Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Arsenal Move Eight Points Clear After Win Over Crystal Palace

Arsenal go eight points clear at the top of the Premier League as Bukayo Saka‘s brace inspired a 4-1 rout of Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring in the first half at the Emirates Stadium to put the leaders on course for a sixth successive league victory.

It was redemption for Martinelli, whose missed penalty condemned Arsenal to Europa League last 16 defeat in their shoot-out against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday.

Mikel Arteta‘s side needed just 45 minutes against struggling Palace to erase the bitter taste of that loss.

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.

 

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