Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard says the club are “really lucky” to have striker Gabriel Jesus. He’s not just about the goals, he gives us so much in the play. He drops down to combine, he’s brilliant in a lot of places in the game. “He’s amazing to play with, we’re really lucky to have him here.” Manager Mikel Arteta was also full of praise for Jesus, saying: Those individual actions (in the build-up to Arsenal’s first goal) make the difference in football and Gabi is doing that week in, week out. He didn’t score today but he was involved in the goals and his contribution to the team today was outstanding. He’s 25 years old so he can still improve his level a lot. He’s hungry enough and he’s got huge desire to get better and better and be the best that he can be, and that’s what he needs to do.
Leicester City’s poor start to the season continued as Che Adams’ brace condemned them to a 2-1 home defeat to Southampton, while Demarai Gray’s late equaliser denied Nottingham Forest another victory and eased the pressure on Frank Lampard. The Foxes went in front through a smart free kick from James Maddison curling the set piece past Gavin Banzunu at the near post, but a brace from substitute Che Adams turned the match on its head. Without the likely Chelsea-bound Wesley Fofana in the heart of their defence, Leicester looked vulnerable at the back and their failure to deal with a long throw allowed Armel Bella-Kotchap to pass back to Che Adams who sidefooted home. Adams then met a typically pin-point James Ward-Prowse cross from the right flank with a scissor-kick on the six-yard box to give the Saints their first victory of the season. Adams came close to bagging a hat-trick in injury time but his effort came off the outside of the post.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have just one point from their first three games. Forest took the lead at Goodison Park against the run of play with nine minutes remaining through Brennan Johnson after Jordan Pickford parried Ryan Yates’ long range strike, but two minutes from time Everton drew level when the England goalkeeper sent a perfect long ball over the top for Gray’s diagonal run and he coolly slotted home past Dean Henderson. Elsewhere, Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in the last minute to give Fulham victory over Brentford in a thrilling five-goal West London derby. The Cottagers were cruising through a scrappy goal in the opening minute from Bobby Reid and Joao Palhinha’s fine header from Andreas Pereira’s corner, but Christian Norgaard pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time with a fine volley from a Bees corner.
Ivan Toney had two goals ruled out before equalising from close range, turning home Yoane Wissa’s low cross, but the Fulham No. 9 had the final say when he headed home substitute Kevin Mbabu’s cross. Finally at Selhurst Park, Aston Villa took an early lead through Ollie Watkins, who latched onto a smart header from Leon Bailey, but it lasted for just two minutes before Wilfried Zaha ran half the length of the field to equalise for Crystal Palace. Zaha saw his penalty stopped by Emiliano Martinez just before the hour mark but converted the rebound to give his side the lead and then a minute after arriving on the field Jean-Phillipe turned home Tyrick Mitchell’s cross to seal victory for Patrick Vieira’s side. In the early Premier League match, Harry Kane scored the only goal as Tottenham beat Wolves. Bournemouth meet Arsenal in the late kick-off.
The clash against last season’s Championship winners kicks off at 5.30pm at Emirates Stadium, and this game has been designated as a Category C fixture (prices). The Family Enclosure Area has now sold out. Tickets are now on sale to Silver, Red, Cannon and Junior Gunner members via the Ticket Exchange service up until 2.30pm on Saturday, August 27, 2022. Please note that booking fees will apply on all ticket sales. New for the 2022/23 season, Red / Cannon Red Members who attend with a Junior Gunner will be able to purchase a ticket in the Family Enclosure during the Junior Gunner priority sale (one Red / Cannon Red Member per JG). This service is available via telephone only – please call Fan Services on 020 7619 5000. Please note, Cannon Red Members must be aged 18 or over to accompany a JG who is under 14.
Young Adult and Cannon Season Ticket Holders can utilise Ticket Transfer to transfer their ticket to someone eligible for the sale concession discount. If you are a Young Adult or a Cannon Season Ticket Holder and wish to transfer your seat to an adult, please call Fan Services to upgrade your ticket on 0207 619 5000. Seat checks will be in operation to ensure there is no abuse of the concession discount at the Emirates. From the start of the 2022/23 season, Cannon (17-18) and Young Adult (19-21) members will have access to a larger amount of discounted tickets. This discount is applied to the full ticket price and is available on all match-by-match inventory (up to a limit of 1,000 tickets per match). In order to make our Family Enclosure more appropriate for families and Senior supporters, Cannon and Young Adult members will only be able to purchase in the Family Enclosure when accompanying a Junior Gunner.