Mikel Arteta hailed Arsenal’s elevated resilience after his aspect beat Crystal Palace 2-0 to take most factors on the Premier League’s opening evening.
Expectations and pleasure ranges are excessive on the Emirates after a powerful pre-season and Arsenal delivering on the opening evening with Gabriel Martinelli and a Marc Guehi personal objective sufficient for the factors.
Palace improved as the sport went on and Aaron Ramsdale was known as upon to make two good saves, whereas William Saliba impressed together with his defending because the Gunners managed a clear sheet.
Arteta used the comparability of Arsenal’s 2-0 opening day defeat to Brentford final season to point out how rather more resilience there may be in his squad now.
He mentioned: “You do not win right here with out him [resilience] and we skilled that final season. We began in a very completely different approach than we did final yr. Constructing that mentality and discovering a technique to get these moments and clear sheets on this league goes to be very important to our success and we managed to try this. I hope this may instill some confidence within the workforce.”
Palace: Guaita (6), Clyne (7), Andersen (7), Guehi (6), Mitchell (6), Doucoure (6), Schlupp (6), Eze (5), Ayew (7), Zaha (7), Edward (6)
Subscriptions: Mateta (6), Milivojovic (6), Hughes (6)
Arsenal: Ramsdale (8), White (6), Saliba (8), Gabriel (8), Zinchenko (7), Partey (7), Xhaka (7), Saka (8), Odegaard (7), Martinelli (7), Jesus (8)
Subscriptions: Tierney (7), Nketiah (6), Lokonga (6)
Man of the match: William Saliba
How the Gunners delivered on the opening evening…
Arsenal wasted no time in stamping their authority on the sport, which calmed the wild residence crowd. Martinelli created an early likelihood after some glorious solo dribbling by Jesus, who appeared like he had been taking part in in an Arsenal shirt all his life.
Identical to final season, Arsenal determined to hold on to the lead, which allowed Palace to develop into the sport. Ramsdale needed to be alert to deflect Odsonne Edouard’s close-range header huge of what was Palace’s first effort on objective simply earlier than the break.
Ramsdale was known as into motion once more within the 52nd minute when he denied Eberechi Eze within the nook after the previous QPR man was discovered by a intelligent cross from Wilfried Zaha.
Palace had an excellent move and stored their assaults going in quest of an equaliser, however the largest menace got here from the away aspect as Jesus’ persistent work off the ball virtually led to Martin Odegaard – captain for the primary time – conceding his strains throughout the zone.
With Arsenal defending their field with nice resolve, Saka grabbed the sport and made it protected with some excellent play down the wing. His cross was headed residence by Guehi and allowed the Arsenal followers to relaxation for the remaining six minutes. They will actually be enthusiastic about what could possibly be on the playing cards this season because the membership look to enhance on their fifth place end final season.
“We’re prime of the league,” chanted the away aspect at full-time.
Participant of the match: William Saliba
Sky Sports activities’ Jamie Carragher mentioned:
“I believed he was actually good. He did not have a lot to do within the first half, however there was a second when a ball went in behind 4 Arsenal backs, behind Ben White, and he simply tackled working alongside somebody.
“The way in which he dealt with it, together with his lengthy stride and his arm. He simply appears the half.
“Even earlier than you see him play, you see him come out to heat up and also you suppose he appears like an excellent participant.
“You are simply on the lookout for indicators of that and at such a younger age, how he dealt with that second half, a few instances serving to Ben White to get balls into the field.
“Arsenal followers have been enthusiastic about this man for some time. He has been loaned to a few completely different groups in France, ending with Marseille.
“You’ll be able to argue whether or not it was proper to ship him off, however a 21-year-old taking part in centre-back within the Premier League, do you need to do this once you’re 19 or 20? It isn’t straightforward.
“He appeared the actual deal, although.”
Sky Sports activities’ Gary Neville mentioned:
“Saliba has introduced soccer into him and I’ve been massively impressed by him.
“He jogged my memory of a younger Rio Ferdinand. He is really going to get stronger and his physique goes to get extra coordinated. He is such a younger centre-back nonetheless at 21.
“Crystal Palace away, it is a powerful away recreation within the Premier League as a result of they throw all the things at you. The attacking gamers at Palace problem you one on one, they drive you on a regular basis and by no means allow you to down.
“It is a huge evening for Saliba, making his debut with such a robust efficiency.”
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Evaluation: Is that this a unique Arsenal?
Sky Sports activities’ Lewis Jones:
How excited should Arsenal followers be proper now? Has the introduction of latest recruits critically taken them to a different stage? After all, solely time will inform, however this was an Arsenal efficiency in keeping with a lot of their common work final season, constructed round resolve and grit.
Arteta has them extraordinarily effectively organized with out the ball and the bottom of their protection is likely one of the greatest round, led by Gabriel and supported by Ramsdale when required. It was that basis that led them to victory at Selhurst Park with Jesus’ added vibrancy and enthusiasm in assault, a marked enchancment on what Alexandre Lacazette supplied for many of his time in an Arsenal shirt.
It’s a lazy commentary to explain Arsenal as fragile as of late. Many groups would have crumbled below the tempo and menace offered by Palace, particularly within the second half. Nonetheless, Arteta has discovered a intelligent technique to defend resolutely in key areas with the workforce’s cohesion on the again completely summed up by the efficiency of William Saliba, who slotted very impressively into the defensive construction.
Arteta: Ramsdale received the sport for us
Arsenal boss Michael Arts mentioned: “I am more than happy with the win, getting the three factors and a clear sheet in opposition to a very powerful opponent at a troublesome venue the place they actually obtained their males out. As we anticipated, we have been going to have intervals of inauspicious in the course of the match, however we confirmed nice resilience to beat them.
“You want the precise steadiness as a result of if you happen to lack physicality on this recreation, you are going to be uncovered. Having gamers in the back of the precise measurement is absolutely necessary in all these video games. That is the resilience we have to acquire soccer matches and watch them.
Vieira: On this recreation you might be punished
Supervisor of Crystal Palace Patrick Vieira to Sky Sports activities: “We created two excellent possibilities to attain and we did not take them. On this recreation you might be punished very closely. After all I am dissatisfied as a result of we might have scored, even when we did not create a lot.
“Soccer is about making an attempt to attain targets and we performed in opposition to an excellent workforce. It is actually troublesome to regulate the sport in opposition to groups which have actually good gamers. We had the ball, we had conditions however we did not create a lot. Within the moments key, we did not rating to get the group up and construct momentum. That is one thing now we have to work on.”
Opta Stats: Arteta reaches half a century
- Arteta has received 50 league video games as Arsenal supervisor after 98 video games in cost, making him the second-fastest supervisor to succeed in 50 top-flight wins for the Gunners behind Arsène Wenger (94 video games).
- Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka was booked for the 53rd time within the Premier League, probably the most of any participant within the competitors since he made his debut in 2016-17, alongside Oriol Romeu.
- Arsenal have scored 14 targets from nook conditions within the Premier League for the reason that begin of final season, with solely Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool scoring extra targets this manner (15 every).
What is anticipated subsequent?
Crystal Palace now have a 10-day break till their subsequent recreation on Monday August 15 in opposition to Liverpool at Anfield, reside on Sky Sports activities. In the meantime, Arsenal play their first residence recreation of the season subsequent Saturday at 3pm when Leicester go to the Emirates.