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Arsenal open with a hard-fought win at Palace

5 Aug 2022
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Gabriel Martinelli strike and Marc Guehi own goal edge Gunners past valiant Eagles

Arsenal opened the 2022/23 season with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The Gunners went in front on 20 minutes when Bukayo Saka's corner was nodded back across goal by Oleksandr Zinchenko, making his Arsenal debut, and Gabriel Martinelli headed in to become the first Brazilian to score a season-opening goal.

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Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was called into action in either half as Palace pushed for an equaliser.

"He made two great saves," said former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit. "They were crucial for Arsenal."

But, with five minutes left and against the run of play, Arsenal added a second as Saka's cross was turned into his own net by Palace defender Marc Guehi.

Salah eyes another fast start

The attention now turns to Saturday's action, where Mohamed Salah will be aiming to score for a sixth successive opening weekend when Liverpool start the day with their trip to promoted Fulham.

Nottingham Forest visit Newcastle United for their first Premier League fixture in 23 years, while in Saturday's late kick-off, Frank Lampard’s Everton host his former club Chelsea at Goodison Park.

Last season’s champions Manchester City begin their title defence with a trip to West Ham United on Sunday.

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