Mikel Arteta lauded Arsenal’s battle of their season-opening 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace however admitted far more was required from his attackers.
The Gunners walked away with all three factors at Selhurst Park due to a first-half Gabriel Martinelli header and a late Marc Guehi personal aim.
Arsenal dominated the opening exchanges however the Eagles challenged Arteta’s aspect after the restart because the guests did not create second-half possibilities in Gabriel Jesus’ aggressive debut.
“We need to be more ruthless in front of goal,” Arteta mentioned.
“We had a situation to finish them better, even in the second half, but that’s something that has to come. We haven’t scored a lot of goals, we lacked that real edge.”
Still, the Gunners boss was happy together with his squad’s general effort, a marked enchancment over their 2-0 loss to Brentford in the beginning of final season.
Martinelli almost put Arsenal on the scoresheet early within the first half when the ball landed at his ft the sting of the six-yard field, however the Brazilian’s effort sailed nicely broad throughout the face of aim.
Redemption adopted after he rose highest to nod within the opener in entrance of a crowded aim within the twentieth minute.
Some anticipated this to be Jesus’ begin beneath the highlight nevertheless it was fellow debutant William Saliba who shone brightest in an excellent flip on the again, irritating try after try by the Eagles to create alternatives.
William Saliba slides to deal with Wilfried Zaha (Adam Davy/PA)
“You don’t really see that,” mentioned his impressed boss.
“At 21 years old in the Premier League, against these physical players and resolve the situation the way he’s done it, with that composure, that calmness and that presence. Big credit to the boy.”
The recreation was determined when Bukayo Saka’s Eighty fifth-minute cross related with the pinnacle of the unlucky Guehi.
Arteta was finally delighted to stroll away winners beneath the intimidating Friday night time lights at Selhurst Park, trying a really completely different aspect to the one who fell to the Eagles 3-0 of their final assembly in South London.
“I’m really pleased,” he added. “Three points and a clean sheet against a really difficult opponent and a really tough place when they have the people going, and as we expected we were going to have tough periods during the match.
“You don’t win here without resilience. We experienced that last season, we started in a really different way than we did last season when we were here.
“It’s building that mentality and finding a way to go through those moments, maintain clean sheets in this league, is going to be vital to our success so hopefully that will breed some confidence as well in the team.
Patrick Vieira saw his side beaten (Adam Davy/PA)
Eagles boss Patrick Vieira, meanwhile, rued the one that got away.
The hosts’ best chance came through Eberechi Eze, who found himself in a one-on-one after receiving a pinpoint pass from Wilfried Zaha but scuffed his effort.
“Today I think the biggest difference is we didn’t take that chance or those chances we created to at least get a point tonight,” Vieira mentioned.
“We had some really good momentum at times but the story of the game is that we didn’t score that goal to get back into the game. That is what the frustration is about today.”
Earlier this week the Palace boss admitted he was “short of numbers” and noticed gaps everywhere in the pitch.
Whether or not options come from the switch window or inside, he mentioned, comes right down to the coffers – which may have been boosted by Christian Benteke’s exit to DC United simply earlier than Friday’s recreation.
“We’re always looking to improve the team,” Vieira added. “If we find the right players with the right budget we will try to do it.
“If not there are players here who will grow during the season, players who are prepared to work hard for the club, and we have to keep challenging those players.”