It’s finally time for the new season to kick off and Arsenal will travel to Selhurst Park to kick things off, so let’s take a look at the expected line-up.
The Gunners had an up-and-down campaign last time out, but ultimately finished outside the top four. It was a commendable squad with plenty of young talent and 2022/23 promises to be even more exciting.
With the departure of Bernd Leno, Aaron Ramsdale became the new no. 1 and looks to continue his excellent debut season. In terms of defenders, we should see Ben White on the right wing and newcomer Alex Zinchenko on the left.
The fans are feeling some excitement about the new player in the center back department. William Saliba is finally set to make his debut for the club after being sidelined in 2019. signed a contract with the club in the summer. The Frenchman will be accompanied by Gabriel.
The usual duo of Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka will start in the center of the midfield. The duo will be crucial in holding the position and the last time Arsenal faced Crystal Palace, the centre-back conceded too many chances.
New club captain Martin Odegaard will be the creative fulcrum and will start as an attacking midfielder. His ability to drop back and help out on defense gives them a lot more flexibility and that can be useful in finding balance.
The north Londoners will have the young and exciting Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli on the wings. These two have the ability to change a game instantly and the duo will look to do so against the Palace defence.
And up front is this summer’s big money signing Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City. Not having a clinical striker was a big problem for Arsenal last year and the Brazilian’s arrival should change that. There is a long way to go before the end of the season and Arteta will be hoping his players can start on the right foot.
Arsenal predicted line-up against Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1):
Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel, Alex Zinchenko, Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Jesus