On the first night of the 2022–23 Premier League season, a header by Gabriel Martinelli in the first half and an own goal by Marc Guehi gave Arsenal a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Although Mikel Arteta’s club fell to Palace 3-0 in the comparable game last season, this was a great start for an Arsenal team that has improved during the summer.
Gabriel Jesus made his official debut for his new squad and was impressive right away, but fellow Brazilian Martinelli scored the game’s first goal after 19 minutes by heading in an intricate corner that involved Oleksandr Zinchenko.
When Bukayo Saka’s cross was deflected into the goal by Guehi’s head five minutes from time, Arsenal ended the game. Palace had made a valiant effort to tie the score and forced Aaron Ramsdale into many saves.
Live score updates and commentary were provided by The Sporting News as they covered the game.
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SALIBA, AT LEAST, LEAVES A GOOD FIRST IMAGE Prior to kickoff, there was much discussion about the two new Arsenal players, but it was another player making his Premier League debut that stood out the most. William Saliba, a French defender, had to wait three years for this occasion, but he didn’t let it pass him by, turning in a man-of-the-match performance.
Saliba felt secure facing a physical Crystal Palace assault. The 21-year-old not only handled everything that was thrown at him, but he also contributed significantly to Arsenal’s ability to advance the ball out of the back. Gunners supporters have long pondered Saliba’s performance with the parent club’s first team. There is now some evidence that he will play a significant role on Arteta’s team.
PERFECT JESUS FOR ARTETA’S ARSENAL Jesus is a Premier League champion, but his summer move from Manchester City to Arsenal gave fans the impression that he may be given new life. His first-half display against Palace only served to confirm this notion. The Brazilian was incredibly quick and repeatedly looked like he may get through the defense of the opposition. He had a chance to get one or two.
Jesus is obviously intended to be used as a No. 9, but Arteta allows the 25-year-old to stray into open spaces to create opportunities for space exploits. Jesus is adept at leading a high press and continuously gave the Palace defense something to consider. He is ideal for the group of players Arteta has put together based on this performance.
GOOD NEWS FOR THE PALACE Even though Palace lost on the first night of the season, Patrick Vieira could still draw some positives from the way his team played. The hosts made good use of their chances and had Odsonne Edouard and Eberechi Eze on the scoresheet. Throughout the game, especially in the second half, they forced the Gunners to play by their rules.
The 12 long passes Joachim Andersen attempted from the center of defense were all successful because Palace did a superb job of focusing on the Arsenal full-backs. The home team probably would have won this game if they had more finesse in front of goal. The Eagles can build on certain aspects.
SOUTHGATE GETS A LOT FROM RAMSDALE TO PONDER At Selhurst Park for the opening match of the 2022–23 Premier League season, Gareth Southgate was a keen watcher and undoubtedly had some opinions on Aaron Ramsdale’s performance, who was pressed into a number of stops. Particularly impressive were two saves made by Edouard and Eze.
Ramsdale, though, occasionally lacked accuracy with the ball. Arteta requests that his number one play out from the back, but Southgate needs to think about what the 2022 World Cup will require of his goalkeeper. Ramsdale may be the finest shot-stopper England has at the moment, but he frequently makes mistakes when in control of the ball. Is Southgate ready to overlook those errors?
RESULTS OF THE GAME BETWEEN CRYSTAL PALACE AND ARSENAL: 1 H 2 H Final Crystal Palace Arsenal 1 H 2 H Goals:
Martinelli, 19′, assists Zinchencko for Arsenal.
Guehi OG (85′) – Arsenal – Saka’s help
Commentary on Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal and Premier League highlights 90 3 mins: TOTAL: Crystal Palace 0—2 Arsenal
Arsenal started the 2022–23 season with a victory over Brentford, unlike the start of the previous season, and Arteta will be happy with how his squad performed overall. Most likely, they were due all three points.
90 seconds left: SUB – Odegaard OFF, Lokonga ON – The Gunners make one more substitution, with the captain leaving the field in stoppage time.
Three minutes of stoppage time will be used to conclude the game after 90 minutes.
87 minutes: Despite having to work hard in the second half and relying on Ramsdale to make a few crucial saves, Arteta’s players will be pleased with this outcome. It appears likely that they will win to begin their 2022–2023 season.
85 minutes: SCORE! Crystal Palace 0 Arsenal 2 (Guehi OG) – Arsenal had secured the victory after Saka’s cross was deflected into the goal by Guehi. Despite Palace’s best efforts in the second half to score an equalizer, it seems fairly clear that Arsenal will win.
82 minutes in: SUBS – Jesus and Zinchenko OFF, Nketiah and Tierney ON – Arteta finally makes some substitutions from the bench, and the two rookies are the ones who come on.
79 mins: At the moment, when they probe with the ball, it’s all Crystal Palace. The final ten minutes for Arsenal may be drawn out. They are opening themselves up to pressure. Is that by design or a result of the away team’s exhaustion?
77 minutes: Arsenal’s depth was an issue last season, but Arteta has solid choices on the bench right now. However, Crystal Palace appears more energized, while Arsenal has yet to make a move. They are the ones driving toward the next objective. Arsenal requires new blood!
Vieira makes his second substitution of the game, this time in the middle, at the 75-minute mark. Arteta hasn’t responded, though.
70 minutes is a waste! Saka sprints into the box after slipping past the Palace defense along the right side, but the angle was becoming increasingly difficult for him, as he mishits his shot wide of the near post! When he needed it, Saka lacked poise.
69 minutes in: Saliba has made an excellent Premier League debut for Arsenal. Although Crystal Palace had chances, the Gunners weren’t intimidated. Saliba bolsters the physicality of his team’s back line.
66 minutes in: It appears that Crystal Palace is beginning to press Arsenal so hard that they are suffocating them. Finding a way out of the back is difficult for the opposing team. Arteta is undoubtedly considering changing something.
62 seconds: Almost an own goal! I’m not exactly sure what occurred there! When Andersen attempted to head a corner kick back into the six-yard box, Gabriel’s shot off the post caused the ball to rebound and strike the post. The Arsenal defender was fouled, and the referee blew the whistle.
BOOKING – White in 61 minutes! White receives a second caution, this time for playing for Arsenal.
Jesus has a chance in 60 minutes! The Arsenal attacker catches a ball that is bouncing and passes it to Odegaard. He takes too long to release the shot, and as a result, Jesus’ shot is blocked and the ball returns to his path. Jesus is so difficult for the Palace defense to handle!
58 minutes in: SUB – Edouard OFF, Mateta ON – Mateta enters the game for the home team as Palace makes its first substitution of the game.
56 minutes: Odegaard attempts to score! Odegaard misses the near post with his attempt after Arsenal is awarded a free kick little over 20 yards away. He was attempting to deceive the goalie into believing he was making a middle-crossing attempt.
53 minutes: Zaha is driving. At the half, Palace realized they needed to isolate White at right back, and Zaha is making every effort to press the Arsenal defender. This time, White makes just the right amount of effort to thwart the Ivory Coast winger’s attempt to gain shooting space.
Ramsdale makes a save after 52 minutes! Crystal Palace has yet another fantastic opportunity to tie the score. Eze had time to take the touch and open his body out after Zaha threaded a pass through for him inside the area, but Ramsdale makes the save to deny him. Palace will believe that they ought to have scored by now.
50 minutes: Zinchenko provided the assist for Martinelli’s first-half goal, and there are already indications that he will be an important member of his new squad for Zinchenko, a former Manchester City player.
Schlupp attempts to score from the edge of the box on minute 47, but his shot is blocked, forcing the Palace midfielder to settle for a corner kick. Ramsdale, who initially appeared to have dropped the ball, successfully claims that corner kick on the second attempt!
The second half has begun at 46 minutes! Neither manager made any modifications. Arsenal leads Crystal Palace 1-0 in the match.
45 seconds into the half: HALF TIME: Crystal Palace 0 Arsenal 1 – Martinelli’s header separates the two teams at the break. Although Palace rallied back and demonstrated they can still win the game, the Gunners played several excellent moves.
45 minutes: Edouard is done! The Crystal Palace striker got the shot off after avoiding a few of tackles inside the Arsenal box, but it deflects off Xhaka and goes over the crossbar! There have been a few excellent opportunities for Edouard.
At the conclusion of the first half, there will be just one minute of stoppage time.
Booking – Xhaka in 44 minutes! Xhaka receives the first caution of the Premier League season for simulation.
43 minutes: Tonight at Selhurst Park, Gareth Southgate is among the spectators. Ahead of the 2022 World Cup, he must make a choice regarding his England starting goalkeeper, and Ramsdale’s save certainly attracted his attention!
41 minutes: Huge save! When Andersen receives a diagonal freekick into the box, he heads it back into the six-yard box, but Ramsdale blocks Edouard’s header! That was Crystal Palace’s best opportunity of the game. Edouard ought to have performed better!
38 minutes: Crystal Palace is doing a little bit better at containing the Arsenal attackers and ensuring that they can’t easily loop in behind. They are approaching people like Martinelli and Jesus.
Penalty kick appeal at 35 minutes! The ball appeared to contact Gabriel’s arm as a clearance dropped back to the ground from above, leading the Crystal Palace players and the home crowd in Selhurst Park to demand a penalty kick. However, replays reveal that there wasn’t much of an incident. Not given.
Martinelli wasted a great chance to score in the first five minutes of the game, but he made up for it by scoring off a corner kick routine in the 33rd minute.
30 minutes in: Palace is gaining control of this game. As a means of trying to confuse the Arsenal defense, Andersen is starting to make some long passes forward. The pressure is also making the home team happy in a little way. Sometimes it’s challenging for Arsenal to play through Palace.
28 minutes: Ramsdale almost made a mistake! Despite appearing to be under no pressure, the Arsenal goalie passes the ball to Edouard. But the ricochet bounces off a Gunners player, saving the away team. Ramsdale occasionally makes mistakes like that!
Jesus has played so well in the first 24 minutes of this game. The new Arsenal number nine is so hard to stop, and Palace are struggling mightily. Every time, he dribbles and flicks the ball past them.
Arsenal used a pretty clever set piece in minute 21. The cross from Odegaard found Zinchenko, who was clearly supposed to offer a different option at the back post. Even though it ultimately seemed a little shabby, it was well done.
19 minutes: SCORE! Martinelli scores the opening goal of the Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace, 0-1 Arsenal. Martinelli glanced the ball over the goal line after Zinchenko deflected a corner kick into the danger zone at the back post. Arsenal is in front!
15 mins: Jesus’ contributions to this Arsenal team are clear to see. Brazilian striker is making space for himself to run into by dribbling past Palace defenders and moving out wide. For the Gunners, he might be a game-changing acquisition!
11 minutes: Palace got off to a good start, but in the last five minutes or so, Arsenal has grabbed control. The ball is at their feet, and they are engaging in some fantastic play. For the time being, the home team must sit back and keep the defense compact.
Zinchenko has a chance after 8 minutes! On the edge of the Palace box, the ball landed well for the Arsenal left back, who struck it cleanly, but Guaita saves it. Partey attempts to capitalize on the opportunity once it is recycled, but his attempt is blocked 20 yards from the target.
4 minutes: It ought to be 1-0! What a chance this is for Arsenal! The ball falls well for Martinelli as Jesus weaves his way through the Palace defense, but nonetheless Martinelli manages to shoot across goal and wide of the far post!
3 minutes: Crystal Palace has had a strong start to the game, controlling possession early on. Of course, the Palace team’s style of play has changed since Vieira’s hiring in the summer of 2016. At their feet, they like playing with the ball.
Palace kicks off in one minute, and the 22/23 Premier League season has begun! The home team is wearing its customary red and blue uniform, while Arsenal is sporting its slightly recognizable bright pink away uniform.
Five minutes to kickoff: Let’s go! Arsenal and Crystal Palace are emerging from Selhurst Park’s tunnel. It won’t be long till the 22/23 Premier League season begins!
Odegaard will play in his first Premier League game as Arsenal’s official new club captain 10 minutes before kickoff. After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left the Gunners during the January transfer window, the team required a new captain, and Arteta has chosen Odegaard to fill that role.
30 minutes before kickoff: The 22/23 Premier League season is about to begin! This ought to be an interesting opening fixture. After full time, we will know a lot more about how strong these two clubs will be this season!
Selhurst Park will be filled this evening at kickoff, in 20 minutes! Of course, Crystal Palace defeated Arsenal 3-0 the last time the two teams met in the Premier League! Can they execute like that again tonight?
Saliba will make his long-awaited Premier League debut this evening, 30 minutes before kickoff. The Frenchman had a very good loan season at Marseille last year, and he begins at center defense for Arsenal with White moving to the right back position due to Tomiyasu’s injury.
50 minutes before kickoff, Edouard begins: Nathaniel Clyne will start as a full back, while Vieira has chosen Odsonne Edouard to be his number nine. Apart from those two choices, Crystal Palace’s starting lineup is what most people were anticipating!
Saliba will kick off in 55 minutes! William Saliba has been selected to start for Arsenal in both the starting lineup and matchday squad announcements! For the Gunners, Zinchenko starts at left back and Jesus up front.
One hour before kickoff: Even though the Premier League began on a Friday night for the second consecutive season, it’s still not very common. The floodlights add more glitz to it!
75 minutes until kickoff: What do you think these two clubs will accomplish this year? Arsenal wants to qualify for the Champions League, while Palace wants to finish in the top half. Can they both succeed in their goals?
Arteta has several injury concerns ahead of tonight’s game at Selhurst Park, which is 90 minutes away from start. Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney, and Emile Smith Rowe are all skeptics. When the team’s announcement is announced in 30 minutes, we’ll know more.
Selhurst Park is one of the Premier League’s most energetic venues, so this evening should be very loud! 100 minutes before kickoff! Can Palace capitalize on their successful 21/22 campaign this year?
There may be excellent reason for the excitement among Arsenal supporters as the 22/23 season gets underway in 110 minutes! The Gunners performed well in the preseason. Arsenal has immediate chance of moving up to the top four thanks to Jesus’ impact!
120 minutes until kickoff: Good evening and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Crystal Palace at Arsenal’s Premier League season opener.
At Selhurst Park, Vieira’s team takes on the Gunners. While the visitors are considered the favorites, it should be noted that Palace defeated Arsenal 3-0 in the equivalent matchup the year before. This may be quite interesting!
LINEUPS FOR CRYSTAL PALACE VS. ARSENAL Injury forced Jack Butland to miss the opening game of the 2022–23 campaign, and Sam Johnstone, a summer addition, was also out. Vicente Guita therefore started in goal for Palace against Arsenal.
In addition to James McArthur’s absence due to injury, Michael Olise missed games for the Eagles. In an effort to stop Arsenal from dominating the center of the field, Vieira favored Cheick Doucoure at the base of the Palace midfield.
Guaita (GK), Mitchell, Guehi, Andersen, Clyne Doucoure, Eze, Schlupp Ayew, Zaha, and Edouard comprise the Crystal Palace XI (4-3-3) lineup.
Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka provided support in the wide areas for Jesus as Arsenal’s starting center forward. Due to injury concerns with Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ben White were chosen to play in the full back positions.
Due to injury worries, Arteta chose to go with the tried-and-true midfield trio of Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, and Martin Odegaard rather than Fabio Vieira and Emile Smith Rowe.
Predicted starting lineup for Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Saka Jesus, Ramsdale (GK), Zinchenko, Gabriel, Saliba, White Thomas, and Xhaka Martinelli.