Mar 19, 2023 at 5:29 PMUpdate: 8 minutes ago
Arsenal are one step closer to their first Premier League title since 2004. The team of coach Mikel Arteta won the London derby against Crystal Palace 4-1 on Sunday afternoon and recovered from the elimination in the Europa League. Bukayo Saka accounted for two hits.
In their own Emirates Stadium, Arsenal had little to fear from Crystal Palace. ‘The Gunners’ pushed coach Patrick McCarthy’s team back far into their own half, although it was a long wait for the opening goal.
It was only after almost half an hour of football that Gabriel Martinelli was the end of a long attack in the Crystal Palace penalty area. The Brazilian shot the ball into the far corner, out of reach of goalkeeper Joe Whitworth (1-0). Saka doubled the lead before the break, by hitting the target after a nice through ball from Ben White.
Dominant Arsenal continued to score after the break. This time it was Granit Xhaka who managed to find the short corner on a pass from the Belgian star Leandro Trossard (3-0). A big win seemed in the making before Crystal Palace did something in return. By hand or not, Jeffrey Schlupp got the ball behind keeper Aaron Ramsdale.
In the end, the margin became three goals again. It was again Saka who scored, this time after an assist from Kieran Tierney (4-1). For example, Arsenal took revenge from the elimination in the Europa League. On Thursday, Sporting CP lost via penalties.
Arsenal proudly in the lead
It was the sixth Premier League win in a row for league leaders Arsenal. The Londoners have an eight-point lead over pursuers Manchester City after 28 games. However, Pep Guardiola’s team has played a game less. Manchester United follows on nineteen points. The club of coach Erik ten Hag has two games in credit.
The two clubs from Manchester will not play in the Premier League this weekend. Manchester City did play in the FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday. The team crushed Burnley 6-0. Manchester United will meet Fulham in the cup competition later today.
Stand top Premier League
1. Arsenal 28-69 (+40)
2. Manchester City 27-61 (+42)
3. Manchester United 26-50 (+6)
4. Tottenham Hotspur 28-49 (+12)
5. Newcastle United 26-47 (20)
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