Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace – Football Match Report – March 19, 2023
Premier League leaders Arsenal opened up an eight-level hole on second-positioned Manchester City with a 4-1 win over supervisor-much 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 kind 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 purpose and Saka scored once more to verify of victory late on.
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“Really pleased with the performance, the energy, the determination that we showed again, the way we controlled the game,” Arteta advised Sky Sports. “It was tough after playing 120 minutes in the week, wondering how the team would react but they reacted brilliantly and the crowd was at it again.”
Martinelli opened the scoring on 28 minutes after he was discovered by Saka’s looking move. The Brazil worldwide evaded Joel Ward and despatched an effort into the far nook, past Joe Whitworth.
“Very happy, we needed that win and, as I always say, we approach the games as a final and we did that today,” Martinelli stated.
Saka’s help meant the 21-12 months-previous turned 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 correct by Ben White.
Xhaka’s purpose 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 means of Xhaka to bundle in on the close to publish.
Schlupp threw Palace a lifeline on 63 minutes as he compelled the ball dwelling after Arsenal did not take care of a nook, however the away aspect did not mount a comeback as they slumped to their fourth straight defeat.
Arteta’s aspect made positive there was no approach again for Palace as Saka fired dwelling first-time from Kieran Tierney’s cross to attain his twelfth league purpose of the season within the 74th minute.
“Even when we went down we were able to create in moments. But this is high-quality opposition,” interim Palace boss McCarthy stated. “They are top for a reason. I can’t fault the lads’ effort.
“They are a great group they usually should consider in themselves. Whatever occurs, this group has greater than sufficient.”
Palace stay twelfth within the Premier League desk however are simply 4 factors forward of backside aspect Southampton.