Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal: Martinelli & Guehi own goal the difference as Gunners begin PL Campaign with Victory

Arsenal began their 2022/2023 Premier League campaign with a resounding 2-0 win away to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Friday night, as the new season kicked off.

The Gunners began brightly and were duly rewarded when Gabriel Martinelli headed into the net to give them the lead, which they took to the interval.

Upon the resumption of the second half, Palace responded in a bid to get the equalizer but it was Mikel Arteta’s men who had the last laugh as Marc Guehi inadvertently headed into the net, as the Gunners made the game and the points safe in what was the first London Derby fixture for the new campaign.

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FULL-TIME AT SELHURST PARK: Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

85′ MIN: Marc Guehi attempts to head the ball away after a cross into the penalty area, but instead he accidentally sends it inside the left post of his own goal. The goalkeeper Guaita was helpless.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal (B. Saka)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT SELHURST PARK: Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

HALF-TIME AT SELHURST PARK: Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

20′ MIN: A perfect lofted pass from Oleksandr Zinchenko finds Gabriel Martinelli, who jumps highest and steers a close-range header straight into the bottom left corner. His effort was both strong and precise, and Guaita had no chance of stopping that.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal (G, Martinelli)

KICK-OFF AT SELHURST PARK: Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

Coach Mikel Arteta has handed starts to new summer recruits Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, while the William Saliba makes his first PL start for the Gunners since returning from loan at Olympique Marseille.

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira has fielded a three-pronged attack consisting of Wilfred Zaha, Odsonne Edouard and Jordan Ayew, as the Eagles begin life without Belgian striker Christian Benteke – who left the club to join Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise D.C. United.

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