Martinelli’s brace ensures Arsenal’s commanding 5-0 victory over Palace in the EPL

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The Gunners bounced back in style with a resounding 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Saturday.

Arsenal secured their first league win of the New Year, kick-started by Brazilian defender Gabriel’s 11th-minute header, a powerful nod past Henderson following a corner kick from Declan Rice.

Henderson found himself with an own goal after the ball struck the back of his head, a moment contested by Palace players who believed it resulted from an obstruction by Ben White.

A swift counterattack initiated by Arsenal goalkeeper Raya, who quickly delivered the ball to Gabriel Jesus, allowed the Brazilian to set up his Belgian teammate, Trossard, for a goal past Henderson.

Far from content with a 3-0 lead, the Gunners showcased their attacking prowess until the final whistle.

In stoppage time, Martinelli scored two quick goals, securing a comfortable victory against Roy Hodgson’s side.

This triumph comes after Arsenal’s setbacks in 2023, including a 2-0 home loss to West Ham and a 2-1 defeat by Fulham at Craven Cottage, followed by a 2-0 FA Cup loss to Liverpool.

With this win, Arsenal maintains their third position, level on points with Manchester City and trailing leaders Liverpool by two points.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace remains five points above the relegation zone with a total of 21 points.

 

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