Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal: Premier League Season Begins – As It Happened | Eredivisie

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Nick Ames has already submitted his match report, so I’ll leave it at that. Thank you for your business; see you tomorrow for more football. It’s back!

‘Not bad for an opening match’ says Mary Waltz. “Both sides had their moments, the match was decided in the 85th minute. Fairly tense.”

Agreed. It wasn’t quite Sheffield Wednesday 2-3 Big Ron’s Aston Villa but it was off to a good start. Arsenal were impressive, especially in defence. Many good teams will not win at Selhurst Park this season.

Full-time: Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

Arsenal start the Premier League season with a solid victory over Selhurst Park. Gabriel Martinelli’s header in the 20th minute was a deserved reward for a blistering start that saw Gabriel Jesus turn heads. Arsenal had to work much harder in the second half – another debutant, the centre-back William Saliba, was superb – before Marc Guehi’s late own goal gave them a two-goal. They look nice, pretty good.

Full time and it's three points for Mikel Arteta's Arsenal side.
Full time and it’s three points for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side. Photo: Ian Walton/AP

90+3 minutes Arsenal have replaced Martin Odegaard with Albert Sambi.

90 minutes Three minutes of extra time. The second goal knocked the stuffing out of Palace.

87 minutes Saka’s shot hits Guehi and goes behind. Palace made a double sub – Will Hughes and Malcolm Ebiowei for Eze and someone else I think.

So much for Arsenal to settle for 1-0. They worked the ball nicely from side to side, with Saka running on the back kicking Mitchell just inside the area. He slid the ball onto his right foot and hammered in a cross that was headed into his own net by Guehi near the nearest post. It was a very difficult ball to defend.

GOAL! Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal (Guehi own goal 85)

It’s all over now!

Marc Guehi heads into his own net to secure points for Arsenal.
Marc Guehi heads into his own net to secure points for Arsenal. Photo: Paul Childs/Action Images/Reuters

84 minutes “I think the most blatant mispronunciation of a footballer’s name was De Bruyne from Martin Tyler on FIFA17,” said Jon Tattersall. “I almost took the game back to get my money back.”

83 minutes Double substitution at Arsenal: Kieran Tierney and Eddie Nketiah for the two debutants, Zinchenko and Jesus. Both were impressive.

82 minutes Eze goes right on the edge of the Arsenal area. Zaha collects the loose ball, goes to the byline and clearly shows a cut.

81 minutes A fierce cross from Zaha, Palace’s best player, flashes through the Arsenal area. Clyne picks it up on the other side and puts it back in the middle. Xhaka heads clearly.

81 minutes Arsenal look like they’ve settled for 1-0, and quite frankly they defend quite comfortably. Saliba and Gabriel look really solid in the center of their defense.

William Saliba was outstanding during his Premier League debut for Arsenal.
William Saliba was outstanding during his Premier League debut for Arsenal. Photo: Adam Davy/PA

80 minutes “No, Xhaka is the most mispronounced name in the Premier League,” said Per Horfelt. “He is of Albanian descent and there it is pronounced ‘Jaka’. Ask my wife, she is Albanian.”

79 minutes Eze’s free kick is headed down by Andersen and cleared by Gabriel.

76 minutes “Everything can change and everything is possible,” said Yash Gupta, “but as expected, this Arsenal team does not look threatening.”

That’s a bit hard, though they’ve certainly faded since that blistering start.

75 minutes Another palace change. Luka Milivojevic replaces the tiresome Doucoure in midfield.

74 minutes Doucoure has cramps. allowing all other players to have a drink.

73 minutes “Roberto Firmino by an absolute land mile,” says my colleague John Windmill, answering Joe Johnson’s question after 68 minutes. “Firminho or even Firminio. Drives me (and by extension my wife) up the wall.”

72 minutes Zaha cuts in from the left and allows a shot to be blocked by White.

72 minutes Here’s that chance for Eze at the start of the second half. Zaha’s pass, a sudden thrust from the dagger, was glorious.

71 minutes Andersen played some majestic passes tonight, especially on Zaha on the left.

70 minutes White plays a great pass inside Mitchell to find saka. He pulls into the area but Mitchell recovers well and eventually Saka shoots high and wide from a very tight angle.

A balmy evening in South London.
A balmy evening in South London. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

68 minutes “Hello Rob,” Joe Johnson says. “The beginning of a new season, the mind limber, longing for stimulation. Reliably informed by a Norwegian friend that Ødegaard should be pronounced ‘Erdegord’. I wonder: which Premier League footballer is most blatantly mispronounced?”

I have no idea, but I’m reminded of when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a shot on target for Manchester United, and the (usually) great ITV commentator Brian Moore shouted “Shoals!” What made it even more impressive is that Paul Scholes was not on the field at the time.

66 minutes Schlupp catches a loose ball, shoots into the area and allows a shot to be blocked by Partey. If Arsenal don’t win this match, they will be complaining about a somewhat passive performance in the second half.

64 min For half an hour it looked like Arsenal would walk away with this; since then it’s been a very even game. Meanwhile, Clyne is shown a yellow card for a foul on Martinelli.

62 minutes A Palace corner leads to a fight in the area, with Ramsdale saving a shaft from his own player Gabriel. It wouldn’t have counted because Anthony Taylor had failed at one thing or another.

60 minutes White is shown a yellow card for a foul on the increasingly influential Zaha.

Ben White goes into the book.
Ben White goes into the book. Photo: Micah Crook/Shutterstock

59 min: Opportunity for Odegaard! Jesus steals the ball from the lingering Guehi and storms into space on the right. He arranges it to Odegaard just inside the area, but Odegaard inexplicably tries to find Martinelli when he should go for the goal himself. The ball deflects to Jesus in an offside position and Andersen’s shot is blocked. Jesus’ shot would not have counted; Odegaard’s, if only he’d had one.

58 minutes The first of many, many, many, many substitutions in this Premier League season: Jean-Philippe Mateta replaces the disappointing Odsonne Edouard up front for Palace.

56 minutes Odegaard swings it over the wall and a few feet wide from the nearest post. Quite an effort.

55 minutes Mitchell fouls Saka 22 yards from goal, quite a way to the right of center. Odegaard might be interested…

53 minutes Zaha’s cross hits White and bends on his arm. No punishment. Zaha takes the ball, defeats White in the area and is emphatically tackled by Saliba. He makes an excellent debut. And Zaha, after a slow start, is looking good.

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