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No surprises in the two XIs. Cheick Doucoure is the only summer signing to start for Palace, while Arsenal include Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus. Their defense includes another debutant: William Saliba, the France international who excelled on loan at Marseille last season.

Crystal Palace (possible 4-3-3) Guaita; Clyne, Guehi, Andersen, Mitchell; Schlupp, Doucoure, Eze; Ayew, Edward, Zaha.
Replacements: Johnstone, Ward, Milivojevic, Mateta, Hughes, Ebiowei, Richards, Riedewald, Plange.

Arsenal (possible 4-2-3-1) Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Jesus.
Replacements: Turner, Tierney, Holding, Cedric, Lokonga, Elneny, Nketiah, Pepe, Nelson.

Arbitrator Anthony Taylor.

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Christian Benteke joins Wayne Rooney’s DC United in MLS, ending a mixed 10-year spell in English football. Sometimes he was a joke, at others he was spectacularly good.

Preamble

The good thing about dogs is that they are always happy to see you. Even if you go out to post a letter and come back two minutes later, you’ll be greeted as if you’ve been away since 2017.

A similar thing happens every time a new football season starts. We all do a big jig of excitement to celebrate the fact that football is BACK, even though it’s really gone. This year we’ve had the Nations League in June and the Euros in July, not to mention a gazillion widely covered pre-season friendlies and 482,195 transfer exclusives. No matter. Faithful old football loving dogs that we are, we will always start wagging our tails before the first game of the season. Wag wag wag.

It will be a unique season – the first, and possibly the last, to have a World Cup for a winter break. A night game at Selhurst Park, which pound for pound produces the best atmosphere in the Premier League, is a good place to start.

Crystal Palace against Arsenal are 12th to 5th in the parlance of 2021-22, although both teams – like everyone else on the opening weekend, before the incisors of reality got to work – are looking to the high. Palace have realistic ambitions of finishing in the first half, which would be only their second since the miracle season of 1990-91, while Arsenal are imagining their chances of finishing in the top four for the first time since the lucky , innocent, is-not-the-world-a-reasonably-pleasant-place in the spring of 2016.

Palace went unnoticed this summer. They’ve made some interesting and relatively low-key signings, including Cheick Doucoure, but the main talking point has been how they’re going to fare without a player who wasn’t theirs in the first place: Conor Gallagher, who is back to Chelsea after a brilliant loan spell. On the plus side, the excellent Eberechi Eze is back after missing most of 2021-22.

Arsenal’s transfer activity has been universally praised. Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko have been good enough to play hundreds of games for England’s top team, while Fabio Vieira has star potential.

For rich and poor alike, Arsenal has been all about potential under Mikel Arteta. There is no more exciting young team in England, perhaps in Europe. Now they want to prove that you can win something with children. A fourth place trophy would do the trick to start with.

To start up 8 p.m.




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