Arsenal showcased a dominant performance, securing a resounding 5-0 win over Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. The victory moves Arsenal within two points of Premier League leaders Liverpool. The Gunners put their recent goal-scoring concerns to rest in a match where set-pieces played a pivotal role.
In the first half, Gabriel headed home a corner to open the scoring, and he later forced an own goal from Palace goalkeeper Dean Henderson in another set-piece situation. Leandro Trossard, capitalizing on a counter-attack from a Palace corner, extended Arsenal’s lead after the break.
The game concluded with Gabriel Martinelli scoring twice in stoppage time, adding a sensational gloss to the scoreline. The win propels Mikel Arteta’s side to third place, overtaking Aston Villa. However, the victory came at a cost as both Gabriel and Declan Rice sustained injuries in the second half.
Palace, on the other hand, faced a disappointing defeat, extending their winless streak to one win in the last 12 matches. Fans expressed frustration with banners criticizing the team’s performance and decision-making.
Arsenal’s set-piece proficiency was a highlight, emphasizing the impact of their set-piece coach Nicolas Jover. The team’s ability to capitalize on corners proved crucial, with the goals coming from strategic plays. The result raises questions about Palace manager Roy Hodgson’s future, as the team struggles to find form.
- Gabriel’s first-half header and Henderson’s own goal showcased Arsenal’s set-piece prowess.
- Trossard’s goal from a counter-attack highlighted Arsenal’s effectiveness on the break.
- Gabriel Martinelli’s late brace sealed a comprehensive victory.
- Fans displayed banners expressing dissatisfaction with Palace’s current state.
Despite the convincing win, concerns linger for Arsenal with injuries to key players. The team’s focus now shifts to maintaining momentum and addressing their defensive vulnerabilities as they continue their pursuit of the Premier League title.