• Jesus and Zinchenko bolster squad after summer moves
  • Arsenal head into opener at Crystal Palace with optimism

Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal are “ready to go to a different level” this season, suggesting the arrivals of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City will add a winning edge to a side that finished fifth in 2021-22.

Arsenal are looking for a return to Champions League football at the sixth time of asking and begin their campaign on Friday at Selhurst Park, where Crystal Palace have made their lives distinctly uncomfortable in recent years. They come off the back of an uncommonly serene pre-season in which the starting XI has been noticeably strengthened and no sagas surrounding key players have occupied the narrative. Although they fell agonisingly short of the top four last season after a late slump, Arteta senses they are poised to go one better amid a crowded field of contenders.

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