Patrick Vieira wasn’t there but Arsenal During the match, he again displayed the kind of assertive performance that symbolized his title as a player. This may be what makes this race even more interesting as the leaders get really good at it. It’s a 4-1 win Crystal Palace It was a second consecutive league game where Arsenal had an edible but awkward opposition and yet claimed three points at halftime in a clinically effective manner. This is what can really win championships, because it shows no hesitation, just when doubt and nerves can come into play. These so-called easy games can easily turn into long and tense situations as a result. Instead, Arsenal have the confidence of an eight-point lead despite playing one more game than Manchester City.

The Europa League qualifier didn’t seem to have any negative effects or much of a big deal. Gabriel Martinelli His decisive penalty miss against Sporting Lisbon was followed by the kick that brought them here, a fantastic finish that reflects a fit forward. He just emphasized how it’s all related. Premier League. That’s all Arsenal want to focus on.

Meanwhile, the palace needs to concentrate, because a relatively comfortable position now looks rather unstable. Vieira’s dismissal was no compensation, you shouldn’t expect that from a trip like this. Still, they seem like a team that has lost faith in defense and has no plans on offense. They’re still 12th, of course, but that’s not what it meant in previous seasons. The gap from there to bottom is just four points – just three points to 18 – this is the lowest level seen this late of the season.

It was very difficult for Warden Paddy McCarthy to be given this assignment for the first game, but now they need more reassurance, more ideas. Whether it’s Roy Hodgson remains to be seen. Otherwise, it can quickly become difficult to see Palace stay in the Premier League.

A slight irony is that initially the attackers seem to enjoy being released. After all, one criticism of the Vieira was the lack of a sophisticated or modern approach to going forward.

In this first game without him, Wilfried Zaha and Odsonne Edouard enjoyed the freedom to race at Arsenal early on, with just one shot hitting the post and Aaron Ramsdale succeeding by saving the other. Still, Edouard should have done a better job when he finished second, and that was just as good for Palace. Arsenal immediately sharpened and began to increase the pressure.

Palace’s collective defense could not stand it. Bukayo Saka He found space to send the ball to Martinelli, and the Brazilian cleverly turned Joel Ward and sent the ball into the corner in a single instant.

Martinelli fired the opener on the way back from Arsenal’s European exit.


Most of Arsenal’s attacks were full throttle, but again it was Saka who came out on top, again showing how he went from a promising attacker to a highly productive player who is constantly deciding the games.

He made his debut just before halftime and also showcased his burgeoning partnership with Ben White. The right-back countered Saka’s pass with a decent ball from the inside, allowing the attacker to turn the ball around Joseph Whitworth.

The game was more or less like that but Arsenal added more brilliance to ensure they took more than three points out of the game. Granit Xhaka scored from close range to continue an amazing season that many would have deemed impossible even a year ago. The Swiss midfielder is one of the stories of the season in his own way.

Jeffrey Schlupp made sure it wasn’t a perfect afternoon by finishing close range from a corner before Zaha narrowly took his shot. This could have made everything feel very different, but Arsenal feel like a very different team right now. Immediately on the other end they cleverly cut back the ball with substitute Kieran Tierney and Saka went home to power up.

Saka finished fourth for Arsenal


By then, the crowd had sung Vieira’s old song many times and had almost provoked the support of the Palace. The great Arsenal teams of the French midfielder made it a habit under Arsene Wenger to win such games within the first half hour and advance to three league titles.

Mikel Artetaside has a lot of work to do to win even a championship. But the key so far is that they have done everything that was asked of them. While the expectation was very, very different, with a game played more, he gave them an eight-point lead.

This game could have been very different. Instead Arsenal have gotten very good at such challenges.