Friday 5 August 2022

Palace 0-1 Arsenal (half-time)

The opening day of the season hasn't disappointed so far, with Arsenal dominating the early exchanges and going ahead from a set piece.

Zinchenko's looping header from a right-wing corner was nodded home by Martinelli to give the Gunners a first-half lead.

The only other chance of significance for Arsenal fell to Martinelli earlier in the game, but the Brazilian screwed his shot wide.

Half-time ratings:
Ramsdale 7 - Made a good save to keep out Edouard, after a couple of poor clearances.

White 8 - Zaha is in his pocket so far.

Saliba 8 - Good blocks when needed and looking comfortable so far.

Gabriel 8 - Strong performance.

Zinchenko 8 - A couple of early mistakes followed by an assist and some intelligent play.

Saka 7 - Worked hard defensively.

Odegaard 7 - Busy as always.

Partey 9 - Majestic and influential.

Xhaka 6 - Picked up a silly yellow card for a dive, but didn't offer much aside from a good block just before half time.

Martinelli 8 - A real handful and a goal.

Gabriel 7 - Being marked tightly, but making an impact here and there: dragging players out of position for the first goal and setting up Martinelli for the first chance of the game.

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