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Report | August 5
|Crystal Palace||0 - 2||Arsenal|
|Marc Guéhi 85 [OG]|
Martinelli put Arsenal 1-0 up in the 20th minute. In the 85th minute, Marc Guéhi inadvertently netted a dreaded own goal, and there was nothing between the teams for the remainder.
Bukayo Saka continually probed down the flank, getting 6 crosses into the box. For Palace, Jordan Ayew seemed off the pace defensively, committing 4 fouls in a frustrating game. On a positive note for the Eagles, they had a clear advantage in the passing game, racking up 560 completed passes to the Gunners' 436.
Palace will look to bounce back next match. Meanwhile, Arsenal begin their season with a win.
|1 goal scored||Assisted 1 goal|
|Took 2 shots (2nd on their team)||Had 1 shot on target (1st in the game)|
Next up, there's no let up for Palace as they’re faced with the prospect of a high-flying Liverpool side on Monday, August 15th. While Arsenal take on Leicester at the Emirates on Saturday, August 13th. Can the Eagles improve and pick up points? Will the Gunners find another win?
Nickname: The Gunners
Stadium: Emirates Stadium (Capacity 60,704)
Manager: Mikel Arteta (ESP)
Last Season: 5th
|Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) €52.2m||Alexandre Lacazette (Olympique Lyon) Free|
|Fábio Vieira (FC Porto) €35m||Mattéo Guendouzi (Olympique Marseille) €11m|
|Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City) €37m||Konstantinos Mavropanos (VfB Stuttgart) €3.2m|
After losing Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on free transfers this year, Arsenal have pinned down Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus on a long-term deal. The hungry 25-year-old will want to prove himself after being in and out of the Manchester City team.
Predicted Formation: 4-2-3-1
It’s clear to see that Mikel Arteta learned his trade under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola. Early in his tenure at Arsenal, Arteta adopted a rigid possession system. However, this has now evolved into a possession-centric style, with an emphasis on counter-attacking and pressing high up the pitch. Expect to see patient build-up play, clean defending from set pieces, and a focus on winning the ball in dangerous positions.
|Crystal Palace (A)||20 of the last 21 encounters between the two sides have had over 1.5 goals.|
|Leicester City (H)||Arsenal beat the Foxes 2-0 in both Premier League fixtures in the 2021/2022 season.|
|Bournemouth (A)||Bournemouth have only recorded one victory against the Gunners (in January 2018).|
|Fulham (H)||Fulham haven’t beaten Arsenal since a 2-1 win back in January 2012.|
|Aston Villa (H)||Arsenal did the double over Villa in the last campaign.|
Arsenal narrowly missed out on a top four finish last season and many feel they will come up short in this campaign too. It’s going to come down to tactics. Don’t be surprised if the Gunners become a more attacking outfit. Forwards Jesus and Nketiah should be presented with plenty of chances to convert thanks to the creativity of Saka on the right, combined with presence of Smith-Rowe/Martinelli on the left. A relatively kind set of opening fixtures should allow Arsenal to nail some points down early doors and build some much-needed momentum for the season ahead.
Does the star signing have what it takes to win the Golden Boot?
(odds correct as of July 22, 2022 and subject to change)
Did you know? Arsenal contested the first football match involving shirt numbers, a 3-2 loss to Sheffield Wednesday on August 25, 1928.
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