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Crystal Palace vs Arsenal - LIVE!

Arsenal got their Premier League season off to a winning start as they battled to a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Confidence was high for the Gunners going into the opening night of the campaign, with a squad buoyed by a number of strong signings and an impressive run of pre-season victories. There was more of that form on show against Palace, as the visitors took a first-half lead through Gabriel Martinelli’s header and threatened to overrun Patrick Vieira’s side.

The inevitable response came from Palace but Arsenal held firm in front of a typically boisterous crowd in south London, ensuring there was no repeat of last season’s opening day woes against Brentford, and the three points were sealed late on as Marc Guehi headed a dangerous cross from Bukayo Saka into his own net to ensure the Gunners, and particularly their fans, could enjoy the final five minutes.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal latest news

  • GOAL! Guehi heads into own net

  • SAVE! Eze denied by Ramsdale

  • GOAL! Martinelli heads Gunners in front

  • MISS! Martinelli wastes huge early opportunity

Crystal Palace FC 0 - 2 Arsenal FC

Saliba and Jesus inspire Arsenal on opening night

23:23 , Matt Verri

When Arsenal came to Selhurst Park in April, they crumbled and their season lurched towards a crisis, writes Simon Collings.

This time, however, they held firm and departed south London with their campaign getting off to a solid start that will have undoubtedly pleased Mikel Arteta.

There has been plenty of hype around Arsenal during pre-season, partly because they won all of their friendlies, but also due to the fact their transfer business was done early.

Often Arsenal have got to this stage still waiting on new arrivals, however the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko got through the door quickly this summer and it has paid off.

Both of them had good debuts here at Selhurst, although they were upstaged by the third debutant, William Saliba.

Read Simon Collings’ full analysis

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Neville: Saliba reminded me of Ferdinand

22:58 , Matt Verri

Gary Neville led the praise of William Saliba after the Frenchman’s accomplished and overdue Arsenal debut.

After an impressive pre-season campaign that followed his latest promising loan spell at Marseille, the central defender finally made his competitive Gunners bow against Crystal Palace on Friday night - a full three years after first joining the club from Saint-Etienne for £27million.

Saliba was simply imperious as Arsenal carried over their strong summer momentum into opening night in the Premier League, providing a number of crucial tackles and blocks while also repeatedly demonstrating his ability and composure in possession.

“I think the most important thing for young players is just to play. He’s got football inside him, I was massively impressed by him. He reminded me of a young Rio Ferdinand,” Neville said.

Read the full story!

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Arteta hints at further signings

22:46 , Matt Verri

Mikel Arteta has confirmed the club are looking to make further signings this summer.

“We are going to try, there are a few things we have planned,” Arteta said.

“If we can do them it would be great, but now it’s work with the players we have, we are in the middle of the season already.

“The focus should be with the players that we have to get the best out of them.”

Read the full story!

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Two sides to Arsenal

22:26 , Matt Verri

More possession for Palace, same amount of shots and shots on target.

Will Arsenal care? Unlikely.

They showed their free-flowing side in the first-half, and then a resolute nature that they needed after the break as Palace pushed for an equaliser.

Arteta will certainly be satisfied with what he saw.

Serious debut!

22:16 , Matt Verri

Saliba’s post-match thoughts

22:10 , Matt Verri

“We knew it would be hard here but we were strong and solid. I’ve waited a long time to make my debut and I’m happy to start with a clean sheet and a win. It’s important for confidence.”

Milestone for Arteta

22:04 , Matt Verri

Player ratings!

22:00 , Matt Verri

Ben White 6

Had a real battle with Wilfried Zaha, who ran at him all game and troubled White with his pace. Managed to hold his own but got booked for his troubles.

William Saliba 9 | Star player

Arsenal’s best player and a brilliant debut from the Frenchman. Made a couple of huge tackles and blocks, and looked so composed on the ball.

Gabriel 6

Made some good clearances, but looked a little shaky compared to his usual performances. Will need to improve next week against Leicester.

Read the full Arsenal ratings here!

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How Gunners wrapped things up...

21:54 , Matt Verri

FT: Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

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Arsenal get their Premier League season up and running with victory!

Martinelli sent them on their way, though there were plenty of nervy moments after that.

Victory was sealed late on, as Guehi headed into his own net. Perfect start for Arteta’s men!

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21:50 , Matt Verri

90+2 mins: Lokonga on for the final few seconds.

Will be impressed if he manages to touch the ball before the final whistle is blown...

21:48 , Matt Verri

90 mins: Match has been killed off by that goal, Palace’s charge ended. Arsenal fans now serenading Vieira, not sure that will lift his mood.

There will be three minutes of added time.

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87 mins: Arsenal full of confidence again now, Saka onto his right foot and his shot is deflected behind for a corner.

Guaita off his line to claim, doesn’t dampen the mood of the Arsenal fans. ‘We are top of the league’ is the chant.

GOAL! Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal | Marc Guehi (OG) 85'

21:42 , Matt Verri

Nketiah wide to Saka, who can drive into the box.

He fires the ball acros goal... AND INTO THE FAR CORNER! It flies off Guehi’s head and Guaita can do nothing.

That will be that!

21:40 , Matt Verri

83 mins: Arteta turns to his bench for the first time.

Zinchenho’s night is done, Tierney on to replace him at left-back. Nketiah also coming on, Jesus strolls off.

21:38 , Matt Verri

81 mins: Arsenal can’t get a kick at the moment. They’re not particularly trying to get one happy, content to just sit back in a solid shape.

Ayew goes down in the box under a challenge from Xhaka, won’t get a penalty for that. Clyne’s cross is cleared away, but Arsenal have everyone back. Can’t get out.

21:36 , Matt Verri

78 mins: Partey with a bit of a hack on Zaha, that will be a free-kick.

Again Eze floats it in, looking for Andersen. Again Arsenal are up to the task though, heading it out. Ball will swiftly be coming back though.

21:34 , Matt Verri

76 mins: Milivojevic replaces Doucoure, his Palace debut is done.

Ball swung into the Arsenal box - Palace want a penalty. It’s a free-kick the other way instead, Gabriel got a bit of a shove from Mateta.

21:31 , Matt Verri

73 mins: Doucoure down with cramp, chance for both managers to call their players over for some instructions.

Arsenal will be glad to have this break, they’ve been under real pressure for much of this half.

21:29 , Matt Verri

72 mins: Saliba too quick for Mateta, been a really confident display from the young centre-back so far.

Ball played back to Ramsdale, who at this stage of the match has wisely decided against any clever passes. Taking no chances with the ball at his feet.

21:26 , Matt Verri

69 mins: Still no changes from Arteta - Nketiah, Pepe and Tierney among the options available to him.

Jesus holds the ball up for the Gunners, Andersen goes through him... or does he? No, once again the referee waves play on. This time Arsenal do get a free-kick and they can slow things down.

21:24 , Matt Verri

66 mins: White needs to be careful again Zaha, now he’s on a yellow card. No surprise that Palace are going down their left at every opportunity.

Saka now with a clumsy challenge on Zaha - Arsenal struggling to get out.

Simon Collings at Selhurst Park

21:22 , Matt Verri

It’s all getting a bit frantic, a bit end-to-end. Feels like a game for Nketiah to come on and press Palace. He could get some joy.

21:19 , Matt Verri

62 mins: Corner Palace and it’s absolute chaos in the Arsenal box!

Andersen heads it back into a mass of bodies, Gabriel tries to clear but ends up shanking it at his own goal and Ramsdale has to reacr quickly.

Not to worry though, Arsenal fans. Whistle goes, Gabriel was fouled.

21:17 , Matt Verri

60 mins: HAS TO SCORE!

Jesus so strong, shrugs Guehi off the ball and he’s away. Cuts the ball back to Odegaard, who for some reason opts not to shoot. Madness - there on a plate for him to score but tries to slide it across to Martinelli. Rolls back to Jesus, who shoots but he’s offside.

Up the other end of the pitch, White fouls Zaha who has beaten him. Yellow card.

21:15 , Matt Verri

58 mins: First change of the Premier League season - Mateta on for Edouard.

Reminder that teams get five subs now, so we can expect plenty of changes in the half an hour or so remaining.

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56 mins: Mitchell shoves Saka over just outside the box, free-kick Arsenal. Great angle for a left-footer, Odegaard standing over it. Maybe slightly too wide for a shot.

Odegaard does go for goal, whipped wide. Plenty of pace on it, decent effort.

Simon Collings at Selhurst Park

21:12 , Matt Verri

Big 10 minutes coming up for Arsenal now. Palace have started this half how they ended the first and the Gunners need to weather the storm.

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53 mins: Zaha into the box as he skips past White, low cross bounces up onto White’s arm. No penalty there.

Comes back to the Palace winger, but Saliba flies into a challenge to clear the danger. Brilliant defending.

21:09 , Matt Verri

52 mins: That’s a lovely move though, as Saka runs at Mitchell. Played into the box, Martinelli lays it off to Odegaard. His shot is deflected behind.

Palace clear and break quickly with Ayew, ball played through to Eze... MASSIVE SAVE!

Eze had to score, clean through on goal but Ramsdale denies him.

21:07 , Matt Verri

50 mins: Clyne skips past Martinelli and he’s then fouled as he looks to play the ball over the top to Ayew.

Arsenal yet to get going since the restart, Palace not giving them any time.

21:04 , Matt Verri

47 mins: It is a quick start from Palace, causing Arsenal problems with simple balls over the top. Ayew runs onto it, swings the cross in. Saliba flicks it away, hits White - appeals for handball waved away.

Palace stay on the attack, Schlupp tries his luck from distance. Deflected behind for a corner.

Back underway!

21:02 , Matt Verri

Up and running again, after a brief interview from Patrick Vieira.

Wants his side to start this half as they finished the first - time to find out if they do just that!

21:01 , Matt Verri

Players back out for the second-half at Selhurst Park.

Been a really good watch so far, bit of animosity between the two sides too which the referee has allowed with a few strong challenges.

Great first 45 minutes of the season!

Can Arsenal keep it up?

20:57 , Matt Verri

Strong start from the Gunners, but they dropped off towards the end of the half.

Arteta will be keen for his side to find the levels that they produced in the first 35 minutes - Jesus in particular looks sensational whenever he gets the ball.

Watch: Martinelli scores first goal of the season

20:52 , Matt Verri

HT: Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

20:47 , Matt Verri

And that’s half-time at Selhurst Park, as the corner comes to nothing.

Arsenal lead through Martinelli’s header, you’d have to say it’s a deserved lead too. The Gunners were utterly dominant in the early stages, but Palace have definitely grown into it.

Entertaining first 45 minutes.

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20:47 , Matt Verri

45+1 mins: One minute added on.

Palace finishing strongly. Edouard bundles his way into the box, shot blocked. Corner Palace.

20:45 , Matt Verri

44 mins: Anthony Taylor trying to let as much go as possible. Eze cuts across Xhaka, goes down expecting a free-kick. Doesn’t get it.

This time it’s Xhaka going down, dreadful dive. Gets a deserved yellow card. Good to see that being punished.

20:42 , Matt Verri

41 mins: Challenges flying in now, which suits Palace. Not much flow to the match.

Schlupp wants a foul in midfield, referee hadn’t finished waving his appeals away when White then went through Zaha. This time Palace do get the decision.

GREAT SAVE! Free-kick floated in, Andersen nods the ball back across goal and Edouard should score from eight yards out. Ramsdale brilliantly keeps it out.

20:40 , Matt Verri

39 mins: Saka clips Zaha’s heels, that’s a free-kick. Palace man squares up to Saka - might be the first man in history to have done that.

Up come the Palace centre-backs for this. Eze clips it in, Gabriel heads away.

20:38 , Matt Verri

37 mins: Lovely flick from Odegaard sets Saka away. Ball eventually played low into the Palace box, Andersen just about does enough to defend it as he loses his balance.

Nearly fell for Xhaka, Clyne is there though to hammer the ball up the pitch.

20:36 , Matt Verri

35 mins: Ball drops in the Arsenal box, catches Gabriel’s hand. He didn’t have a clue where the ball was. Brief VAR check but play quickly carries on, no penalty for that.

Partey drives forward, brought down by Ayew. Midfielder wants a yellow card for Ayew - no love between the Ghana team-mates!

20:34 , Matt Verri

33 mins: Arsenal break, Xhaka fires a pass into Jesus and he lays it off to Odegaard.

He should really go for goal, takes too long. Falls for Jesus, tries to combine with Saka but there’s no space for them - the Brazilian ends up conceding a free-kick.

Simon Collings at Selhurst Park

20:31 , Matt Verri

Perhaps the only poor element of Arsenal’s performance has been Ramsdale’s distribution. That’s twice he’s almost been caught. He needs to be careful.

20:31 , Matt Verri

30 mins: Ramsdale looking very shaky all of a sudden. Takes his time again, Edouard closes him down and the goalkeeper very nearly gets caught on it.

Passes it out to Gabriel, who has seen enough. Boots it out of play.

20:29 , Matt Verri

29 mins: Wow, that was almost disastrous for Arsenal. Under no pressure, Ramsdale tries to drill a pass out but it doesn’t get off the ground and cannons off Edouard.

Could have gone anywhere - luckily it flies to Gabriel.

20:27 , Matt Verri

27 mins: Jesus and Saka both with dangerous runs, so bright when they run with it. Zinchenko floats a cross in, headed behind for an Arsenal corner. What have they got planned for this one?

Martinelli whips it in, Guaita off his line and punches away.

20:25 , Matt Verri

25 mins: Zaha with space to run at White. Opts for an early cross instead, Edouard can’t get there as Saliba clears the danger.

Ayew stays down after challenging in the air with Odegaard - not going to get the decision, no matter how much he moans.

20:23 , Matt Verri

22 mins: This has been a sensational start from Jesus. Takes the ball with his back to goal, it’s a wonderful turn and he’s into the box. Just closed down as he went to shoot, but he still slips away from a couple of challenges.

Partey clips the ball back in, Jesus throws himself at it but fouls Andersen in the process.

Simon Collings at Selhurst Park

20:22 , Matt Verri

That was a slick corner routine from Arsenal and a clever ploy. Who would’ve thought Zinchenko was the target with big men like Gabriel and Saliba lurking. Set-piece Nico Jover will be delighted.

GOAL! Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal | Gabriel Martinelli 20'

20:20 , Matt Verri

MARTINELLI DOESN’T MISS THIS TIME!

Arsenal take a deserved lead. Corner whipped in deep, Zinchenko completely free. He nods it back into the six-yard box, Martinelli is there to head home from close range.

Clever set-piece and the Gunners are in front.

Simon Collings at Selhurst Park

20:19 , Matt Verri

Palace have improved a bit since that opening five minutes, when Arsenal were on top. If they are going to get joy it looks like it’ll be down the left, with Zaha having White for pace.

20:19 , Matt Verri

18 mins: One good, one bad. Ayew tries to follow Doucoure’s lead, but it’s a poor challenge on Martinelli. Free-kick given.

Just before that, Jesus had made a brilliant run in behind but Xhaka opted not to play the pass.

20:16 , Matt Verri

15 mins: Doucoure flies into a challenge on Odegaard, got enough of the ball though as he also sent the Arsenal captain flying.

A tackle his manager would have been proud of.

20:14 , Matt Verri

13 mins: Anything you can do...

White knocks the ball past Zaha, falls over and wins a cheap free-kick for his side. Strong from Edouard though as Partey gets caught on the ball - does well to hold off the Arsenal midfielder who was just trying to foul him.

20:11 , Matt Verri

11 mins: Zaha has his first chance to run at White, the Arsenal man does well though and wins the ball back.

Arsenal working so hard out of possession, Palace getting no time when in possession.

20:09 , Matt Verri

8 mins: Good save from Guaita.

Arsenal fly forward again, Xhaka drives into the box and lays it off to Zinchenko - his shot takes a deflection and is parried out.

Gunners stay on the attack, Partey then has an effort blocked.

Simon Collings at Selhurst Park

20:07 , Matt Verri

We’ve said it in pre-season but this Arsenal attack looks completely different with Jesus leading. They have so much more drive and energy. Promising signs.

20:06 , Matt Verri

6 mins: Arsenal completely on top, pinning Palace back. Xhaka and Jesus very nearly combine in the box, but the Brazilian is just about crowded out.

Martinelli floating around the pitch - he should have scored but he’s been impressive so far.

20:04 , Matt Verri

4 mins: WHAT A MISS!

How are Arsenal not ahead? Sensational from Jesus, who just went gliding past the Palace challenges.

Into the box, shot pocked at goal. Blocked, falls perfectly into the path of Martinelli who somehow shanks his effort wide from six yards out.

20:03 , Matt Verri

3 mins: Palace having all of the early possession. As expected, not much space out there for either side in the opening seconds.

Arsenal go on the attack for the first time, passing the ball around confidently. White is then chopped down, free-kick taken quickly. Odegaard can’t quite play Saka in.

KICK-OFF!

20:00 , Matt Verri

We are underway at Selhurst Park!

19:59 , Matt Verri

Odegaard goes for a handshake with the first Palace mascot, who holds firm in his desire for a first bump. Horror start to life as Arsenal captain for Odegaard.

That awkwardness is out of the way - time for kick-off!

Here we go!

19:56 , Matt Verri

Glorious evening in south London, perfect conditions for the Premier League season to get up and running.

Players are out onto the pitch - brilliant atmosphere at Selhurst Park as you’d expect.

New-look side...

19:51 , Matt Verri

Doucoure the only exciting new name for Palace in the starting XI, with Johnstone fit enough to make the bench.

That’s in contrast to Arsenal - only three players tonight were also in the starting lineup a year ago when the Gunners travelled to face Brentford.

Nearly time to find out if a different team brings a different result!

Ramsdale in confident mood!

19:46 , Matt Verri

Not long now...

19:44 , Matt Verri

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

19:35 , Matt Verri

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.”

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Simon Collings at Selhurst Park

19:29 , Matt Verri

Big night for Arsenal

19:24 , Matt Verri

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.

Read Simon Collings’ match preview here!

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Tyrick Mitchell’s pre-match thoughts

19:15 , Matt Verri

“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.”

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Plenty of debuts!

19:09 , Matt Verri

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 lineup

19:03 , Matt Verri

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

19:01 , Matt Verri

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp, Doucoure, Eze; Ayew, Edouard, Zaha.

Subs: Johnstone, Ward, Richards, Riedewald, Milivojevic, Hughes, Ebiowei, Mateta, Plange

Arsenal in the building!

18:56 , Matt Verri

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Benteke move confirmed

18:53 , Matt Verri

Palace have now confirmed that Christian Benteke has left the club, joining DC United.

Chairman Steve Parish said: “He’s someone I’ve enjoyed a great relationship with and he’s shown incredible loyalty staying with the club when he could easily have taken other options. We all wish him all the very best with the next stage of his career.”

Team news from those still at Selhurt Park, and at Arsenal, coming up in just over five minutes!

New Arsenal skipper

18:45 , Matt Verri

Another Arsenal player who will be starting tonight is Martin Odegaard.

He’s the club’s new captain - the 23-year-old took the armband on a number of occasions after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped last season, but it’s official now.

Gunners debut incoming...

18:39 , Matt Verri

Second campaign for Vieira

18:34 , Matt Verri

When the two managers take their respective dugouts at Selhurst Park tonight, it will not only be Mikel Arteta able to reflect on how different things looked a year ago.

While the Spaniard began the campaign with question marks over his future that would only intensify ten-fold after three straight defeats, Patrick Vieira’s appointment as Roy Hodgson’s successor brought similar doubts over his suitability for the job.

The moment of peak scrutiny came before a ball was kicked, amid fears the Frenchman might prove another Frank de Boer, but while there were green shoots there in the draws with Brentford and West Ham that followed an opening day defeat by Chelsea, it was only after the hammering of Tottenham in early September that the Vieira revolution began to get full buy-in.

Read more on that!

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Kicking the season off again

18:26 , Matt Verri

Not the first time Arsenal have been involved in the opening match of the Premier League season, travelling to face another London side.

That’s exactly what happened a year ago. The Gunners got the season up and running with a trip to newly promoted Brentford and were beaten 2-0.

Mikel Arteta’s side has plenty of problems going into the match - no such excuses this year.

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Arteta defends Saliba loan spells

18:18 , Matt Verri

Mikel Arteta has praised William Saliba for his pre-season form and believes Arsenal were right to loan the defender out last year.

Saliba joined Arsenal in the summer of 2019 from Saint-Etienne for around £28million and although he is still yet to make his competitive debut, the Frenchman is likely to start tonight.

“I am really happy in how he’s adapted,” said Arteta. “Obviously it’s always something that you have to see, spending a year away from here in a completely different league.

“But playing the amount of minutes that he played and the way you could see he was growing and developing, he gave us a lot of reasons that he could be the player that we need.”

Read the full story!

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Benteke on the move

18:10 , Matt Verri

One man who won’t be involved for Crystal Palace tonight is Christian Benteke.

It’s reported that he will be joining DC United, after the MLS side reached an agreement with Palace just before their transfer window closes.

Six years on from joining the Eagles, Benteke has played his last match for the club.

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Mood is high in the Arsenal camp...

18:01 , Matt Verri

It has been an excellent pre-season for Arsenal, who won all five of their friendlies.

New signings have settled well and the Gunners look sharp and fresh. There is optimism among fans and those inside the club that they could finish in the top four.

The pressure is now on Mikel Arteta to finally deliver that Champions League return, while ignoring the inevitable distractions provided by the release of Amazon Prime Video’s new fly-on-the-wall All or Nothing documentary series.

Simon Collings makes his predictions and looks ahead to the Gunners’ expectations for the new season.

Read that right here!

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Palace players in nice and early!

17:54 , Matt Verri

Prediction

17:48 , Matt Verri

It would usually be wise to urge caution when it comes to being too optimistic regarding Arsenal’s early season prospects, with those predictions generally tending to backfire in a hurry.

However, it is impossible to deny that the Gunners looked quite a force to be reckoned with during the summer, with the front four of Jesus, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and new captain Martin Odegaard appearing absolutely electric at times.

Their lethal combination of eye-catching interplay and relentless high pressing quickly overwhelmed Sevilla in a 6-0 Emirates Cup demolition last weekend, piling further expectation onto Arteta’s men to get their Premier League campaign off to a similarly flying start.

Palace away under Vieira is certainly not an easy game to open with, though a hard-fought away victory should be on the cards.

Arsenal to win, 2-0.

Arsenal team news

17:41 , Matt Verri

For Arsenal, Emile Smith Rowe is set to remain out with a groin issue, while full-backs Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu have also been nursing injuries across pre-season, though Arteta hoped they might be able to train yesterday.

Ditto new signing Fabio Vieira, who is yet to feature for his new club due to a foot problem.

Other than that, Arsenal have a clean bill of health and Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and William Saliba should all make their competitive debuts against Palace.

Predicted Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

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Crystal Palace team news

17:32 , Matt Verri

Crystal Palace will be missing a key player in Michael Olise for tonight’s Premier League opener against Arsenal at Selhurst Park.

Olise was one of the stars of Patrick Vieira’s first season in charge of the Eagles following his arrival from Championship side Reading 12 months ago.

However, he has not featured during pre-season because of a foot injury suffered while on international duty with the France Under-21s at the end of last term.

Vieira will also have to make do without experienced duo James McArthur and James Tomkins for the visit of his former side, with the former missing because of a groin problem and Tomkins out with a calf issue.

Predicted Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp, Doucoure, Eze; Ayew, Edouard, Zaha.

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How to watch Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

17:25 , Matt Verri

TV channel: Tonight’s game will be televised live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage beginning at 7pm.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via the Sky Go app.

Live blog: You can follow all the action right here with us!

Good evening!

17:18 , Matt Verri

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Crystal Palace vs Arsenal - the Premier League season is here!

The top-flight action gets underway for the 2022/23 season as Mikel Arteta’s side look to carry their strong pre-season form into the serious business, though Patrick Vieira will be planning to spoil the mood at his former club.

We’ll have all the latest build-up, team news and updates ahead of kick-off, which comes at 8pm from Selhurst Park. Simon Collings will be there providing expert analysis for us.

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