Player rankings as the Gunners open the Premier League season with a win

Arsenal kicked off the 2022/23 Premier League season with a victory over Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

Arsenal failed to score until their fourth Premier League game last season, but didn’t have to wait long for Gabriel Martinelli to break the deadlock this time around. A goal from Palace captain Marc Guehy eliminated any chance of a late comeback, but Patrick Vieira would have seen promising signs.

Arsenal He should have taken a lead just three minutes earlier when Gabriel Jesus’ reckless pass and pass set a golden opportunity for Martinelli, who mistook the ball off the post. Oleksandr Zinchenko soon witnessed a crushing defeat by Vicente Guaita as Arsenal added to the early pressure.

The opening match was coming and Martinelli compensated for his previous danger when he nodded the ball into the net, to meet Zinchenko’s powerful header into the net. The Palace, despite having numbers in the penalty area, could not handle it.

The visitors were completely under control, but that was compromised twice in the first half hour when Aaron Ramsdale was, otherwise he was a spectator until that point. Took a little long on the ball. Arsenal also escaped penalty claims when the ball appeared to land on Gabriel’s arm.

castle They were equal in the first half and should in fact have equalized when Edward Odson headed straight into Ramsdale from the middle of the penalty area. The Frenchman still had time before the break to try to make his way with the bulldozer, but Granit Xhaka blocked the shot.

The hosts had a great opportunity shortly after the start of the second half, too. Eberechi Eze was sharp enough to make room for himself, but his effort was too cumbersome and Ramsdale comfortably equated to him.

New Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard was guilty of trying to overplay the hour mark, looking for an extra pass when he saw a clear goal and ended up being sent off.

Palace was the team that applied pressure as the match went into the final 10 minutes – Joachim Andersen really impressed with the ball at his feet, sometimes serving as a deep playmaker. If anything, Arsenal’s second killer goal was against the course of play. Bukayo Saka made it happen, facing Terek Mitchell and passing a ball across the goal that Guihe inadvertently turned into the net.

Joachim Andersen challenges Gabriel Martinelli

Joachim Andersen was impressive in possession of Palace / Mark Atkins / Getty Images

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1)

GK: Vicente Guetta – 5/10 – He may ask himself about Martinelli’s goal.

Right-back: Nathaniel Klein – 6/10 – After an early chance, Martinelli wasn’t much of a threat from open play.

Central Defence: Joachim Andersen – 8/10 – Arsenal were frustrated defensively and even impressed with passing the ball forward.

Central Defence: Marc Guehy (c) – 6/10 – His goal was unlucky.

Left-back: Terek Mitchell – 6/10 – Saka lost it with the second goal. He did well against his teammate in England before that.

Pigeons: Cheick Doucoure – 7/10 – He seemed eager to make his mark with a physical approach early on. Only one misplaced pass in his 75th minute.

cm: Jeffrey Schlopp – 6/10 – I worked hard to drive forward from the midfield.

Right midfielder: Jordan Ayew – 5/10 – It does not generally include it.

Morning: King’s mercy – 7/10 – I didn’t see enough ball in the first half. Significantly improved in the second he should have scored.

Left midfielder: Wilfried Zaha – 7/10 – He grew into the match and started putting pressure on Wyatt in the second half.

Attacker: Odsonne Edouard – 6/10 – He got a nod to start but couldn’t take his golden opportunity when it came.

Sub: Jean-Philippe Mateta (58 minutes to Edouard) – 5/10

Sub: Luka Milivojevic (75 minutes to Dokuri) – 5/10

SUB: Will Hughes (86 min for Schlupp) – N/A

SUB: Malcolm Ebiwe (86 min for Eze) – N/A

Arsenal (4-2-3-1)

William Salib kicked the ball wide of Iberi Izzi

William Saliba rose to the occasion with Arsenal / Julian Finney / Getty Images

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 6/10 – Shaking with the ball at his feet, but he made some important saves.

Right-back: Ben White – 5/10 – Not more comfortable than his usual position.

Central Defence: William Saliba – 8/10 – His debut in the Premier League was delayed, but it didn’t bother him and he managed to eliminate the danger that came his way.

CB: Gabriel Magalhaes – 6/10 – He escaped a penalty in the first half.

Left-back: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7/10 – He started really well with power up and down the left flank and demanded an assist. A little faded.

cm: Thomas Partey – 6/10 – OK, but it didn’t stand out.

cm: Granite Shaka – 5/10 – Booked for diving.

Right midfielder: Bukayo Saka – 7/10 – He created the vital second goal that gave Arsenal the lead.

AM: Martin Odegaard (middle) – 5/10 – Wondrous poor with the ball and good without it. He refused a glorious invitation to shoot in front of goal.

Left midfielder: Gabriel Martinelli – 6/10 – He compensated for a poor early wasting with the opening goal. Maybe he could have done more in general.

Saint: Gabriel Jesus – 8/10 – The brightest spark in the Arsenal squad appears to be able to make things happen out of nothing.

Sub: Kieran Tierney (83 minutes for Zinchenko) – N / A

SUB: Eddie Nketiah (83′ for Jesus) – N/A

SUB: Albert Sambi (90 + 3 for Odegaard) – N/A


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