After 75 days of pleasure and anticipation, we in spite of everything go back to Premier League motion after we kick off the marketing campaign with a Friday night time capital conflict at Crystal Palace.
After a fruitful summer time for us that has noticed 5 new faces throughout the door, six pleasant wins and 26 targets netted, the eyes of the sector can be centered upon us and Patrick Vieira’s facet to peer how the primary event of the season is going.
Having been crushed 3-0 through Palace again in April, we’ll be hoping that our pre-season momentum will assist spring a unique outcome to start out our 38-game marketing campaign in the very best means, however realize it’ll be a difficult check with the Eagles dropping simply considered one of our closing 8 conferences.
The summer time in SE25
Vieira has persevered to conform an aging squad through bringing in early life, similar to £17.5 million Mali midfielder Cheick Doucoure [above] who goals to plug a big Connor Gallagher-shaped hollow. The remainder of their recruits apparently glance to be about construction intensity, with American defender Chris Richards getting back from Bayern Munich, teen Malcolm Ebiowei plucked from cash-strapped Derby County, and previous England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone snapped up on a loose.
Palace’s pre-season effects haven’t been dangerous, in spite of numerous their superstar names lacking their excursion of Singapore and Australia after failing access necessities. A mix of first-team and academy gamers weren’t discredited in defeats to Liverpool and Manchester United, earlier than drawing towards Leeds United.
In the meantime, the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke and Ebereche Eze stayed house and secured 3 wins towards EFL golf equipment, earlier than everybody got here in combination once more closing weekend to overcome Montpellier 4-2 at Selhurst.
What the managers say:
Arteta on Palace: “They confirmed closing season how difficult they’re, how tricky they’re to overcome and the way constant they had been at house as neatly, particularly towards the large groups after they were given some nice effects.
“That they had that outcome towards us and expectantly, we learnt a large number of courses that day, particularly the half-hour we had the place we had been nowhere close to the criteria that we would have liked and we paid the cost for it.”
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Vieira on us: “That they had truly excellent video games right through the pre-season. I believe they’re in a greater position than closing 12 months. The brand new gamers they’ve introduced in, they’re much more potent. They have got the squad to problem and be nearer to the name.
“We all know that it’s going to be difficult however I consider that we’ve got the equipment to make it tricky for them, to make it difficult for them. Ultimate 12 months at house with the strengthen we had we had some truly excellent fits, and it’ll be vital to stay it that means.”
Arteta is hoping that he could possibly name upon the products and services of a few of his injured quartet of gamers, together with Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Emile Smith Rowe and new signing Fabio Vieira – pay attention extra from the boss on their most likely involvement.
William Saliba may well be in line for his debut, whilst the similar may well be mentioned for Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Palace will for sure be lacking Michael Olise (foot) and James McArthur (groin), whilst in addition they handiest have Guaita to name upon between the sticks as new signing Johnstone is suffering with a thigh drawback, in addition to Jack Butland.
Veteran defender James Tomkins could also be prone to omit out with a calf factor.
Info and stats
Following their win in April, the Eagles want to win consecutive league video games towards us for the primary time of their historical past.
Palace ended the closing marketing campaign unbeaten in six house league video games (W3 D3), maintaining a blank sheet in each and every of the closing 5. They closing had an extended unbeaten house run within the top-flight between March – August 1992, whilst they’ve by no means stored six consecutive house blank sheets within the peak department.
None of our closing 17 Premier League video games has resulted in a draw (W11 L6) – handiest as soon as have we had an extended run (25 between January and October 2018).
That is the 3rd consecutive season we’re beginning our Premier League marketing campaign with a London derby, successful 3-0 at Fulham in 2020/21, earlier than dropping 2-0 at Brentford.
Palace have received their opening top-flight league event in handiest 5 in their earlier 22 seasons, even if they’ve received two in their closing 4.
This would be the 5th time in top-flight historical past the season has kicked off on a Friday night time, with the house facet successful on each and every of the former 4 events, together with our 4-3 win towards Leicester Town in 2017/18.
Gabriel Jesus has been all for seven targets in his closing seven league video games (6 targets, 1 help). He may prolong our document of getting probably the most Brazilian goalscorers in Premier League historical past, which recently stands at 11 gamers.
The person within the heart for our opening sport is Anthony Taylor, who’s taking rate folks for the primary time since our 2-0 win towards Leicester Town in March. He proved to be a excellent omen for us closing time period, as we received all 3 video games he oversaw.
Now we have received 24 of the 41 fits of ours he has officiated stretching again to the 2010/11 season, together with our closing win at Selhurst Park again in Might 2021.
- Referee – Anthony Taylor
- Assistant Referee 1 – Gary Beswick
- Assistant Referee 2 – Adam Nunn
- Fourth Authentic – Peter Bankes
- Video Assistant Referee – Darren England
- Further Video Assistant Referee – James Mainwaring
Fresh journeys to Selhurst Park
Selhurst hasn’t been a in particular satisfied looking floor for us during the last few years, with only one win yielded from our closing 4 visits – that used to be a 3-1 win in Might 2021 when injury-time moves from Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli claimed all 3 issues.
Ultimate season’s 3-0 defeat noticed Jean-Philippe Mateta, Jordan Ayew and Zaha all get at the scoresheet, with Ayew additionally netting in a 1-1 downside in January 2020, cancelling out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early opener in a sport the place the Gabon world used to be additionally pushed aside.
The Breakdown Are living
A brand new season method a brand new Breakdown Are living, which now begins an hour earlier than kick-off. Nick Brilliant and Adrian Clarke can be offering are living research from our emblem new studio at Emirates Stadium, whilst Frimmy grabs the perspectives of our supporters from Selhurst Park.
When it’s kick-off time, we’ll give up to Dan Roebuck and Josh James to supply remark on all of the motion, with half-time and post-match protection following.
All this crucial viewing for any Gooner begins at 7pm BST, and can also be noticed survive Arsenal.com and the legit app.
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