Five Arsenal players pushing to start against Crystal Palace after pre-season impression

Gabriel Martinelli

Martinelli scored in the win over Orlando but has plenty of competition for a starting spot. The Brazilian has been a regular starter in 2022 but has netted just twice in his last 22 competitive appearances for the Gunners.

Doubts over Emile Smith Rowe’s fitness could provide Martinelli an opportunity. But new boy Fabio Vieira may also be challenging for that one spot.

Eddie Nketiah

Nketiah also scored against Orlando and after the match Arteta said he would like to give him more minutes in a strike partnership with Jesus. Nketiah finished last season strongly with five goals in his last seven Premier League appearances.

The 23-year-old signed a new contract earlier this summer to end speculation over his future. He will be determined to be a key player for the Gunners this term.

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