Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal: Gabriel Martinelli gets Gunners off to perfect start

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Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal: Gabriel Martinelli gets Gunners off to perfect start

Arsenal got their campaign off to the perfect start as Mikel Artetas side beat Crystal Palace in an entertaining 2022-23 Premier League curtain-raiser at Selhurst Park.

The Gunners maintained their impressive pre-season form with an energetic performance that was rewarded when Gabriel Martinelli nodded in a 20th-minute opener from new signing Oleksandr Zinchenkos headed assist.

It took Palace most of the first half to adapt to the visitors tempo, but once they did Odsonne Edouard forced Aaron Ramsdale into a save after Joachim Andersens header found him in the six-yard box.

Buoyed by a vibrant home crowd, the Eagles poured forward in search of a leveller but it was Arsenal who found the net again, Marc Guehi inadvertently heading Bukayo Sakas fierce cross into his own goal late on.

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Formation 4-2-3-1

Formation 4-2-3-1

Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Arsenal 2.

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Arsenal 2.

Foul by Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace).

Albert Sambi Lokonga (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution, Arsenal. Albert Sambi Lokonga replaces Martin Ødegaard.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Marc Guéhi.

Attempt blocked. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eddie Nketiah.

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Malcolm Ebiowei replaces Eberechi Eze.

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Will Hughes replaces Jeffrey Schlupp.

Own Goal by Marc Guéhi, Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace 0, Arsenal 2.

Attempt missed. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Partey.

Joachim Andersen (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal).

Substitution, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Gabriel Jesus.

Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Tierney replaces Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Attempt missed. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jean-Philippe Mateta.

Attempt missed. Jean-Philippe Mateta (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Thomas Partey (Arsenal).



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