Arsenal’s expected line up vs Crystal Palace – including Jesus and Zinchenko

For the first time in years there's palpable excitement around Arsenal heading into the new season.

Mikel Arteta's side have been uncharacteristically efficient in the transfer market, swooping quickly and quietly for their targets, and paying smart money for them too.

Last season might have ended painfully, but few expected the Gunners to even get close to the top four, and after adding goals, experience, depth and defensive solidity to their squad over the past few weeks, there's genuine belief that their Champions League exile has only one more year left to run.

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They kick-off their Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this evening, and fans around the country will be on tenterhooks to see just how Arteta's budding new-look side will line up.

Here's what we at Daily Star Sport reckon he'll go with: (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Aaron Ramsdale

With Bernd Leno sealing a move to Fulham this week, Ramsdale's place in the line up is pretty much untouchable, if it wasn't already. Matt Turner has arrived from New England Revolution but won't do anything other than deputise for the time being.

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Defence: Benjamin White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, Oleksandr Zinchenko

Zinchenko will get his first of what we presume will be many games at left back this evening, given Kieran Tierney's injury record, while White will be shunted out to the right to accommodate for Saliba, who has arguably been Arsenal's best player in pre-season. Gabriel will keep his place following a strong campaign.

Midfield: Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Martin Odegaard

Partey and Xhaka will start at the base of Arteta's midfield, with newly-appointed skipper Odegaard operating in the space in front of them. It's a little too early for summer signing Fabio Vieira to start, but we wouldn't be surprised to see either him or Emile Smith-Rowe (or both – you can make five subs now!) from the bench in the second half.

Attack: Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli

Jesus will be unleashed for the first time, and given how hot he was in pre-season, would anyone be surprised to see him break his Arsenal duck tonight? Saka and Martinelli were irreplaceable last season, so expect to see this front three plenty of times over the next nine months – though youngsters Eddie Nketiah and Marquinhos will definitely get chances eventually – it's going to be one long season.


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