Mikel Arteta hails opening day win as William Saliba opens up on debut delight
Arsenal defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 on Friday night to get off to the best possible Premier League start.
The Gunners started their season in fine fashion at Selhurst Park thanks to a first-half header from Gabriel Martinelli and a late own goal from Marc Guehi. The club is attempting to break their multi-year exile from the Champions League this season after failing to finish in the top four previous year.
The focus now is on getting ready for the encounter against Leicester City next weekend after William Saliba, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Gabriel Jesus all made impressive debuts. Here is the most recent commentary from the Emirates following Arsenal’s victory on the first day.
Arteta hails opening day win
After Arsenal stood their ground to defeat Crystal Palace and earn all three points, Arteta sang their praises.
Martinelli’s close-range header gave the Gunners a comfortable lead at the half after a strong first half performance. But before a late own goal clinched the victory, Arsenal had to endure a storm in the second half.
After the game, Arteta was not slow to praise the character of his team. “You need to suffer here to win,” he added. “We’ve done it, and that’s part of the mentality we want to establish, to come here and win.”
Saliba opens up on debut delight
When Saliba finally made his long-awaited Arsenal debut against the Eagles, he was unable to contain his excitement.
Since joining the Gunners in the summer of 2019, the young French defender has spent the most of his time on loan at the team. However, the 21-year-old put on an incredible performance during Friday night’s 2-0 victory to stake his future claim to a regular first-team berth.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time, and I’m so thrilled to start my first game with a win and a clean sheet,” Saliba said after the game to Sky Sports. You always have to give your all, and it was good. It’s never easy. It’s the opening game, so success will boost the team’s confidence and help the season get off to a good start.
Arteta spells out Arsenal transfer stance
In an effort to bring Champions League soccer back to the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners have shelled out again this summer. However, Arteta said following Friday night’s victory over Palace that Arsenal is not yet done shopping.
Recent weeks have seen a number of players, notably Lucas Paqueta and Youri Tielemans, linked to Arsenal.