Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace – Football Match Report – March 19, 2023 – ESPN

Premier League leaders Arsenal opened up an eight-point hole on second-placed Manchester City with a 4-1 win over manager-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 facet’s lead early within the second. Palace didn’t capitalise on Jeffrey Schlupp’s 63rd-minute objective and Saka scored once more to ensure 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 instructed 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 out cross. 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 mentioned.

Saka’s help meant the 21-year-old turned the primary Premier League participant to hit double figures in each targets 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 best by Ben White.

Xhaka’s objective 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 via Xhaka to bundle in on the close to submit.

Schlupp threw Palace a lifeline on 63 minutes as he compelled the ball dwelling after Arsenal didn’t take care of a nook, however the away facet didn’t mount a comeback as they slumped to their fourth straight defeat.

Arteta’s facet made positive there was no manner again for Palace as Saka fired dwelling first-time from Kieran Tierney’s cross to attain his twelfth league objective 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 mentioned. “They are top for a reason. I can’t fault the lads’ effort.

“They are a very good group they usually must imagine 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 facet Southampton.