Arsenal are not repeating their past mistake. Like last year, the Gunners opened the ball for the new 2022-2023 Premier League season with a London derby. Not on the lawn of Brentford but on that of Crystal Palace this time. Unlike the previous summer, Mikel Arteta’s men, carried by an attacking quartet Saka-Ødegaard-Martinelli-Jesus, showed an interesting, even successful face, at least in the first act. Before giving way to more enterprising and liberated Eagles in the second half. But the main thing, namely the 3 points, a well and truly acquired (2-0).
Dominant and pressing in the game, well balanced collectively, Arsenal had an impressive start to the match. It is quite logical that Gabriel Martinelli deceived the vigilance of Vicente Guaita at close range with the head, taking advantage of a discount from Oleksandr Zinchenko on a corner (0-1, 20th). A great way to catch up for the Brazilian winger, who was distinguished by a failure after a festival of Gabriel Jesus (4th), while the Ukrainian rookie had seen the Spanish goalkeeper push back his provisional (8th).
Arteta can pay tribute to Ramsdale, Saliba (already) as boss
If the Canonniers were able to start their season well, it is also largely thanks to their goalkeeper. After giving his ball partners a few scares in the first period, Aaron Ramsdale reassured them by relaxing perfectly on a header from Odsonne Edouard at close range (42nd). The English international did it again by winning his face-to-face with Eberechi Eze after returning from the locker room (52nd), when his team felt the need. And how not to support the performance of William Saliba, dressed in pink for his debut with Arsenal and in the Premier League.
The Bondynois splashed the meeting with his solidity and his serenity, turning into a real defender of the Arsenal defense alongside Gabriel Magalhães (Ben White occupied the right lane). The more the end approached, the more the players of Patrick Vieira, who lined up Odsonne Édouard and the former Lensois Cheick Doucouré, dominated the debates. Yet it was Bukayo Saka, with a tight right-footed cross, who forced Marc Guehi to score against his side to offer it to the Gunners (0-2, 85th). Unlike last season, Arsenal were able to turn their backs to get off to a perfect start in what could well be a very good season at the Emirates Stadium.