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Arsenal 5-0 Crystal Palace: Arteta’s men get back to their best

Arsenal brought a four-game winless run in all competitions to an end by easing to a 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

In the early stages of the first half, centre-back Gabriel rose above the Palace defense to head the hosts in front, giving Arsenal the lead. Before the break, the defender scored again with another far-post header, providing Mikel Arteta’s side with a two-goal cushion.

In the straightforward second half, Leandro Trossard secured a third goal for Arsenal in the 59th minute, and Gabriel Martinelli’s stoppage-time brace added to the Gunners’ lead, securing a healthy victory after their mini-break.

After suffering consecutive Premier League defeats, Arsenal recognized the significance of getting all three points in Saturday’s early kick-off against Crystal Palace.

The Gunners quickly capitalized on Crystal Palace’s five-man defense, with Declan Rice delivering an excellent corner from Arsenal’s left-hand side just ten minutes into the game.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Arteta’s substitutes got involved in the late game thrashing

Gabriel rose above Eagles defender Chris Richards, heading the ball home to give Arsenal the lead—a scenario reminiscent of previous instances this season where set pieces proved pivotal for the north London team.

In the 12th minute, Arsenal hit the woodwork from a corner on the opposite flank, as the ball deflected off Jefferson Lerma onto Dean Henderson’s crossbar.

Despite Arsenal’s dominance, Crystal Palace nearly equalized just after the half-hour mark, with Lerma’s powerful effort saved by goalkeeper David Raya following a poor clearance.

Before halftime, Arsenal doubled their lead, and Gabriel played a crucial role again. The Brazilian found space at the far post during a corner and directed his header toward goal from Bukayo Saka’s cross. The ball rebounded off Henderson and was eventually awarded as an own goal.

Early in the second half, Trossard had an opportunity to further solidify Arsenal’s lead but failed to convert after Gabriel Jesus delivered a precise cross inside the area.

Nevertheless, the same duo combined for Arsenal’s third goal before the hour mark, with Gabriel Jesus setting up Trossard, who skillfully finished after outmaneuvering Nathaniel Clyne.

In the late stages of the game, substitute Martinelli inflicted more damage on Crystal Palace, scoring two goals in stoppage time and taking Arsenal’s tally to five for the afternoon. Both of Martinelli’s goals followed a similar pattern, calmly placing the ball beyond Henderson after being released down the left flank.

Man of the Match: Gabriel – The Brazilian basically delivered a two-goal cushion for Arsenal in the first-half and was a rock defensively, making sure Arsenal got back to their best.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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