Gabriel Martinelli on target as Arsenal start with win at Crystal Palace Pipa News


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Gabriel Martinelli helped Arsenal reach the first three points of the Premier League season in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Martinelli drove home 20 minutes later as the Gunners made a promising start at Selhurst Park.

And as the home team bounced back brighter in the second half, which saw little chance for either side, the wind blew fiercely from their sails as Bukayo Saka’s cross struck Marc Guehi’s head, ending the game.

Arsenal arrived at Selhurst Park in hopes of preventing a repeat of the shock opener they lost 2-0 at Brentford last season.

The night kicked off with some last-minute drama for the hosts announcing Christian Benteke’s departure to DC United after six seasons at the club.

Gabriel Jesus was one of three players to side with Mikel Arteta, and Oleksandr Zinchenko and William Saliba were also in the Gunners’ starting line-up.

Arsenal were the first to hit a field goal after Isa got into the penalty area, dodging two Palace jerseys before bouncing Guehi.

The ball landed at Martinelli’s feet at the edge of the field, but the Brazilian’s effort went too far in front of the goal.

Minutes later, it was Zinchenko who took his own shot from pretty much the same spot, his attempt better steered but beaten by Vicente Guaita.

The Eagles were back on the offensive line, Eberechi Eze and Wilfried Zaha exchanged passes to move the ball down the left flank, but failed to create any real opportunity.

The Gunners piled on the pressure, showing no sign of first-game excitement in their debut game in front of the notorious Holmesdale grandstand.

Eventually, they got the breakthrough they were looking for from the fixed piece, with Zinchenko first connecting in mid-air before Martinelli compensated for his previous miss, and peaking out in front of a crowded goalie to nod in the opening.

Guaita prevented the visitors from quickly doubling their advantage and took a dangerous corner kick minutes later.

Palace’s best chance came when Joachim Andersen found himself inside the penalty area to take a free kick towards the end of the half, and he swept away the goal.

Odsonne Edouard, who made Patrick Vieira’s starting line-up after scoring a goal in the Eagles’ last practice game against Montpellier, was well positioned in the middle of the field and bent to catch the ball, but directed his effort directly at Aaron Ramsdale. .

The Frenchman had one last chance to equalize before the time-out, but missed the hosts’ second best opportunity in the half.

Palace looked brighter after the restart and could be leveled after Zaha gave a definitive pass to Eze in the middle of the box to set up one-on-one, but the south Londoner frustrated his effort.

What should have been an easy shot for Arsenal turned into a scare after the ball bounced off a few players and fell into Ramsdale’s hands, and Ramsdale somehow let it slide before he could rebound.

Although the hosts wanted more from the Gunners in the second period, neither side was able to create more opportunities.

However, hopes of splitting the numbers came to an end in the 85th minute when Saka bounced his center off the hapless Guehi’s head and smashed him into the lower left corner.