Arsenal lived up to expectation with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on the opening night of the Premier League season.
Gabriel Martinelli put the Gunners in front, capitalising on an electric start with a smart header on 20 minutes.
New signings Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko thrilled for an exciting Arsenal side in the first-half, backing up their perfect pre-season record.
But manager Mikel Arteta was made to sweat as the hosts came back into the game and dominated the second-half.
An Eagles equaliser looked more likely in the closing moments but the visitors doubled their lead as Marc Guehi inadvertently turned a Bukayo Saka cross into his own goal.
It left the travelling Gunners faithful chanting ‘we’re top of the league’ – which is technically true.
“They showed grit, they showed determination, and they got a valuable three points here,” Arsenal legend Martin Keown said on commentary for talkSPORT.
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