Mikel Arteta's Arsenal defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 in their opening Premier League game of the term but are looking to bring in reinforcements before the transfer deadline.
Arsenal’s season got off to a flying start on Friday night as they defeated Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park.
The same result was recorded in the Potteries the following day, where Charlie Patino made his debut for Blackpool. The Arsenal youngster was on the losing side as hosts Stoke earned the points, but his “calmness” impressed Tangerines boss Michael Appleton.
Patino is viewed as the future of Arsenal, yet it was a club legend who made his mark on Saturday night. Ex-striker Ian Wright hit back at former Tottenham chair Alan Sugar after he questioned the club’s new pink third kit. Here are the headlines from the Emirates.
Patino’s new song
Patino received a warm welcome from Blackpool fans as he made his Championship bow on Saturday afternoon.
The 18-year-old joined Blackpool on a season-long loan deal earlier this month. He is viewed as one of the Gunners’ best young players and represents England at Under-19 level. He scored on his senior debut for Arsenal against Sunderland last December.
Charlie Patino joined Blackpool on loan earlier this month
Patino got his first taste of Championship football on Saturday afternoon when he was brought on in the 70th minute of Blackpool’s 2-0 away defeat to Stoke. Despite losing the game, the Tangerines faithful were still in fine voice at the end of the game.
A large group of Blackpool fans were filmed singing Patino’s name on the concourse at Stoke. The new chant is inspired by Blackpool’s hatred of local rivals Preston and goes to the tune of Michael Jackson’s 1995 hit song ‘You Are Not Alone’.
Wright hits back at Sugar
Wright responded in the perfect way to Sugar’s jibe by wearing a pink shirt on Saturday night’s Match of the Day. During the Palace victory, Sugar tweeted: “Pink shirts! I wonder if Ian Wright would have played in a pink shirt.” He also tagged Wright in the tweet.
Sugar was slammed for his tweet. It came less than a month after he questioned the BBC’s coverage of the Women’s Euros for not having a male commentator in some games. He then dragged Wright into the row for being one of the BBC’s pundits.
When the Arsenal legend’s attire was brought up on Match of the Day by host Gary Lineker and fellow pundit Alan Shearer, he said: “Real men can wear pink.”
Arteta’s hidden transfer
Mikel Arteta brought a colleague from Manchester City to Arsenal last summer (Image: Getty Images)
Arsenal have spent £118million on transfers this summer, but it was one of Arteta’s signings from last year that got their Premier League campaign off to the perfect start on Friday night… set-piece coach Nicolas Jover.
Arteta recruited the French coach after Arsenal finished the 2020-21 season with the fourth-worst record from dead-ball situations, scoring only six goals. Having spent three years at Brentford and gaining experience at Montpellier, Jover enjoyed two terms working under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City from the summer of 2019 onwards.
Jover made an instant impact at Arsenal last term, taking their tally in the Premier League to 16. And they’re already off the mark this season, with a well-worked routine scoring their first goal against Palace and demonstrating the tactician’s set-piece acumen.
When the Gunners earned a corner in the 20th minute of their Premier League opener, Bukayo Saka knew to spot Zinchenko floating in an unorthodox position at the far post, delivering a deep ball towards him to head back across goal for Gabriel Martinelli to finish.