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Arsenal too strong for Palace | Arteta hails added resilience

Mikel Arteta hailed Arsenal’s added resilience after his facet beat Crystal Palace 2-0 to say most factors on the opening night time of the Premier League.

Expectation and pleasure ranges have grown across the Emirates after a powerful pre-season and Arsenal delivered on the opening night time with Gabriel Martinelli and a Marc Guehi personal objective sufficient for the factors.

Palace improved as the sport wore on and Aaron Ramsdale was known as upon to make two prime saves while William Saliba impressed along with his defending because the Gunners grabbed a clear sheet.

Arteta used the comparability of Arsenal’s opening day 2-0 defeat to Brentford final season to showcase how far more resilience he has in his squad now.

He stated: “You do not win right here with out it [resilience] and we skilled that final season. We began in a extremely totally different solution to what we did final yr. Constructing that mentality and discovering a solution to undergo these moments and clear sheets on this league goes to be important for our success and we’ve managed to try this. Hopefully that may breed some confidence within the group.”

Participant scores

Palace: Guaita (6), Clyne (7), Andersen (7), Guehi (6), Mitchell (6), Doucoure (6), Schlupp (6), Eze (5), Ayew (7), Zaha (7), Edouard (6)

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

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

Subs: Tierney (7), Nketiah (6), Lokonga (6)

Man of the Match: William Saliba

How Gunners delivered on opening night time…

Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli celebrates with team-mates after scoring his against Crystal Palace
Picture: Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli celebrates with team-mates after scoring his towards Crystal Palace

Arsenal wasted no time in stamping their authority on the sport, which quietened down the raucous house crowd. Martinelli blazed an early probability vast after some excellent solo dribbling from Jesus, who appeared like he had been {playing} in an Arsenal shirt all his life.

Very like final season, Arsenal determined to sit down on a lead which allowed Palace to develop into the sport. Ramsdale needed to be alert to divert Odsonne Edouard’s close-range header away from objective from what was Palace’s first try on objective simply earlier than the break.

Ramsdale was known as into motion once more on 52 minutes when denying Eberechi Eze on the angle after the previous QPR man was discovered by a intelligent cross from Wilfried Zaha.

Palace had good circulation and maintained their assaults searching for an equaliser however the higher risk got here from the away facet as Jesus’ persistent work off the ball virtually led to Martin Odegaard – captain for the primary time – fluffing his strains contained in the field.

With Arsenal defending their field with nice decision, Saka grabbed the sport by the scruff and made the sport secure with some excellent wing play. His cross was clumsily headed house by Guehi and allowed the Arsenal followers to loosen up for the remaining six minutes. They will actually be excited for what may very well be on the playing cards this season because the membership look to enhance on their fifth-placed end final time period.

“We’re prime of the league,” sang the away finish at full-time.

Man of the match: William Saliba

William Saliba's touch map for Arsenal against Crystal Palace
Picture: William Saliba’s contact map for Arsenal towards Crystal Palace

Sky Sports activities’ Jamie Carragher stated:

“I believed he was actually good. He did not have a lot to do within the first half, however there was one second when a ball went in behind the Arsenal again 4, in behind Ben White, and he simply got here throughout, operating alongside somebody.

“The best way he handled it, along with his lengthy stride and his arm got here throughout. He simply appears the half.

“Even earlier than you see him play, you see him run out for the nice and cozy up and also you suppose he appears a very good participant.

“You might be simply searching for indicators of it and at such a younger age, how he handled that second half, a few occasions serving to Ben White, balls into the field.

“Arsenal followers have been enthusiastic about this lad for some time. He is gone on mortgage to a few totally different groups in France, ending with Marseille.

“You possibly can argue if it was proper to ship him out however a 21-year-old {playing} centre-back within the Premier League, do you need to be doing that if you end up 19 or 20? It is not straightforward.

“Nevertheless, he appeared the actual deal.”

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Mikel Arteta joined Kelly Cates, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher to mirror on Arsenal’s 2-0 win towards Crystal Palace and was happy with William Saliba’s debut for the membership

Sky Sports activities’ Gary Neville stated:

“Saliba has obtained soccer inside him and I used to be massively impressed by him.

“It jogged my memory of a younger Rio Ferdinand. He’ll truly get stronger, and his physique will change into extra coordinated. He is such a younger centre-back nonetheless on the age of 21.

“Crystal Palace away, that may be a powerful away sport within the Premier League as a result of they do throw all the things at you. The ahead gamers at Palace problem you one on one, they drive at you on a regular basis and so they by no means offer you a second’s peace.

“That could be a large night time for Saliba, making his debut with such a powerful efficiency.”

Fantasy Premier League stats

Palace vs Arsenal FPL stats

Targets Martinelli, Guehi OG
Assists Zinchenko, Saka
Bonus factors Zinchenko (3pts), Saliba (2pts), Gabriel (1pt)

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Evaluation: Is that this a unique Arsenal?

Sky Sports activities’ Lewis Jones:

How excited ought to Arsenal followers be getting proper now? Has the introduction of the brand new recruits severely taken them to the subsequent stage? In fact, solely time will inform however this was an Arsenal efficiency in line with a lot of their tidy work of final season constructed round decision and grit.

Arteta has them supremely well-organised with out the ball and the bottom of their defence is likely one of the finest round, led by Gabriel and backed up by Ramsdale when required. It was that base that led them to victory at Selhurst Park with the added zest and enthusiasm of Jesus in assault an apparent improve on what Alexandre Lacazette supplied for almost all of his time in an Arsenal shirt.

It is a lazy statement to outline Arsenal as brittle nowadays. Many groups would have crumbled underneath the tempo and risk supplied by Palace, particularly within the second half. Nevertheless, Arteta has discovered a sensible means of defending resolutely in key areas with the group cohesion on the again completely summed up by the efficiency of William Saliba, who slotted in very impressively to the defensive construction.

Arteta: Ramsdale received the sport for us

Arsenal boss MIkel Arteta stated: “I am actually happy with successful, getting the three factors and a clear sheet towards a extremely tough opponent in a troublesome place the place they actually obtained their individuals going. As we anticipated we had been going to have powerful intervals through the match, however we confirmed nice resilience to get by them.

“You want the precise steadiness as a result of when you come quick when it comes to physicality on this sport, you are going to be uncovered. To have gamers in the back of the precise dimension is basically necessary in these sorts of matches. That is the resilience we have to win soccer matches and see them by. Aaron Ramsdale did extremely properly from the one-on-one and received the sport for us.”

Vieira: On this sport, you get punished

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Patrick Vieira was left dissatisfied after Crystal Palace’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal and felt the distinction between the 2 groups was that the Gunners took their probabilities whereas Palace didn’t

Crystal Palace supervisor Patrick Vieira to Sky Sports activities: “We created two actually good probabilities to attain and we did not take them. On this sport, you get punished actually arduous. In fact I am dissatisfied as a result of we may have scored, even when we did not create a lot.

“Soccer is about making an attempt to attain objectives and we performed towards a very good facet. It is actually tough to regulate the sport towards groups which have actually good gamers. We had the ball, we had conditions however we did not create very a lot. In the important thing moments, we did not rating to raise the group and construct momentum. That’s one thing we’ve to work on.”

Opta stats: Arteta reaches half-century

  • Arteta has received 50 league matches as Arsenal supervisor after 98 video games in cost, making him the second-quickest supervisor to achieve 50 top-flight wins for the Gunners after Arsène Wenger (94th sport).
  • Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka was proven a yellow card for the 53rd time within the Premier League, the joint-most of any participant within the competitors since he debuted in 2016-17, together with Oriol Romeu.
  • Arsenal have scored 14 objectives from nook conditions within the Premier League because the begin of final season, with solely Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool scoring extra objectives on this method (15 every).

What’s subsequent?

Crystal Palace have a 10-day break now till their subsequent fixture on Monday 15 August towards Liverpool at Anfield, dwell on Sky Sports activities. In the meantime, Arsenal play their first house sport of the season subsequent Saturday at 3pm when Leicester go to The Emirates.

Monday fifteenth August 7:00pm Kick off 8:00pm

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