Arsenal thrash Palace to open 8-point Prem lead


Premier League leaders Arsenal opened up an eight-point hole on second-placed Manchester Metropolis with a 4-1 win over manager-less Crystal Palace on the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Palace sacked supervisor Patrick Vieira on Thursday after a 12-match winless run, and interim boss Paddy McCarthy couldn’t finish their poor type as Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka scored within the first half earlier than Granit Xhaka furthered Mikel Arteta’s aspect’s lead early within the second. Palace did not capitalise on Jeffrey Schlupp’s 63rd-minute aim and Saka scored once more to ensure of victory late on.

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Martinelli opened the scoring on 28 minutes after he was discovered by Saka’s looking out go. The Brazil worldwide evaded Joel Ward and despatched an effort into the far nook, past Joe Whitworth.

Saka’s help meant the 21-year-old grew to become the primary Premier League participant to hit double figures in each objectives and assists this season.

He doubled the league leaders’ benefit on 43 minutes with a easy end into the underside nook after being performed in down the best by Ben White.

Xhaka’s aim 10 minutes after half-time was Arsenal’s thirteenth of their final 4 league matches. Leandro Trossard, who supplied a hat trick of assists in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Fulham final week, was supplier once more as he slipped by Xhaka to bundle in on the close to publish.

Schlupp threw Palace a lifeline on 63 minutes as he pressured the ball residence after Arsenal did not cope with a nook, however the away aspect did not mount a comeback as they slumped to their fourth straight defeat.

Arteta’s aspect made certain there was no manner again for Palace as Saka fired residence first-time from Kieran Tierney‘s cross to attain his twelfth league aim of the season within the 74th minute.

Palace stay twelfth within the Premier League desk however are simply 4 factors forward of backside aspect Southampton.

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