The Gunners continued their winning start to the 2023-24 Premier League season by winning 1-0 at Selhurst Park. Arsenal had to finish the game with 10 players. This is a good win, although Arsenal could have played better. Let’s dive into the details.
Arsenal 23-24 Match 2: Arsenal Defended Quite Well
Despite the fact that the performance could have been better, there are a number of positives to take from this game. One of them is Arsenal’s defending. The Gunners defended quite well in this match, even when they were down to 10 men.
Arsenal limited Crystal Palace to only three shots on target in the entire match. This is excellent and Arsenal’s defenders rarely allowed Palace attackers to get any good goal-scoring opportunities. Ramsdale did play well, but he didn’t have too much to do against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this time.
The absence of Gabriel Magalhaes from Arsenal’s starting lineup is surprising. Gabriel should start in Arsenal’s defense for all Premier League matches. Still, the Gunners did well in largely shutting down Palace’s attack.
The Gunners Won the Midfield Battle
Another positive from this match is the performance of Arsenal’s midfielders. Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard helped Arsenal win the midfield battle and enjoy 54% possession in this game. Odegaard is unlucky not to have an assist in this game, but he scored the match-winning penalty.
Rice continues to impress in Arsenal’s midfield. He had 68 touches and completed 90% of his passes. Additionally, Rice helped Arsenal defend against Palace during the final 20 minutes of the game. Rice’s performance earns him Man of the Match this week.
Eddie Nketiah Won a Crucial Penalty
Arsenal’s attack wasn’t at its best this time. However, Eddie Nketiah deserves praise for his work rate and winning the match-winning penalty. He also nearly scored, as well. Nketiah ensured that Arsenal’s attack did have an impact on the game, although the attack overall was disappointing this time.
Arsenal 23-24 Match 2: 7.5/10 Manager Rating for Arteta
Arteta set up the team up fairly well this time. Partey at right-back is not a good idea, though, and leaving Gabriel Magalhaes on the bench was a mistake. Arteta will learn how to utilize the new players in the team soon enough. However, he receives a 7.5/10 manager rating for this win against Palace.
The Gunners Return Home to Play Fulham
Arsenal next hosts Fulham at the Emirates. The Gunners play very well at home, so they should win again. It is a good bet that Arsenal will pick up all three points against Fulham.
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