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Arsenal see off Palace on strong start to Premier League season

London: Arsenal tried not to repeat last season’s dismal start when Mikel Arteta’s side beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Friday to open the 30th Premier League season.

The Gunners had their worst start to the league campaign in 67 years, losing 2-0 to Brentford in the opening game of the season last year.

However, a Gabriel Martinelli header in the first half and an own goal by Marc Guehi in the second half backed up their ferocious pre-season form as they made up for a 3–0 defeat at Selhurst Park in April.

That defeat sparked five defeats in the final ten games of the season, and Arsenal finished in the top four of the Premier League for the sixth year in a row.

However, the board trusted Arteta and helped the Spaniard by spending over £100 million on the transfer market.

The arrival of Gabriel Jesus to fill the need for centre-forward was Arsenal’s summer marquee deal, with the Brazilian nearly marking his debut in just four minutes.

Jesus slalomed through the center of Palace’s defense, and when his first attempt was blocked, Martinelli should have done better than putting the rebound outside the target.

The visitors were thoroughly dominant in the first quarter, but needed a set piece to break through.

Another debutant Oleksandr Zinchenko nodded across cornerback’s goal and Martinelli’s header had enough power to beat Vicente Guaita.

Palace had a far more troubled pre-season, with many key players staying home during the Australian tour as they had been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

It took the Eagles half an hour to find their feet, but once you get used to the tempo of the game, you’ll at least be disappointed that they didn’t score a point.

Arsenal have had their own problems waking the Palace fans out of their sleep as a clearance from Aaron Ramsdale has been charged down and fortunately the England goalkeeper rebounded to one of his own defenders. committed the

Ramsdale made a correction with a nice stop before the break to prevent Odone Edouard’s header leveling before the French striker fired another shot over the bar a few inches.

Palace drove back Arteta’s men in the second period, but again failed to take their chances when they came over.

Eberechi Eze was most guilty as he tamed and fired at Ramsdale’s body, beating Arsenal’s number one.

Arsenal threatened little on the counterattack in the second half, but were lucky enough to find a breather in the final five minutes.

A Palace centre-back’s header into the own net before Bukayo Saka’s driving cross caught England team-mate Guehi off guard.

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