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Martinelli makes history with opening goal

6 Aug 2022
Premier League - Crystal Palace v Arsenal

Arsenal striker joins exclusive list after his strike at Crystal Palace on Friday

There have been 61 different goalscorers from Brazil in the 30 years of the Premier League, but none had had the honour of scoring the first goal of a season until 2022/23.

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That went to Gabriel Martinelli, who struck on 20 minutes for Arsenal in their 2-0 win at Crystal Palace. 

It was the fifth time that an Arsenal player had got the opening goal of a campaign and its timing was just ahead of the average of 22 minutes for such a goal.

Martinelli is the fourth South American to register the opening goal of a Premier League season.

He follows in the footsteps of Faustino Asprilla (Colombia) for Newcastle United in 1997/98, Carl Cort (Guyana) for Wimbledon in 1999/00 and Luis Suarez (Uruguay) for Liverpool in 2011/12. 

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PL season opening goalscorers
Season Minute Player Team Opp
1992/93 5 Deane SHU MUN
1993/94 10 Beagrie EVE SOU
1994/95 2 Campbell ARS MCI
1995/96 5 Shearer BLB QPR
Ekoku WIM BOL
Williamson WHU LEE
1996/97 4 Bjornebye LIV MID
1997/98 2 Asprilla NEW SHW
1998/99 7 Heskey LEI MUN
1999/00 10 Cort WIM WAT
2000/01 9 Venus IPS TOT
2001/02 15 Nolan BOL LEI
2002/03 4 Ricketts BOL FUL
2003/04 36 Dunn BIR TOT
2004/05 38 Cisse LIV TOT
2005/06 43  Van Nistelrooy MUN  EVE 
2006/07 46  Hulse  SHU  LIV 
2007/08  90  Chopra  SUN  TOT 
2008/09 4 Nasri ARS WBA
2009/10 28 Hunt HUL CHE
2010/11 14 Kalinic BLA EVE
2011/12 12 Suarez LIV SUN
2012/13 8 Michu SWA QPR
2013/14 37 Sturridge LIV STK
2014/15 28 Ki SWA MUN
2015/16 22 Walker (OG) MUN TOT
2016/17 45 Diomande HUL LEI
2017/18 2 Lacazette ARS LEI
2018/19 3 Pogba MUN LEI
2019/20 7 Hanley (OG) LIV NOR
2020/21 8 Lacazette ARS FUL
2021/22 22 Canos BRE ARS
2022/23 20 Martinelli ARS CRY

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