The Gunners have returned successfully. Winner of the Crystal Palace this Friday evening in the opening match of the first day of the Premier League (0-2), Arsenal take the lead in the English league provisionally. Ideally launched by Gabriel Martinelli in the 19th minute of play, Mikel Arteta’s men doubled their lead at the end of the match thanks to an own goal by Eagles defender Marc Guehi (84th).
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They were expected. They responded present. Designated favorites of this opening match of the English league, the Arsenal Gunners completed their mission perfectly by winning with two goals against the solid formation of Crystal Palace. Having entered their parts very well, Mikel Arteta’s boys immediately took the lead thanks to a header by Gabriel Martinelli (19th, 0-1) on a good deviation of the former Citizen Oleksandr Zinchenko, on a corner beaten from the right by Bukayo Saka.
Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal FC) versus Crystal Palace
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Ramsdale on fire, Guehi unhappy
Rightly rewarded for a clear dominance over their evening host, Arsenal nevertheless began to slow down just before half-time, proving to be decisive for the first time Aaron Ramsdale on a point-blank header from French Odsonne Edouard (41st). Having returned from the interval with the firm intention of immediately taking shelter from a possible return of Patrick Viera’s men, the Gunners have again curled the correction on an attempt by Eberechi Eze (51st), Ramsdale in front once again intervenes to preserve the advantage in the score of the Gunners.
Saved for the third time by an Aaron Ramsdale in a state of grace on a corner kick badly rejected by defender Gabriel (61st), Arsenal then had to wait for the very last moments of the match to finally be able to take refuge from a team of the Crystal Palace who knew how to keep visitors under pressure. The release came, as often, from Bukayo Saka, the English midfielder managing to deceive for the second time the Spanish goalkeeper Vicente Guaita on a tense cross involuntarily lengthened in his goals by the unfortunate Marc Guehi (84 °, 0-2).
Falling into the suffering of a valiant albeit small team of the Crystal Palace, Arsenal ideally launches their season and immediately places themselves at the top of the Premier League. Waiting, of course, for the appearances of other big names like Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham or Manchester United.
Bukayo Saka – Arsenal
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