to his image.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Crystal Palace vs Arsenal.
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How to watch Crystal Palace vs Arsenal live, stream link and start time
Start: 3:00 pm ET, Friday.
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: flow through NBCSports.com
Key storylines and (young) star players
Firstly, this season will mark Crystal Palace’s decade in the Premier League – an unbelievable result for any team that has been promoted, but certainly even more so for a club that has played just four of the previous 21 seasons in the top flight since the PL began. in 1992. Add to that the fact that the club was entering a period of major transformation and Vieira’s job was far from easy from the start. After all, the Eagles were one of only eight teams in the Premier League with a positive goal difference at the end of the season, having scored nine more than the previous season and conceded 20 fewer. All the while, Vieira assigned important first-team roles to Conor Gallagher, who was in his 20s (returned to Chelsea on loan), Mark Gehi, Tyreke Mitchell and Michael Olise.
Mikel Arteta has made the most of his handful of up-and-coming stars, a core of young talent he hopes can take another huge step forward this season. All six of Arsenal’s top scorers started last season aged 23 and under: Bukayo Saka, Emil Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Magalhães together scored 44 goals and provided 20 assists. Now with Gabriel Jesus leading the centre-forward line, hopes in north London have turned into expectations. It’s time for Arteta to perform because there are no more excuses left.
Crystal Palace team news, injuries, squad options
NOT REMOVED: Michael Olies (foot), James MacArthur (groin), Sam Johnston (thigh), Jack Butland (arm)
Arsenal news, injuries, squad options
QUESTION: Emile Smith Rowe (groin), Kieran Tierney (knee), Takehiro Tomiyasu (thigh), Fabio Vieira (ankle)