Player rankings as Gunners go eight factors clear at Premier League summit

Arsenal cruised to a 4-1 victory at house to manager-less and winless Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, extending their lead on the Premier League summit to eight factors going into the worldwide break.

With ten video games of the season left to play, Arsenal have already matched the factors tally they accrued throughout the whole lot of the earlier marketing campaign, benefiting from Manchester City’s FA Cup duties to widen the hole on the high of the desk and lengthen Crystal Palace’s look ahead to a win to 12 matches in 2023.

The Emirates crowd burst right into a spirited rendition of Patrick Vieira’s chant at kick-off, however Palace began sharply of their first sport because the former Arsenal captain was sacked as Eagles supervisor on Friday.

Attacking with goal and tempo in transition, Wilfried Zaha struck the bottom of a submit after ten minutes, watching on in agony because the ball ricochetted onto Aaron Ramsdale and behind for a nook. Just a month in the past, Arsenal beat Aston Villa when Jorginho’s effort cannoned off the woodwork and over the road by way of Emi Martinez’s again. These are the razor-thin margins that outline a luck-riddled sport like soccer.

There was extra aptitude than luck about Arsenal’s opener. Gabriel Martinelli collected the ball with Joel Ward squarely between himself and the objective however one contact and a searing step of pace swiftly modified that, giving Arsenal’s Brazilian sufficient of an angle to tear a left-footed effort past Palace’s teenage goalkeeper Joe Whitworth contained in the opening half-hour.

Arsenal stored their boot pressed so firmly on Palace’s throat the stud marks might final till the opposite facet of the worldwide break. Bukayo Saka embodied his facet’s relentlessness by holding an assault alive within the closing levels of the primary half. Playing a one-two round Zaha, Saka scurried goal-side, bending his run to remain onside earlier than slipping a cool end into the far nook.

The fluency and adaptability of Arsenal’s well-honed system ripped aside the facet watched over by interim boss Patrick McCarthy. With Martinelli dragging Joel Ward huge whereas standing on the left touchline and Leandro Trossard distracting James Tomkins buzzing between the strains, Oleksandr Zinchenko – who bamboozles everybody together with his unorthodox positioning – slipped Granit Xhaka into the area Arsenal’s preplanned motion had chiselled open. The Swiss midfielder exchanged passes with Trossard into Palace’s field earlier than bundling in his second objective in three days.

Palace, desirous to impress any potential supervisor that could be watching from afar, had began the second half sharply. The Eagles duly lowered the deficit when Jeffrey Schlupp scrambled the ball over the road from a scrum at a 63rd-minute nook.

Zaha dragged a shot narrowly huge quickly after however Arsenal quashed any whisper of an unlikely comeback with a fourth objective of a commanding show. Palace repeatedly did not get the ball out of their very own penalty space, giving Kieran Tierney one too many makes an attempt to pick Saka, ready on the high of the field to brush in his second of the afternoon and seal three extra factors.

Ben White

Former Brighton defender Ben White renewed rivalries with Crystal Palace on Sunday / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 5/10 – Not at his assertive greatest however not overly examined.

RB: Ben White – 8/10 – Uncertain when back-pedalling in opposition to Zaha however dovetailed with Saka fantastically within the last third.

CB: Rob Holding – 5/10 – Eager to launch his appreciable body right into a raft of challenges which weren’t all the time timed nicely.

CB: Gabriel – 6/10 – Carried out what little defensive work he had with out a fuss.

LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 8/10 – Brilliantly adept at threading the ball between Palace’s black shirts.

CM: Martin Odegaard – 6/10 – Floating across the last third with an ephemeral menace.

CM: Thomas Partey – 7/10 – Initially unsettled by the shut consideration he obtained however dismissed that strain to dictate from the bottom of midfield.

CM: Granit Xhaka – 8/10 – Galloped into Palace’s field at will, including one other Arsenal shirt to the swarm of crimson swamping the guests.

RW: Bukayo Saka – 9/10 – A perennial spoke within the opposition’s wheel, displaying nice power in addition to subtlety.

ST: Leandro Trossard – 6/10 – Lost focus arguing with the referee in a tetchy show spent largely as a decoy.

LW: Gabriel Martinelli – 8/10 – Marking Martinelli in latest weeks has been like attempting to pin a wave to the sand.


Gabriel Jesus (65′ for Trossard) – 5/10

Kieran Tierney (65′ for Zinchenko) – 5/10

Jorginho (83′ for White) – N/A

Emile Smith Rowe (83′ for Martinelli) – N/A

Jakub Kiwior (86′ for Gabriel) – N/A


Mikel Arteta – 8/10 – The third objective could have notably thrilled Arteta as Arsenal’s prescribed positional play teased Palace open. It was a show that banished any trace of disappointment which will have lingered from the Europa League exit on Thursday.

Paddy McCarthy, Cheick Doucoure, Wilfried Zaha

Patrick McCarthy (centre) took cost of his first sport as Crystal Palace interim supervisor / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

GK: Joe Whitworth – 5/10 – The 19-year-old might scarcely be blamed for any of Arsenal’s targets.

RB: Joel Ward – 3/10 – Made to look way more senior than his precise 33 years as Martinelli gave him an unforgiving runaround.

CB: James Tomkins – 3/10 – A late alternative for Joachim Andersen who injured himself within the warmup, Tomkins regarded very very similar to the second alternative.

CB: Marc Guehi – 5/10 – Left the proactive stepping ahead to Tomkins, holding his place in the course of Palace’s breached again 4.

LB: Tyrick Mitchell – 4/10 – Lumbered with the unrewarding activity of muzzling Saka, Mitchell was not the primary fullback to fail and can absolutely not be the final.

CM: Luka Milivojevic – 4/10 – Spent extra time actually mentioning the hazard posed by the crimson shirts fairly than attempting to snuff it out himself.

CM: Cheick Doucoure – 5/10 – Got an important toe to a number of balls however could not stem all the flood of Arsenal’s assaults.

AM: Jeffrey Schlupp – 6/10 – Quick to determine Partey’s aftershave with a good marking temporary on Arsenal’s pivot however struggled to stay with the midfielder for the entire match.

RW: Michael Olise – 5/10 – Tracked again extra diligently than Zaha however his mistimed tackles betrayed his standing as a pure ahead.

ST: Odsonne Edouard – 6/10 – Held onto possession nicely however was not the goal of many passes.

LW: Wilfried Zaha – 3/10 – A sporadic risk going ahead however switched off for each of Arsenal’s first-half targets.


Jordan Ayew (65′ for Edouard) – 5/10

Will Hughes (65′ for Milivojevic) – 5/10

Ebere Eze (82′ for Olise) – N/A

Naouirou Ahamada (82′ for Schlupp) – N/A


Patrick McCarthy – 4/10 – Clearly had an influence together with his crew speak earlier than every half however the message did not stick all through the 90 minutes.

Player of the match – Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

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