Coach Mikel Arteta's army had a smooth opening match, thereby igniting hopes for a successful season.
Impact of blockbusters
Wearing the number 9 shirt left by Alexandre Lacazette, rookie Gabriel Jesus was also given the responsibility of shouldering the Gunner’s attack.
In the last encounter, the Samba striker did not start in the right-sided striker position as is common in Manchester City or the Brazilian national team, but instead, he played as a striker and received support from the Bukayo couple. Saka – Gabriel Martinelli.
Jesus made a big impact on Arsenal’s play.
With adjustments from Mikel Arteta, Jesus was comfortable showing his strengths against the opponent. The 25-year-old striker shows speed, abundant energy and great creativity, thanks to which Arsenal’s attack becomes virtual and also brings greater efficiency.
After 3 long years of “roaming” in France, William Saliba finally had his first official match for the Gunners.
The 21-year-old star proves that the period of practice has helped him grow up and “ready to become a solid shield” in front of Aaron Ramsdale’s goal.
The Gunner’s New Rock.
Against Palace, Saliba put on a calm performance, making no mistakes. In addition to the saves, the Frenchman also showed an impressive ability to rotate the ball, contributing to the smooth deployment of the ball from Arsenal’s home field.
Conundrum for Ben White
The presence of Saliba prompted Arteta to decide to form a new pair of central defenders compared to last season, when the French international teamed up with Gabriel Magalhaes and pushed Ben White into the full-back position.
However, in the last encounter with Palace, the 24-year-old star showed his limitations. He was frequently overtaken by Wilfried Zaha and became the most exploited place.
Thus, it is likely that Takehiro Tomiyasu will return to take on the role of right-back when ensuring fitness. That will bring a problem for Arteta in the selection of personnel in the defense.
Arsenal broke down
Prior to the last encounter, the Gunners were regularly receiving sad results against Palace. Last season, they even lost 0-3 to the army of coach Patrick Vieira.
Arsenal won only 1 win after 8 encounters with Palace. However, things started to change after the opening game of the Premier League.
Arsenal missed out on being in the top four last season by losing too many games, including nine away.
Arsenal had an impressive performance.
Furthermore, they were unable to find the net in 8 of those encounters. They have received 4/6 defeats against Palace, Southampton, Tottenham and Newcastle.
However, with the goals in the opening match, the Gunners are gradually overcoming the biggest weakness of the previous season.
Sad day at Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ended last season with five consecutive clean sheets at home in the Premier League. However, they were unable to extend that streak after Martinelli scored the opening goal.