3 standout Arsenal players from emphatic victory over Crystal Palace

  • Gabriel Magalhães got Arsenal off to the perfect start with a great header
  • Brazilian added a second (with the help of Dean Henderson) just before half-time
  • Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Martinelli twice then scored to give Arsenal a resounding victory
Arsenal FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League
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Just what the doctor ordered.

After a terrible run of form, Arsenal really needed a big win to restore some confidence and momentum. Luckily, they faced a terrible Crystal Palace at the Emirates.

Any early nerves were immediately soothed by Gabriel Magalhães dominating his marker to get his head on a Declan Rice delivery. A Bukayo Saka corner was then bizarrely bundled in by the Brazilian defender off of Dean Henderson and Arsenal were two to the good at half-time.

Gabriel Jesus and Leandro Trossard combined to finish off a brilliant Arsenal counter-attack from a Crystal Palace corner.

Gabriel Martinelli then scored the exact same finish twice late into the game to cap off a good performance from the Gunners, adding a touch more humiliation to a woeful Palace side.

It was not the greatest game from Mikel Arteta's men but it was exactly what was needed.

3 standout Arsenal players from 5 goal victory against Palace

Let's take a look at the three Arsenal players who stood out on the pitch.

1. Gabriel Magalhães

I have been a big fan of this big Brazilian man for a long time now and that won't stop any time soon.

He was immense today and a big threat, being instrumental in two goals and destroying his marker beyond that.

Having a defender who can contribute goals is such a lovely bonus to have and Gabriel does that, having contributed to the most goals of any Premier League defender since his arrival in this Arsenal team.

He was also very good defensively, not giving Palace an inch of space.

At one point in the first half, he hunted a ball deep into the Palace half, not giving up his press and eventually winning it back. He should have won a foul but it showed his determination and his quality.

William Saliba is often the man who receives all the praise, but big Gabi has been just as good this season. He is so disciplined in his defending, and I would not switch the defensive partnership for any player in the world.

2. Benjamin White

Ben White looked back to his normal self and it was very good for Arsenal. His overlapping runs make the world of difference for Bukayo Saka and it gives Arsenal a lot more balance.

I thought he also looked more confident and comfortable today. In the first half, a couple of times he tried a line-breaking pass to Saka in behind. One of them was perfectly weighted and almost led to a goal.

He has received a lot of stick this season from Arsenal fans but it has been undeserved in my opinion. A fully fit Ben White is brilliant for the team and he showed his quality today, even without having the most incredible game either.

3. Gabriel Martinelli

20 minutes, two goals. Not a bad afternoon's work.

Another player who has gotten a lot of stick this season, Gabriel Martinelli showed today that if you get him into scoring positions, he will score.

Even outside of his goal, he got into dangerous positions because Palace were offering him so much space to run into.

His two goals were near identical. Near goal, lining up against the keeper, the Brazilian winger curled both efforts into the far corner. The shots were not extremely powerful but they were perfectly placed.

It must be mentioned that they were very Thierry Henry-esque too.

Leandro Trossard also scored a goal, but the Belgian was a bit non-existent outside of that. When Martinelli plays, Arsenal are far, far more threatening.

Of course, two goals at the end of a game you are already winning 3-0 is hardly going to decide the title, but it was brilliant to see Martinelli finishing off Crystal Palace with delicious aplomb.