Arsenal’s Hard-Fought Victory Against Crystal Palace: Match Recap and Highlights

2023-08-21 21:07:12

After a minute, the face of this London derby was already clear: Arsenal attacking and creating, Crystal Palace in low block, looking for counter opportunities. Long without an answer to this lock, Mikel Arteta’s men relied on a penalty obtained by Eddie Nketiah and transformed by Martin Odegaard (54th) to win in pain (1-0), Monday at Selhurst Park . After 30 minutes in numerical inferiority, following the exclusion of Takehiro Tomiyasu.

In this tricky scheme, Arsenal scared themselves by losing dangerous balls. Aaron Ramsdale had to work hard to catch a shot from Eberechi Eze (17th). Then the Frenchman Odsonne Édouard was unable to head back a good cross from Tyrick Mitchell (86th), at the height of a one-sided end to the match, after the two yellow cards received by Tomiyasu (60th and 67th, to save time then draw the shirt).

But that was about it for Crystal Palace. All remaining opportunities were for Arsenal. Unhappy for a long time, finding the left post of Sam Johnstone (29th) then the clouds of London on a huge opportunity (36th), Nketiah went for a penalty by touching the ball – on a hook – just before being mowed down by Johnstone. Quietly, Odegaard took the English goalkeeper on the wrong foot (1-0, 54th). Just enough to bring back three points from Crystal’s trap. Three teams have won their first two matches in the Championship: Arsenal, Brighton and Manchester City.

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