The Premier League 2022-23 season kicks off tonight with a fascinating London derby. Optimism is high in the Gunners camp as they make the short trip across the capital, looking to carry over their scintillating pre-season form that saw them win all of their first-team friendlies under Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal’s impressive summer has been boosted by decisive and early action in the transfer market, with new £45million No9 Gabriel Jesus firing seven goals during a tremendous start to his career in red and white. The Brazilian makes his competitive debut, with Oleksandr Zinchenko and William Saliba also in from the off. For Crystal Palace, Cheick Doucoure starts while Wilfried Zaha will be looking to take his inspired pre-season form into the Premier League
The Eagles took great strides under Gunners legend Patrick Vieira last term and will be confident of continuing that swift progress this season. Notoriously slow starters Arsenal will not need reminding of their 3-0 defeat in SE25 back in April, with Palace having lost only one of the last eight meetings. Follow LIVE coverage of Crystal Palace vs Arsenal below, with Simon Collings at Selhurst Park!
Ramsdale in confident mood!
Not long now…
Kick-off coming up in just over 15 minutes.
Premier League season is upon us – Arsenal to make a statement and deliver at Selhurst Park or Crystal Palace to frustrate them once again?
Arteta: Odegaard a natural leader
Mikel Arteta has been speaking ahead of kick-off, discussing his decision to make Martin Odegaard captain.
“His leadership skills is not someone who is going to be shouting and commanding, but he is a natural leader,” Arteta said.
“The way he leads the game, his profession, the belief he has in what we are doing & the values he has, they are integral across the club.
The Arsenal boss is also confident that new signings Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko will have a big impact on the squad.
He said: “We’re all excited. Obviously we signed some very important players that are bringing a different mentality. They already won a lot. They need to inspire now our young team to get to another level. That’s our aim.”
Simon Collings at Selhurst Park
Big night for Arsenal
If the cameras at Amazon were following Arsenal this pre-season as opposed to last, they would have found the mood music at the club totally different.
A year ago, Arsenal went into their opening game in chaotic fashion, with a Covid outbreak and a lack of new signings leaving them underprepared.
Brentford duly beat them 2-0 and the fallout rumbled on throughout August to the extent the Gunners finished the month with no points or goals.
The feeling around the club on the eve of this season is totally different.
Tyrick Mitchell’s pre-match thoughts
“Personally I’m feeling very confident, like the rest of the team.
“From last season to now, I feel like we’re more of a team. We know how the manager wants us to play, so we’re just building on that.
“We know that Arsenal are a dangerous team.”
Plenty of debuts!
As we expected from Arsenal. Competitive debuts for Jesus and Zinchenko, with Saliba also in from the off as White starts at right-back. Tierney is fit enough to make the bench, with Tomiyasu, Smith Rowe and Vieira missing out completely.
For Palace, Clyne gets the nod over Ward to start at right-back and Doucoure makes his debut. Zaha, Edouard and Ayew the front three trusted by Vieira.
Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard, Saka, Jesus, Martinelli
Subs: Tierney, Nketiah, Holding, Cedric, Pepe, Sambi Lokonga, Nelson, Elneny, Turner
Crystal Palace lineup
Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp, Doucoure, Eze; Ayew, Edouard, Zaha.
Subs: Johnstone, Ward, Richards, Riedewald, Milivojevic, Hughes, Ebiowei, Mateta, Plange