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Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace: Gunners Go Eight Points Clear At Top Of Premier League

Gabriel Martinelli also scored the first goal of this Premier League season, netting in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on 5 AugustManager Mikel Arteta challenged his Arsenal players to maintain their mindset following the international break after they beat Crystal Palace to go eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.

The Gunners have won six consecutive league games as they aim to become champions for the first time since 2003-04.

They have 10 matches left, including clashes with Liverpool, second-placed Manchester City, Chelsea and Newcastle. Their next game is against Leeds at home on 1 April.

“We can control our games. We have won six games in a row in the league, which is great,” said Arteta.

“It feels very good, especially with the way we have played and the results we have picked up.

“Now we must stop and make sure everyone comes back from the internationals with the same mindset. We have Leeds next and we put the focus there.”

Arsenal ‘desire’ delights Arteta as they punish PalaceArsenal have 69 points from 28 matches, with second-placed Manchester City, who beat Burnley 6-0 in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, on 61 points having played a game less.

The Gunners went ahead at Emirates Stadium through Gabriel Martinelli’s left-footed strike – his sixth goal in six league matches.

Bukayo Saka doubled the lead when he collected Ben White’s pass and curled an effort past 19-year-old goalkeeper Joe Whitworth.

Granit Xhaka made it 3-0 with a first-time finish from Leandro Trossard’s assist, before Jeffrey Schlupp pulled one back from close range following a corner for Palace’s first goal in five matches

But the excellent Saka restored Arsenal’s three-goal advantage with a guided finish from Kiernan Tierney’s pull-back to seal the victory.

Palace sacked manager Patrick Vieira on Friday and have now not won in 13 games in all competitions and are only three points above the relegation zone.

Arsenal v Crystal Palace – reaction & analysisGo straight to all the best Arsenal contentVisit our Crystal Palace pageArsenal back in business after European disappointmentFor Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, this was a perfect response after his side lost on penalties to Sporting Lisbon in the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday.

Once Martinelli put them ahead with his 13th goal of the season, there only looked to be one winner, with Palace powerless to stop Arsenal.

Saka’s goal, confirmed by the video assistant referee following a check for offside, made it 2-0, with Xhaka adding a third in the 55th minute.

Crystal Palace’s 19-year-old goalkeeper Joe Whitworth was playing for only the second time in the Premier LeaguePalace got a goal back, but it was no surprise that Saka soon scored again to take his total to 13 for the campaign.

Arteta will also be delighted with the character his team have shown as they have bounced back from setbacks.

This victory was their sixth in a row in the league since a 3-1 home loss to City threatened to derail their title hopes.

But they have recovered in style and go into the international break in pole position.

“The desire and the energy we put in from the beginning impressed me most,” added Arteta. “We were really determined and focused and left Thursday in the past.

“After playing 120 minutes, they have to come back here and do it again against a team with a lot of needs.

“Palace have not got the results lately but they have be very tough to beat. But we were dominant and deserved to win the game.”

Palace tamely slip to fourth successive lossPalace can take positives despite defeat – McCarthyThis was Palace’s first match since sacking ex-Arsenal captain Vieira, a move former Gunners defender Martin Keown called a “panicked decision”, with the home fans regularly singing Vieira’s name throughout Sunday’s game.

The Frenchman had been manager since July 2021 after Roy Hodgson’s departure and had won 22 of 74 games in all competitions.

But Palace last won on 31 December with a 2-0 victory at Bournemouth before a run of no wins, five draws and seven defeats saw Vieira sacked.

Hodgson, 75, has been tipped for a temporary return, while under-21s boss Paddy McCarthy took charge of the team on Sunday.

McCarthy suffered a blow before the match when central defender Joachim Andersen sustained an injury in the warm-up and had to be replaced by James Tomkins.

Wilfried Zaha hit the post in the 10th minute and had a shot saved by Aaron Ramsdale early in the second half, before Schlupp’s consolation as Palace slipped to their fourth successive league defeat.

They have almost two weeks before their next game, with a vital month coming up in April as they look to extend their 10-season top-flight spell.

But their fate still lies in their hands, so their managerial decision is going to be a vital one, with McCarthy saying he had not been spoken to on future plans.

In April they face six of their relegation rivals – Leicester, Leeds, Southampton, Everton, Wolves and West Ham – and how they get on in those matches will go a long way to deciding their future.

Player of the match

Gabriel MartinelliGabriel Martinelli

with an average of 8.89

ArsenalSquad number11Player nameGabriel Martinelli

Squad number7Player nameSaka

Squad number34Player nameXhaka

Squad number3Player nameTierney

Squad number8Player nameØdegaard

Squad number5Player namePartey

Squad number19Player nameTrossard

Squad number4Player nameWhite

Squad number6Player nameGabriel Magalhães

Squad number16Player nameHolding

Squad number1Player nameRamsdale

Squad number35Player nameZinchenko

Squad number9Player nameGabriel Jesus

Squad number10Player nameSmith Rowe

Squad number20Player nameJorginho

Squad number15Player nameKiwior

Crystal PalaceSquad number41Player nameWhitworth

Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

Squad number10Player nameEze

Squad number7Player nameOlise

Squad number22Player nameÉdouard

Squad number11Player nameZaha

Squad number6Player nameGuéhi

Squad number28Player nameDoucouré

Squad number3Player nameMitchell

Squad number29Player nameAhamada

Squad number19Player nameHughes

Squad number2Player nameWard

Squad number5Player nameTomkins

Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic

Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

Line-upsArsenalFormation 4-3-3

1Ramsdale

4White16Holding6Gabriel35Zinchenko

8Ødegaard5Partey34Xhaka

7Saka19Trossard11Martinelli

1Ramsdale4WhiteSubstituted forJorginhoat 83’minutes16Holding6GabrielSubstituted forKiwiorat 86’minutes35ZinchenkoSubstituted forTierneyat 65’minutes8Ødegaard5Partey34Xhaka7Saka19TrossardSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 65’minutes11MartinelliSubstituted forSmith Roweat 83’minutesSubstitutes3Tierney9Gabriel Jesus10Smith Rowe15Kiwior20Jorginho21Fábio Vieira24Nelson30Turner97WaltersCrystal PalaceFormation 4-2-3-1

41Whitworth

2Ward5Tomkins6Guéhi3Mitchell

4Milivojevic28Doucouré

7Olise15Schlupp11Zaha

22Édouard

41Whitworth2Ward5TomkinsBooked at 59mins6Guéhi3Mitchell4MilivojevicSubstituted forHughesat 65’minutes28Doucouré7OliseSubstituted forEzeat 82’minutes15SchluppSubstituted forAhamadaat 82’minutes11Zaha22ÉdouardSubstituted forJ Ayewat 65’minutesSubstitutes9J Ayew10Eze14Mateta17Clyne19Hughes26Richards29Ahamada44Riedewald63GoodmanReferee:Stuart Attwell

Attendance:60,247

Live TextMatch ends, Arsenal 4, Crystal Palace 1.

Second Half ends, Arsenal 4, Crystal Palace 1.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Eberechi Eze tries a through ball, but Naouirou Ahamada is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Martin Ødegaard.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Kieran Tierney (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Will Hughes (Crystal Palace).

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Tyrick Mitchell.

Attempt saved. James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.

Foul by Rob Holding (Arsenal).

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution, Arsenal. Jakub Kiwior replaces Gabriel Magalhães.

Attempt missed. Martin Ødegaard (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bukayo Saka.

Substitution, Arsenal. Emile Smith Rowe replaces Gabriel Martinelli.

Substitution, Arsenal. Jorginho replaces Ben White.

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Naouirou Ahamada replaces Jeffrey Schlupp.

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Eberechi Eze replaces Michael Olise.

Attempt blocked. Michael Olise (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Granit Xhaka (Arsenal).

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