Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli scores twice as Gunners crush Crystal Palace 5-0. Get the full recap and reaction from Emirates Stadium.
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Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli Inspires Victory
Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge received a significant boost with a resounding 5-0 win over Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium in London. Centre-back Gabriel was the star of the show, contributing to most of the damage as he scored the opener and forced an own goal from Palace goalkeeper Dean Henderson. The victory moves Mikel Arteta’s men level with Manchester City and Aston Villa, just two points behind leaders Liverpool.
New Momentum for Arsenal
Arsenal had struggled with just one win in seven games before a two-week winter break. However, a warm weather training camp in Dubai seemed to have revitalized last season’s runners-up. This win was a much-needed boost for their Premier League title challenge. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, has been facing difficulties and is still perilously posed above the relegation zone.
Set-Piece Mastery and Defensive Struggles
Arsenal showcased their proficiency in scoring from set pieces, a key element of their game this season. This was evident as Gabriel outmuscled Chris Richards to head in the opener from a delivery by Declan Rice. Palace failed to learn their lesson and conceded another goal from a corner delivered by Bukayo Saka, as the ball rebounded off goalkeeper Dean Henderson into the net.
Pressure Mounts on Roy Hodgson
Crystal Palace’s struggles continue as the team has managed just one win in 12 games, leaving them precariously positioned above the relegation zone. The disappointment among fans was evident as boos were directed at 76-year-old manager Roy Hodgson. A banner unfurled in the away end displayed a clear message of frustration, indicating that the pressure is mounting on the club’s management.
Gabriel Martinelli’s Impact
Gabriel Martinelli made a significant impact coming off the bench, scoring two goals in stoppage time. This was a remarkable turnaround for the Brazilian player, who had previously struggled to find the back of the net in the Premier League. His quick brace in the closing moments of the game added to the woes of Crystal Palace and underlined Arsenal’s dominance.