Arsenal loved an ideal begin to the brand new English Premier League season because it beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Friday.
A primary-half header from Gabriel Martinelli and an own-goal from Palace defender Marc Guehi secured the three factors because the league returned after only a 75-day break.
Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta mentioned he was completely happy to get the primary win on the board after what proved to be a tough match.
“Yes, really pleased to be winning. Three points, a clean sheet, against a really difficult opponent and a really tough place,” he instructed reporters after the match.
“We confirmed nice resilience to get by means of them, and it’s actually constructive the way in which we began.
“We started really sharp, really mobile, really determined to play the way we wanted to play. Overall, positive.”
The Arsenal group had come beneath elevated scrutiny with the season-opener in the identical week as the discharge of the Amazon docuseries “All or Nothing” which documented the aspect’s earlier marketing campaign.
However the guests didn’t look phased because the host of younger stars began the match in sensible kind.
New signing Gabriel Jesus regarded electrical at occasions and gave Arsenal added depth within the closing third, whereas 21-year-old defender William Saliba was spectacular in what was his first league look for the Gunners. Saliba beforehand frolicked away from the membership on mortgage.
There was additionally a debut for Ukrainian captain Oleksandr Zinchenko, who made the change to the Emirates after leaving Manchester Metropolis.
The defender gave his new aspect some added composure and was available to offer the help for Martinelli’s header after a well-worked nook.
Whereas Arsenal’s efficiency regarded a little bit ragged at occasions within the second-half, it was a constructive begin to the marketing campaign that comes with numerous expectation connected.
Followers shall be demanding a top-four end after what appears to be a robust switch window and spectacular pre-season.
League video games have began per week sooner than regular this 12 months because of the males’s World Cup being performed mid-way by means of the season and followers shall be excited for a full set of fixtures over the weekend.