At Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace, Arsenal started the new Premier League season with a 2-0 victory.
New players have been added to the roster. Both Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus had a big influence on Mikel Arteta’s side on Friday, with Jesus grabbing the headlines and Zinchenko providing the assist for the game’s first goal.
Arsenal took the lead through Gabriel Martinelli’s close-range header, and then added a second through Bukayo Saka’s cross, which Marc Guehi deflected into his own net.
Arsenal held tight to take their first three points of the new season despite several chances for Palace to equalise after the intermission, forcing excellent saves from Aaron Ramsdale.
Jesus made his Arsenal debut instantly, weaving through the Palace defence before seeing his shot diverted into the path of Martinelli, who squandered a golden opportunity to put Arsenal in front early on in the second half.
Zinchenko headed Saka’s deep corner back across goal for Martinelli to nod in on the rebound.
Odsonne Edouard had a fantastic opportunity to put Palace ahead before half-time, but his header was saved by Ramsdale down to his right.
When Wilfried Zaha set up Eberechi Eze for an easy finish, England goalkeeper David Ramsdale was forced into action once more early in the second half.
Guehi’s late goal scuppered Crystal Palace’s hopes of salvaging a point against Arsenal, who had sprung a surprise on the visitors.
What does this imply, exactly? Opening triumph reveals Arteta’s trademark style.
Following their Manchester City signings, Arteta’s new players showed precisely what he expected of them, setting the pace – Jesus topped all Gunners in duels (21).
In the second half, Arsenal failed to take advantage of their first-half dominance, allowing Palace to come back into the game and relying on Ramsdale to hold on to the lead.