In a nostalgic moment, Arsenal fans chanted their former captain Patrick Vieira’s name on Friday, August 5. Mikel Arteta’s team won 2-0 on the day to get their campaign off to a winning start.
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It was a continuation of Arsenal’s sensational preseason form as Gabriel Martinelli nodded home from Oleksandr Zinchenko’s headed assist.
Bukayo Saka, who had looked dangerous throughout the game, whipped in a devilish ball in the 85th minute, which Marc Guéhi turned in for an own goal. Palace had their chances as well, with Odsonne Edouard forcing Aaron Ramsdale into a save.
It ended in defeat for Vieira’s men, but the former Arsenal man will have left Selhurst Park with a hint of warmness from the reception he got from the Gunners fans.