Without much offensive power but with a lot of forcefulness and an evident defensive strength with an excellent performance from goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and defenders Ben White and Aaron Saliba, Arsenal beat Crystal Palace (0-2) to show their credentials as a possible candidate for the Premier League. After caressing the Champions League last season, Arsenal, once again, for the third consecutive year, was in charge of opening the competition. Renewed, with flashy signings such as Gabriel Jesús or Aleksandr Zinchenko, Mikel Arteta’s team had a winning aroma after completing a good preseason in which they showed a good level with which the ‘Gunners’ fans were filled with illusion. Martinelli opened the scoring, after finishing off a header from Zinchenko coming out of a corner. It was the first goal of the course in the Premier and Crystal Palace, with their final reaction, came close to equalizing with a header from Edouard that was saved by Aaron Ramsdale. The Arsenal goalkeeper saved the tie and Crystal Palace, who smelled blood, did not he stopped insisting, pressured by the passage of time. However, between White and Saliba, both immense, they closed any door to a comeback for Palace, who received the final straw five minutes from time with Marc Guehi’s own goal after poorly clearing a poisoned Saka cross. That was the unfortunate end for a team that deserved more and could not silence the cheering Arsenal fans, who chanted something self-evident: “Arsenal is the leader”. Crystal Palace line-up: Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp (Hughes, d. 86), Doucouré (Milivojevic, d. 75); Ayew, Eze (Ebiowei, d. 86), Zaha; and Edouard (Mateta, m. 58)Arsenal line-up: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko (Tierney, d. 83); Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard (Lokonga, d. 92), Martinelli; and Gabriel Jesus (Nketiah, d. 83).
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