- Palace unchanged from opening-day win at Sheffield United
- Light show and huge Selhurst welcome precedes pre-match tributes
- Martinelli effort blocked as Arsenal start brightly
- Palace match visitors as Eze tests Ramsdale from range
- Doucouré rocket flies high and wide
- Nketiah hits the post with prodded finish
- Ayew breakaway halted by Saliba before Nketiah chips over
- HT: Palace 0-0 Arsenal
- Nketiah wins early second-half penalty which Ødegaard converts
- Ayew lashes wide as Palace mount immediate response
- Arsenal dial up the pressure but Palace hold firm
- Tomiyasu sent off for visitors for two quickfire yellows
- Eze has penalty appeal turned down
- Edouard heads wide late on
- FT: Palace 0-1 Arsenal
Roy Hodgson kept faith with the same side which performed so impressively in the 1-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane the previous week, an unchanged starting XI giving Jeffrey Schlupp his 200th appearance in Palace colours.
New club captain Joel Ward had said in the build-up to the game that he knew exactly what the Selhurst Park faithful could “create” – and on the occasion of Palace’s first home game of 2023/24, it was something quite spectacular.
Electrifying light shows, bright displays and a wall of noise greeted the players’ entrance to the Selhurst turf – a welcome return home from the red and blue army.
This was followed by an immaculately-observed minute’s applause for those who sadly could not be there to witness it: former manager Trevor Francis, who passed away recently aged 69, and former Millwall chairman and owner John Berylson, who died in July at 70.
Once the match kicked off, the roars returned from the Selhurst Park faithful, 85 days since their last taste of Premier League football in SE25.
Having mounted an impressive campaign last year, however, it was the visitors who started with the greater intent, Gabriel Martinelli’s dancing feet requiring sharp defending from Ward to close down a shooting opportunity inside the opening minute.
But buoyed by their tremendous support, Palace more than matched their opponents for intensity, Ebere Eze testing Aaron Ramsdale’s reflexes from range with a rising effort from 30 yards which – unfortunately – ended up at a comfortable enough height for the sprawling ‘keeper.