Arsenal defeats Crystal Palace five goals to move into third place

Arsenal defeats Crystal Palace five goals to move into third place
Arsenal defeats Crystal Palace five goals to move into third place

Arsenal‘s 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon propelled them into third place in the Premier League standings.

Gabriel’s strike in the eleventh minute gave the Gunners the lead, which they doubled in the second half thanks to an own goal by Dean Henderson.

After a brace from Gabriel Martinelli in the closing minutes, Leandro Trossard made it three in the 59th minute. Mikel Arteta’s team moved up to third place, two points behind leaders Liverpool, surpassing Aston Villa.

Arsenal defeats Crystal Palace five goals to move into third place

Arsenal came into the game coming off three straight losses across all competitions, but in North London, they showed to be far too powerful for a dismal Palace team.

In the seventh minute of the game, Gabriel Jesus got a half-chance when the ball broke for him inside the Palace area, but the Brazil international’s shot kept going over the crossbar.

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Nevertheless, Gabriel headed a corner from Declan Rice into the net from within the area to give Arsenal the lead in the eleventh minute.

In the fourteenth minute, Jefferson Lerma’s header from a set piece nearly put the Gunners up again, but this time, Palace was saved by the woodwork.

It was all Arsenal, and in the twenty-first minute, Palace defender Chris Richards made a great save to deny another chance when Bukayo Saka sent a dangerous low cross towards Jesus.

After a poor punt by Gunners goalkeeper David Raya, Lerma attempted a goal-scoring move for Palace in the 33rd minute, but the Spaniard was able to make a stop to maintain the score at one.

However, in the 37th minute, Gabriel turned a corner from Saka onto the far post, where the ball bounced off Henderson and into the net, giving Arsenal a two goal edge.

Ben White’s push into the English goalie gave Palace the impression that their keeper had committed a foul, but a VAR check determined that the goal was Henderson’s own.

At the Emirates Stadium, Palace had a challenging first forty-five minutes as Raya easily denied goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and Lerma late in the first half.

Early in the second half, Rice put Henderson to the test with a strike. Eberechi Eze then attempted a long-range shot down the other end of the field, but Raya stopped it.

In the fiftieth minute, Saka found Trossard with a deft ball inside the box, giving Arsenal another opportunity, but the attacker was unable to make proper touch on his effort.

Arsenal defeats Crystal Palace five goals to move into third place

The Gunners kept posing a threat to the Palace goal, and shortly before the hour, Gabriel Jesus threw himself to the ground inside the area, giving the hosts a penalty claim that was correctly waved away.

In the 59th minute, Trossard—who had been found by Gabriel Jesus—finished into the goal after another quick counterattack, giving Arsenal their third goal.

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Saka missed the crossbar for Palace in the 75th minute as the home team attempted to score more goals. Richards gave the Eagles a half-chance late in the game, but his header went over the crossbar.

Following a pass from Eddie Nketiah, Martinelli headed the ball into the bottom corner for Arsenal’s fourth goal in the dying seconds. The Brazilian then scored again shortly before the final siren, capping a terrible afternoon for the visitors.

Arsenal’s next match is on January 30 away against Nottingham Forest, while Palace will be bidding to bounce back when they host Sheffield United on the same night.

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