Arsenal, Palace kick off new Premier League season

Arsenal Football Club and Crystal Palace launched the new Premier League campaign on Friday evening.

The punch previously reported that 2022/23 Premier League action resumes today with the Gunners traveling to Selhurst Park to face Palace in a London derby in their opener.

For the third consecutive season, Arsenal will start their new campaign with a London derby; the Gunners won 3-0 at Fulham behind closed doors in 2020, but Brentford failed to convince the 2-0 winners over Arteta’s side in their first-ever Premier League game last season.

Patrick Vieira’s side beat the Gunners 3-0 in this match just a few months ago, but Mikel Arteta worked to fill the gaps in his Gunners XI during a productive summer.

Taking four points from a possible six against his former club last season, Patrick Vieira slammed the Emirates turf in frustration when his side gave up two points in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal before watching his side outclass the Gunners in April.

Leading the Eagles to a 12th-place finish last season and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals, former Invincibles captain Vieira was named coach of the season, and optimism is high around Selhurst Park under the direction of the French.

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has expressed optimism that Gabriel Jesus’ experience of winning trophies regularly at Manchester City is rubbing off on his new teammates.

Jesus makes his competitive debut for the Gunners at Crystal Palace on Friday night following a summer move from City. The striker has won four Premier League titles among eight major trophies.

The Brazilian striker has joined the Gunners for more playing time as he aims to feature at the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

He whetted the appetite of Arsenal fans by scoring seven times in pre-season.

“When you bring the best players from the best clubs and they’ve had huge success over the years, there are expectations,” Arteta said in his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“The role Gabi has here is going to be very different from the role Gabi had at his old club.

“He’s an incredible talent with such an infectious mentality and he’s going to give us a lot, but it’s a team at the end of the day.”

Arteta has also signed Oleksandr Zinchenko from City, while the additions of Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos, Matt Turner and the return of William Saliba from Marseille on loan have bolstered the Arsenal squad.

Expectations of finishing in the Premier League’s top four for the first time in seven years were lifted by beatings from Chelsea and Sevilla in pre-season.

But Arteta knows those results will mean little unless his side get off to a positive start at Selhurst Park, where they lost 3-0 last season.

“We are all enthusiastic. We had the pre-season we wanted, it was well organised, we had good results, good preparation and good performances,” added the Spaniard.

“But now the ball starts rolling tomorrow night in a completely different context and against a Premier League side and we know what to expect there.”

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