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Arsenal fans chant ‘we’re top of the league’ as Gabriel Martinelli and Marc Guehi score against their side Crystal Palace on the Premier League season opener


Arsenal lived up to expectations with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on the opening night of the Premier League season.

Gabriel Martinelli put the Gunners in front, capitalizing on an electric start with a clever header in the 20th minute.

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Martinelli scored the opener

Arsenal fans chant ‘we’re top of the league’ as Gabriel Martinelli and Marc Guehi score against their side Crystal Palace on the Premier League season opener

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Saka was the catalyst for the second goal

New signings Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko thrilled with an exciting Arsenal side in the first half, confirming their perfect pre-season record.

But manager Mikel Arteta was made to sweat as the hosts came back into the game and dominated the second half.

An Eagles equalizer looked more likely in the dying moments but the visitors doubled their lead as Marc Guehi inadvertently turned a Bukayo Saka cross into his own.

It left the Gunners’ traveling faithful chanting ‘we’re top of the league’ – which is technically true.

“It was very encouraging,” Arsenal legend Martin Keown said in commentary for talkSPORT.

“Arsenal started the game incredibly well, all of their passing and movement was very smooth.

Arsenal fans chant ‘we’re top of the league’ as Gabriel Martinelli and Marc Guehi score against their side Crystal Palace on the Premier League season opener

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Jesus was central to all of Arsenal’s good work in the first half


“Then all of a sudden it changed. Credit to Palace, in the second half, Arsenal were hanging on and it was worrying.

“They weren’t getting up and pressing but then they scored a lucky goal, it was a lucky deflection.

“Palace will probably think they should have learned something from this game, but from Arsenal’s perspective it was promising.

“They showed courage, determination and they have three very valuable points here.”

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