Arsenal 5-0 Crystal Palace: Player ratings as Gunners cruise to much-needed win

  • Gabriel scored twice in the first half to hand Arsenal half-time lead
  • Leandro Trossard added a third in the second half before Gabriel Martinelli struck twice in stoppage time
  • Gunners secured first win since Christmas

Arsenal secured a much-needed win against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon
Arsenal secured a much-needed win against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages
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Arsenal returned to winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they cruised to a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

The Gunners' first half display didn't drastically differ from their recent outings, and there was no major upturn, but a pair of Gabriel goals from two excellent set pieces meant the hosts took a 2-0 lead into half-time.

Crystal Palace were keen to get back into the contest after the restart as Eberechi Eze started to have more of an influence on proceedings. However, the third goal arrived at the other end as Leandro Trossard rounded off a rapid counter-attack ignited by a superb David Raya throw.

The Belgian's finish ended the game as a contest with Palace bereft of options off the bench. It was a matter of how many Arsenal could score by the time Paul Tierney blew the full-time whistle, with the supporters that remained in the stands able to catch Gabriel Martinelli's third and fourth Premier League goals of the season in stoppage time.

Arsenal 5-0 Crystal Palace player ratings

Here are the Arsenal player ratings from their victory over Crystal Palace.

Goalkeeper & Defenders

Gabriel scored twice in the first half / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

David Raya (GK) - 8/10 - His best performance in an Arsenal shirt. While he was forced to save from Jefferson Lerma after a sloppy clearance, Raya's distribution was otherwise perfect. No handling issues either.

Ben White (RB) - 7.5/10 - White was good today. While he had the odd struggle tracking Eze when he drifted inside, he largely tamed Palace's star down his flank. Assured in possession.

William Saliba (CB) - 7.5/10 - A serene outing for Saliba, who had little difficulty covering Palace's surges in the channels.

Gabriel (CB) - 8.5/10 - The prolific defender was at it again as he scored twice in the first half to hand Arsenal total control. The Brazilian went off late on with a knock after tussling with Jean-Phillipe Mateta for 80 minutes. He won the duel.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) - 7/10 - Arsenal's build-up was undeniably slicker with Zinchenko involved, and the Ukrainian offered the occasional thrust when handed space to drive. Rarely tested defensively.

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