Crystal Palace vs Arsenal LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction tonight

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The Premier League returns this evening as Arsenal travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace in the opening fixture of the 2022/23 season. Mikel Arteta’s men are looking to take the next step in their progression, and finish inside the top four, after narrowly missing out to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur last season.

There is renewed optimism around the Emirates following encouraging results in pre-season and seemingly competent transfer business. They’ll be aided this term by strong new arrivals having brought in a new front man in Gabriel Jesus and the versatile Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City. Both players are familiar with Arteta who was an assistant coach under Pep Guardiola before taking the top job at Arsenal.

The Gunners were also involved in the season opener last year when they slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat at the then newly-promoted Brentford. Patrick Vieira’s Palace will be hoping to repeat that result tonight although the manager admits his team are short on numbers after a frustrating transfer window so far. Vieira impressed in his debut season with the Eagles and will want to garner some early season momentum by starting with a win.

Follow all the action from Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace and Arsenal kick off the new Premier League season:

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New-look Arsenal show exciting signs of progress with winning start at Crystal Palace

A new season, a couple of new central characters, and a suggestion that this reality show may be on track for a sturdier but no less exciting ride this campaign. A Brazilian named Gabriel did indeed open Arsenal’s Premier League account and although it may have been Martinelli who was the match-winner after finishing off a smart set-piece routine, the front line led by Jesus sparkled in this early examination of Mikel Arteta’s side.

Another recent arrival – although signed three years apart – was just as key. William Saliba made his long awaited Premier League debut and the 21-year-old was solid in defense as Crystal Palace increased the pressure and Selhurst Park rose at the hope of an equalizer late on. This was the test that had been predicted but Arsenal did not follow the script. Instead, they held firm and Marc Guehi’s own goal, deflected past Vicente Guaita from Bukayo Saka’s cross, means the Gunners are already off to a better start than last season.

A Premier League opener under the lights invariably brought back memories of Arteta’s team wilting under Brentford’s imposing pressure this time last year, memories of which have perhaps unhelpfully resurfaced following the release of All or Nothing this week, but if Crystal Palace thought they could replicate the same physical approach they were met by a different proposition this time.

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Post-match reaction from Saliba

Arsenal defender, William Saliba, made is first start for Arsenal in the Premier League tonight and came away with a victory and a clean sheet. Not to mention the man of the match award.

He spoke to Sky Sports after the game saying: “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.”

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FT Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has now won 50 league matches as Arsenal manager after 98 games in charge, making him the second-quickest manager to reach 50 top-flight wins for the Gunners after Arsene Wenger (94).

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FT Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

A decent opening game kicks off the Premier League weekend with a victory for Arsenal. Liverpool look to challenge for the title once again and they’re up in the early kick off tomorrow taking on Fulham.

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FT Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

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FT Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

Arsenal start the season with three points and another goal from a set piece.

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Full time: Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

90+3 mins: Arsenal win the first match of the 2022/23 season! They confidently picked Crystal Palace apart and scored a brilliantly worked set piece in the first half to give them the lead.

Bukayo Saka’s driving cross then led to the second goal five minutes from time to close out the game and it’s the perfect start for Mikel Arteta and the Gunners.

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Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

90 mins: Three minutes of added time to play.

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Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

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Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

88 mins: Crystal Palace were just mounting a resurgence in the game but that second goal will kill off their spirit. It’s been a confident and competent performance from Arsenal tonight.

The Gunners are going to stay at the top of the Premier League.

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