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HIGHLIGHTS : ARSENAL 5-0 CRYSTAL PALACE – Gabriel and Gabriel Martinelli showcase their brilliance as Arsenal demolish Crystal Palace with a resounding 5-0 victory, leaving the Eagles hapless in their wake.



Arsenal put an end to their winless streak with an impressive 5-0 triumph against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.


The match, which was broadcasted live on TNT Sports, showcased the Gunners’ dominance as they outplayed a struggling Crystal Palace side. Despite their recent struggles, Arsenal capitalized on their set-piece opportunities and secured a well-deserved victory.


Gabriel Magalhaes and Gabriel Martinelli showcased their prowess throughout the match, propelling Arsenal to a resounding 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.


This triumph served as a much-needed confidence boost for the Gunners, who had endured a forgettable festive period with a four-game winless streak and an FA Cup exit at the hands of Liverpool.


Sitting in fourth place prior to this match, Arsenal aimed to reignite their title charge, and this convincing win certainly set them on the right path. Despite Palace’s lackluster performance, Gabriel’s dominance in set pieces during the first half caused chaos for the opposition.


Gabriel unquestionably scored the first goal, but his second header was considered an own goal by Dean Henderson as it deflected off the goalkeeper’s head while he was on the ground. Despite his protests for a foul, they went unheard.


After the break, Leandro Trossard scored his first goal since November, securing the three points and increasing the pressure on Palace manager Roy Hodgson. In added time, substitute Gabriel Martinelli sealed the victory with two almost identical goals.


As a result, Arsenal now sits in third place, level on points with Manchester City and Aston Villa, and two points behind leaders Liverpool. Palace, on the other hand, remains in 14th place, five points above the relegation zone.




The significance of three well-executed corners cannot be overlooked, as it may prove to be a thorn in Hodgson’s side. The situation worsened for him in the dying moments of the second half.


To begin with, Arsenal showcased their prowess in set-pieces by scoring their ninth and 10th goals from corners in the Premier League this season, which is the highest in the league.


This highlighted their proficiency in this aspect of the game and earned commendation for their set-piece coach, Nicolas Jover, who frequently stood alongside Mikel Arteta in the technical area.


Rio Ferdinand, during halftime analysis, acknowledged Jover’s impact, stating, “He was recruited from Man City and he’s fulfilling his role. Their strategies implemented in Dubai are yielding positive results.”


Furthermore, any concerns about Arsenal’s vulnerability in open play were dispelled when they swiftly countered from a Palace corner, showcasing their ability to swiftly transition from defense to attack.


Interestingly, the TNT Sports cameras caught former Chelsea and Brighton manager Graham Potter observing the action at the Emirates. Is there a possibility of a change happening at Palace? Their recent record shows that they have only managed to win one out of their last 12 matches across all competitions.


Furthermore, it is worth mentioning that Palace fans expressed their dissatisfaction with the current situation by displaying banners in the 90th minute. One particular banner read, “Wasted potential on and off the pitch. Weak decisions taking us backwards.” After the match, Hodgson was seen gazing at the banner while remaining rooted to his spot in the technical area.


Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal) – The standout performer of the match, Gabriel Magalhaes showcased his defensive prowess with a clean sheet and a goal that could have easily been two. While his defensive work was commendable, it was his menacing presence in the Palace area that truly made an impact and sealed the game for Arsenal.


Player Ratings:

Arsenal: Raya 6, White 6, Saliba 7, Gabriel 9, Zinchenko 7, Rice 7, Odegaard 8, Havertz 7, Saka 8, Jesus 7, Trossard 7. Subs: Smith Rowe 6, Jorginho 6, Kiwior 6, Martinelli 9, Nketiah 7.


Crystal Palace: Henderson 4, Clyne 5, Andersen 5, Guehi 4, Mitchell 5, Richards 4, Lerma 5, Hughes 5, Schlupp 5, Eze 6, Mateta 5. Subs: Ozoh 6, Ahamada 6, Franca 6, Tomkins n/a.

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