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Saka Gets 9, Xhaka With 8 | Arsenal Players Rated In Impressive Win Vs Crystal Palace

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Arsenal welcomed Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium earlier tonight as they hoped to secure all three points at home in the Premier League. The Gunners made a decent start to the game and got their noses ahead in the 28th minute when Gabriel Martinelli scored with a low strike. Bukayo Saka doubled Arsenal’s advantage just 15 minutes later with a lovely finish as Mikel Arteta’s men went into the half-time break 2-0 up on the scoreline.

Granit Xhaka put daylight between the two London sides in the 55th minute before Jeffrey Schlupp scored a consolation goal for the Eagles in the 63rd minute. Saka scored again in the 74th minute as the London derby finished with Arsenal securing an impressive 4-1 win in front of their home fans.

Let’s take a look at how each Arsenal player performed during the contest against the Eagles.

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 7/10

The English keeper made a few solid saves at the back but will be disappointed for not earning a clean sheet.

RB: Ben White – 7.5/10

White didn’t do much wrong at the back and managed to create one good chance going forward. He ended the game with an assist to his name.

CB: Rob Holding – 7.5/10

He cleared the danger when needed and was a commanding presence in the air.

CB: Gabriel – 6.5/10

The Brazilian defender did his best to keep things tidy on the defensive end of the field and was replaced in the 85th minute.

Arsenal’s English defender Rob Holding (C) jumps to make a defensive header during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 19, 2023. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6.5/10

Zinchenko performed his defensive duties well but struggled to make himself useful in the final third.

CM: Martin Odegaard – 7/10

He caused a few problems for the opposition defenders and was accurate with his passing.

CM: Thomas Partey – 7.5/10

Partey got stuck in with some crunching tackles and was quite lively in the Palace half.

CM: Granit Xhaka – 8/10

The Swiss international anchored the midfield with conviction and scored in the 55th minute.

RW: Bukayo Saka – 9/10

Saka was unplayable at times as he managed to score two goals and grab one assist for Arsenal today. He deserves to be named the man of the match.

ST: Leandro Trossard – 7.5/10

He caused a few headaches for the Palace defenders and ended the game with an assist to his name.

LW: Gabriel Martinelli – 7.5/10

Martinelli made two promising runs with the ball on the left flank and scored the opening goal for the Gunners in the 28th minute.


LB: Kieran Tierney – 7/10

He came on and bagged an assist.

ST: Gabriel Jesus – 6/10

The Brazilian sensation offered very little after coming off the bench.

CAM: Emile Smith Rowe – N/A

He hardly had any time to make an impact.

CM: Jorginho – N/A

Jorginho came on for the final few minutes of the contest.

CB: Jakub Kiwior – N/A

He didn’t get enough time to warrant a rating.

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