Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace LIVE! Saka Goal – Premier League Match Stream, Latest Score & Today Updates
Arsenal have a huge chance to go one step further in the Premier League title race by hosting managerless Crystal Palace in another key London derby this afternoon. With rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup this weekend, the Gunners can extend their advantage at the top of the top flight to eight points before the international break with a sixth straight league victory.
Mikel Arteta will be looking for a quick reaction from his side after being stunned by Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday night, falling at home in the round of 16 via the cruel lottery of a penalty shootout. They are strong favorites to triumph here, however, and equal their full points from last season with 10 games still to play, with Rob Holding replacing the injured William Saliba.
The Eagles are yet to win a league game in 2023 and sacked Gunners icon Patrick Vieira on Friday just three points from relegation danger, with Under-21 manager Paddy McCarthy in temporary charge in the middle rumors of a shock return for Roy Hodgson. Follow Arsenal vs Crystal Palace live below, with expert analysis from Simon Collings at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
The Gunners looked nervous at first after Zaha hit the post, but normal serve has since resumed.
Goals from Martinelli and Saka put them on track to clear title rivals Manchester City by eight points in the Premier League summit before the international break.
And they won’t be content to score just two either.
Palace’s winless run will stretch to 13 games barring an unlikely second-half comeback.
45 mins: Three minutes of additional time announced at the end of this first half.
44 mins: Arsenal aren’t content with just a 2-0 half-time lead here.
Tomkins has to block Trossard before Partey shoots wide after good work from Odegaard.
Arsenal is rampant. Palace need the half-time whistle here.
AIM! Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace | Bukayo Saka 43′
43 mins: It’s two!
Arsenal silky football again, but they can’t quite work the initial finish.
That is until there is yet another great bonding game between White and Saka.
Saka finds White, who returns the favor with a nice ball inside Zaha.
Saka takes it and curves a super low strike past Whitworth and into the bottom corner.
A mountain to climb for Palace now.
Simon Collings at the Emirates Stadium
Ben White has been excellent so far after nearly being caught early on by Zaha.
He bonds very well with Saka and moves forward whenever he can. Timely after missing the England squad this week.
41 minutes: White and Saka are once again heavily involved for Arsenal as they look to double their lead ahead of the break.
Odegaard eventually drifted through the box and dragged a low shot wide of the near post under close attention from Doucoure and Olise.
Martinelli is not happy with his captain – he wanted the pass there.
38 mins: Close on Arsenal as Partey meets Odegaard’s pinpoint delivery – but his header drifts away from the far post.
Ward did just enough to discourage him.
37 mins: Arsenal force a new corner on Trossard well cleared by Guehi.
But the Gunners are keeping the pressure on and Milivojevic is too eager to try and get the ball away from Xhaka, who moves well after that first shot.
Free kick in a dangerous area for Odegaard.
34 mins: Saka twists and turns to get a shot, but it’s deflected in the air and Ward blasts a header away.
Olise is then lucky not to have her name taken for a cynical trip over Zinchenko.
32 mins: Relief for Arsenal with Xhaka now back on his feet after treatment.
It looks good to continue.