Arsenal’s debutants led the way to a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on the opening night of the Premier League season on Friday and coach Mikel Arteta said there could be a few more new faces before the end of the transfer window.
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“There are some things we have planned (in the transfer market), and it would be great if we could do them,” Arteta said. Sky Sports After a perfect start by him.
Gabriel Martinelli’s first-half strike and Mark Gehey’s own goal in the second half gave the visitors the three points, but the new signings played a big part in the victory.
Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus and Ukrainian defender Oleksandr Zinchenko made their debuts following close-season moves from Manchester City, with the former a constant threat.
“(Jesus brings) the fear factor — he’s always in your shoulder, the ball is bouncing, that 50-50 ball, he always has that intuition, that ability to take the ball away from you. “
“You never stand (still), instead he’s always moving. He’s always ready to act and he’s very quick, so I think it’s hard for defenders to play against him. “
Zanchenko’s forays from left back were instrumental in getting Palace back in the first half, but it was 21-year-old Willem Saliba who caught the eye with his confident defending alongside Brazilian Gabriel Magalhas.
“You need the right balance, physicality in this league is something you can’t play down, because if you do you’ll be exposed,” Arteta said before praising goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. said
Palace had a chance to equalize after the break when Wilfried Zaha opened up the Arsenal defense but Ramsdale was quick off his line to keep out Ebrechi Eze’s shot.
“That’s the flexibility we need to win football matches and see matches, and we had some moments where you needed your goalkeeper,” Arteta added.
“To be honest, they had the biggest chance in the game, one on one, and Aaron did incredibly well and it won the game for us.”
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