Arsenal begin their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace

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Left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko set up Gabriel Martinelli for the opening goal in the first half, striker Gabriel Jesus created several chances and defender William Saliba put in a near-perfect performance at the back.

Left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko set up Gabriel Martinelli for the opening goal in the first half, striker Gabriel Jesus created several chances and defender William Saliba put in a near-perfect performance at the back.

Arsenal newcomers made an immediate impact by opening the premier league beating hosts Crystal Palace 2-0.

Left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko netted the opening goal in the first half while striker Gabriel Jesus created a number of chances and defender William Saliba put in a nearly flawless performance on his first start for Arsenal.

The Gunners still had to endure a nervous second half before Bukayo Saka’s attempted cross was deflected into his own net by Palace defender Marc Guehi in the 85th minute.

Arsenal took the lead from a well-worked corner in the 20th, when Zinchenko met a long delivery in the box and headed in on goal at Gabriel Martinelli, who nodded from close range.

Martinelli should have scored in the opening minutes after a wild run from Jesus, who smashed his way into the box before the ball deflected into the path of his fellow Brazilian, who scuffed his shot away from the far post.

“The way we started the game, the way we played the first half hour, I think it was superb,” ​​Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said. “We should have scored one or two more, we missed a few chances. But (if) you want to win here, you have to dig. Zinchenko and Jesus both joined Manchester City in the off-season while Saliba was signed in 2019 but has spent the last three seasons on loan in his native France. The centre-back looked calm and confident on his league debut, making key interventions and blocks as Palace chased an equaliser.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time,” Saliba said. “I’m so happy to start with a clean sheet and a win.” Arsenal also needed two good saves from goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to maintain their lead.

Ramsdale first reacted quickly to fend off a close-range header from Odsonne Edouard in the 42nd minute, then went low to block a shot from Eberechi Eze in the 54th.

“Aaron did incredibly well and he won the game for us,” Arteta said.

For Arsenal, it made for a much better start to the season than last year, when they also opened the campaign on a Friday night but fell to promoted Brentford 2-0 and also lost the next two games.

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