Leader of the championship with five points ahead of Manchester City, Arsenal received Crystal Palace as part of the 28th day of the Premier League. This reception from the Eagles not only allowed Mikel Arteta’s men not only to get ahead of the Skyblues but also to end a black series against his opponent in the afternoon, whom he had no longer beaten. at home since January 2018. The Spaniard lined up his usual 4-2-3-1, guided by captain Odegaard, while interim Paddy McCarthy offered an attacking trio Olise-Edouard-Zaha.
If they had not scored since mid-February in the league, the Eagles offered themselves the first big opportunity of the meeting thanks to Wilfried Zaha, who found the post of Ramsdale (11th). Finally, the Gunners punished the other London formation present at the Emirates before the half-hour, on a shot placed by Gabriel Martinelli, found by Bukayo Saka (1-0, 28th). The latter then turned into a scorer before the break with a nice low shot to deceive the young Joe Whitworth, holder for only the second time in PL (2-0, 43rd).
Arsenal rolls out
Returning from the locker room, Mikel’s men continued their domination in the opposing camp and even made it concrete through Granit Xhaka, served on a perfect pass from Leandro Trossard to crucify the opposing goalkeeper and score his second goal in as many games. this week (3-0, 55th). But at the fallout of a poorly repelled corner, Jeffrey Schlupp found a way to shake the nets of Ramsdale (3-1, 63rd). Despite this reduction in the score, the men in black conceded a fourth goal before the last quarter of an hour.
Because yes, after a goal and an assist, Saka even offered himself a double on a low cross from Kieran Tierney, perfect to allow the English international to keep the gap of three goals in this meeting (4-1, 74th). An important victory at the accounting level but also for the morale of Arsenal, eliminated in the middle of the week by Sporting CP from the Europa League. Three points this afternoon, so 8 ahead of their sky blue runner-up, Palace remains 12th, three small points behind West Ham, the first to relegate.