Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace Player ratings as Gunners up to third in PL after Palace rout sees return to winning ways


Arsenal moved up to third in the Premier League after comprehensively ending a run of four games without a win in all competitions against Crystal Palace.

Gabriel Magalhães opened the scoring for Mikel Arteta’s side early on by rising to meet Declan Rice’s corner from the left.

An identical set-piece saw the Brazilian help double the Gunners’ lead with a far-post header from Buyako Saka’s pass, which was converted by Dean Henderson.

In the visitors’ best attempt of a second-half reduction early in the second half, Eberechi Eze forced a good save from David Rayi with a long-range effort.

But the north Londoners further cemented their dominance when Leandro Trossard ended a 10-game goal drought by sweeping home a third on the counter-attack.

Deep into stoppage time, substitute Gabriel Martinelli scored the fourth goal after being played in by Eddie Nketiah, before adding a second a minute later.

Arteta’s side are now two points behind leaders Liverpool, who face Bournemouth on Sunday.

Arsenal player ratings

GK: David Raya – 6/10 – An inaccurate clearance almost proved costly, but Raya produced a good stop to deny Lerma’s long-range strike.

RB: Ben White – 7/10 – A comfortable afternoon for White down the right-hand side, with Jeffrey Schlupp not giving him too much to think about.

CB: William Saliba – 7/10 – Overshadowed by his centre-back partner, but he still dealt with Jean-Philippe Mateta’s physicality well.

CB: Gabriel – 9/10 – Rose highest to nod home Arsenal’s opener, athletically leaping above his marker Richards at the far post. His header forced the Gunners two in front before the break and he was a constant menace from deliveries into the box.

LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7/10 – Stepped into midfield well and was one of Arsenal’s key attacking threats with his passing range.

CM: Martin Odegaard – 6/10 – Not his busiest day at the office, but still tidy in possession and neat in his passing.

CM: Declan Rice – 7/10 – A sumptuous corner delivery for Gabriel’s header. Wasn’t tested too often by Crystal Palace midfielders running in behind him.

CM: Kai Havertz – 6/10 – Not too involved in central areas and was seldom instrumental in the Arsenal attack. Another quiet display.

RW: Bukayo Saka – 6/10 – Enjoyed an interesting duel up against compatriot Tyrick Mitchell, one that was very evenly-matched. Not at his sharpest.

ST: Gabriel Jesus – 7/10 – Spent more of the first half offside than onside, regularly flagged by the linesman for his darts in behind the Palace backline. Came away with a lovely assist, but no goal.

LW: Leandro Trossard – 7/10 – After wasting a wonderful chance at the start of the second half, he made amends with an ice-cold finish shortly afterwards. A much-needed goal for his confidence.

SUB: Gabriel Martinelli (69′ for Trossard) – 9/10 – An impressive late cameo that came with two lovely finishes.

SUB: Emile Smith Rowe (69′ for Havertz) – 6/10

SUB: Jorginho (73′ for Rice) – 7/10

SUB: Jakub Kiwior (81′ for Gabriel) – 6/10

SUB: Eddie Nketiah (81′ for Jesus) – 7/10

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