Patrick Vieira hosts former side as Gabriel Jesus set to make competitive Gunners debut in Premier League opener – team news, kick-off time and how to follow August 1, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Arsenal will kickstart the new Premier League season with a London derby once again as they travel to Crystal Palace live on talkSPORT!

The Gunners will be keen to avoid a repeat of their antics on the opening day of last campaign when they suffered a humiliating defeat to Brentford.

A Friday night London derby will once again open the new Premier League season

That result was followed by another two defeats to cap a miserable start to the season but there is renewed optimism under Mikel Arteta this time around.

Arsenal’s new stars Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko have hit the ground running and the club boasted a perfect record in pre-season.

However, Palace will prove their biggest test to see how far they’ve come, with the Eagles having lost just one of their last eight Premier League meetings with Arsenal.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal: talkSPORT commentary

The opening match of the 2022/23 Premier League season will take place on Friday, August 5.

talkSPORT will have live and exclusive coverage of the game at Selhurst Park which is scheduled to kick off at 8pm.

Adrian Durham will be your presenter while commentary will come from Sam Matterface and former England striker Dean Ashton.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Jesus looks to be on fine form already in the red of Arsenal


Jesus looks to be on fine form already in the red of Arsenal

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal: Team news

Patrick Vieira is struggling with a goalkeeping problem ahead of the visit of his former side following Jack Butland’s broken hand.

Sam Johnstone is closing in on a return from a thigh injury but if he fails to make the squad then veteran Vicente Guaita is expected to start.

Arsenal meanwhile have been without the same quartet of Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Fabio Vieira and Emile Smith Rowe for weeks.

But Arteta remained positive about their health following the 6-0 win over Sevilla, saying: “They’ll have to go through what they need to this week and then hopefully we’ll have them available.

“They are lacking minutes but we’ll have to build that up like any other injury that we get during the season.”

The Gunners are running riot at the Emirates


The Gunners are running riot at the Emirates

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal: What has been said?

Eberechi Eze, who bagged an audacious assist in Palace’s 4-2 win over Montpellier, urged his side to replicate that performance on Friday.

“I haven’t seen it back yet,” he said post-match to Palace TV.

“It was fun today, we played well and that’s the type of performance we need to put in for the game on Friday, which is the important one.

“It’s been fun, playing in [centre] midfield. I played there a few times and it’s where you can get on the ball, play and get touches on the ball. That’s what I want to do.”

Wilfried Zaha has been in fine pre-season form for Palace


Wilfried Zaha has been in fine pre-season form for Palace

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal: Match facts

  • Gabriel Magalhães is the only current Arsenal player to have scored for the club in their opening game of a Premier League campaign, netting on his debut at Fulham in 2020-21.
  • Gabriel Jesus could make his Premier League debut for Arsenal in this game – the Gunners have had more different Brazilian goalscorers than any other side in the competition (11). Meanwhile, the former Man City man has been involved in seven goals in his last seven league games (6 goals, 1 assist).
  • None of Arsenal’s last 17 Premier League games has ended level (W11 L6). It’s the longest ongoing run without a draw in the competition among the 20 current sides, while only once have the Gunners had a longer such run (25 between January and October 2018).
  • Crystal Palace ended the 2021-22 Premier League campaign unbeaten in six home games (W3 D3), while keeping a clean sheet in each of the last five. The Eagles last had a longer unbeaten home run in the top-flight between March-August 1992, while they’ve never kept six consecutive home clean sheets in the top division.
  • Arsenal have had more players sent off in their opening game of a Premier League campaign than any other side (6), most recently Laurent Koscielny against Aston Villa in 2013-14. Crystal Palace have had just one such red card, though this did come against Arsenal on the opening day of the 2014-15 campaign.
  • Arsenal have lost their opening Premier League match in five of their last nine seasons (W4) after losing their first match in just one of their 19 campaigns prior to this run; the Gunners lost 2-0 to Brentford last term.
  • Crystal Palace have won their opening top-flight league match in only five of their previous 22 seasons (D7 L10), although they have won two of their last four (D1 L1), beating Fulham in 2018-19 and Southampton in 2020-21.
  • Crystal Palace v Arsenal will be the fifth time in top-flight history the season has kicked off on a Friday night, with the home side winning on each of the previous four occasions – Arsenal 4-3 Leicester in 2017-18, Man Utd 2-1 Leicester in 2018-19, Liverpool 4-1 Norwich in 2019-20 and Brentford 2-0 Arsenal last season.
  • This is the third consecutive season Arsenal are starting their Premier League campaign with a London derby. They won 3-0 at Fulham in 2020-21, before losing 2-0 at Brentford in 2021-22’s season opener.
  • Crystal Palace have lost just one of their last eight Premier League meetings with Arsenal (W2 D5). Following a 3-0 win in April, the Eagles are looking to win consecutive league games against the Gunners for the first time in their history.

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