The Gunners pick up a crucial win to go eight points clear of Man City

The Gunners pick up a crucial win to go eight points clear of Man City

Bukayo Saka scored a brace and provided an assist as Arsenal bounced back from their Europa League exit with a 4–1 win against struggling Crystal Palace.

Arsenal have made six changes since their Europa League exit at Sporting as they look to go eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Both Takehiro Tomiyasu and William Saliba missed through injuries while Ben White and Rob Holding came on defense.

Thomas Partey also returned to the squad, as did Martin Odegaard, Leandro Trossard and Bukayo Saka.

Paddy McCarthy takes charge of Palace for the first time having temporarily taken over the reins following the sacking of Patrick Vieira on Friday.

He made two changes as Luka Milivojevic returned as captain and Joel Ward was also recalled as Albert Sambi Lokonga lost to his parent club.

After a slow start, the leaders would break the deadlock thanks to Gabriel Martinelli, the man whose penalty save cost Arsenal a shoot-out defeat by Sporting.

Wilfried Zaha was caught watching the ball as White got ahead of him, playing Saka, whose cross was controlled and finished well by Martinelli.

Saka would double the lead before the break, finishing low after Joseph Whitworth who had been played by White.

Just before the 60th minute, Arsenal drew further away, with Granit Xhaka exchanging passes with Trossard before finishing under pressure from Ward.

Palace scored their first league goal in nearly seven hours when Jeffrey Schlupp came home from a corner to give McCarthy a glimmer of hope.

Saka’s second of the afternoon restored Arsenal’s three-goal lead as his fine first goal from Kieran Tierney’s cross survived a VAR check for offside.

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