Arsenal’s debutants paved the best way for a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on the opening evening of the Premier League season on Friday and coach Mikel Arteta stated there may be some extra new faces coming in earlier than the top of the switch window.
“There are some things we’ve got deliberate [in the transfer market], and if we will do them it will be nice,” Arteta advised Sky Sports activities after his facet acquired off to the right begin.
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Gabriel Martinelli’s first-half strike and a second-half personal aim by Marc Guehi gave the guests the three factors however the brand new signings performed a giant half within the victory.
Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus and Ukraine defender Oleksandr Zinchenko made their debuts after arriving from Manchester Metropolis within the shut season, with the previous a continuing risk.
“[Jesus brings] the concern issue — he’s at all times in your shoulder, the ball is bouncing, that 50-50 ball, he at all times has that instinct, that capability to get the ball off you,” Arteta stated.
“You are by no means standing [still], as a substitute he is at all times on the transfer. He is at all times able to act and he is so sharp, so I feel for the defenders is tough to play in opposition to him.”
Arteta later added in his press convention that he believes his facet now possesses a vital factor missing from the group final season.
“Final 12 months the deficiency we had within the ultimate third, it wasn’t ok,” he stated. “On a state of affairs that we created, the place these conditions completed it was nowhere close to ok and close to the highest groups and we’ve got to enhance that. Nonetheless we’ve got to try this higher. However you’re feeling the risk within the ultimate third that one thing goes to occur and that we create concern to the opponents.”
Zinchenko’s raids from left again had been instrumental in pinning Palace again within the first half, nevertheless it was the 21-year-old William Saliba who caught the attention together with his sure-footed defending in tandem with Brazilian Gabriel Magalhaes.
“You want the fitting stability, the physicality on this league is one thing that you simply can’t come up brief on, as a result of for those who do you are going to be uncovered,” Arteta stated earlier than including some reward for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Palace had an opportunity to equalise after the break when Wilfried Zaha sliced open the Arsenal defence however Ramsdale was off his line shortly to dam Eberechi Eze’s shot.
“That is the resilience that we have to win soccer matches and to see matches by way of, and we had some moments the place you want your goalkeeper,” added Arteta.
“To be trustworthy, that they had the largest likelihood within the sport, that one-against-one, and Aaron did extremely properly and he received the sport for us.”