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Bukayo Saka singles out one Arsenal man for the victory over Crystal Palace and it’s not Gabriel

Bukayo Saka has explained the secret weapon behind Arsenal’s thumping 5-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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Arsenal returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a commanding 5-0 victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday. First half goals from Gabriel Magalhaes and Leandro Trossard smart finish in the second ensured they could only be one winner.

But substitute Gabriel Martinelli added gloss to the scoreboard with two late goals, erasing any doubt lingering in the minds of Arsenal fans and moving the Gunners up to third, with two points behind leaders Liverpool, albeit the Reds having a game in hand.

Arsenal struggled to find the back of the net in the last six matches, and it seems the winter break which the team spent in Dubai has reinvigorated the team.

Arsenal are leading the league with goals from set pieces and their set piece coach Nicolas Jover is in the spotlight again after two well executed goals from the Gunners.

Arsenal setpiece coach Nicolas Jover (Image credit: Getty Images)

While it is obvious the work Jover is doing behind the scene, Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka has showered accolades on the set-piece coach.

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Jover has brought his tactical acumen to North London. His coaching journey includes stints with Brentford, the Croatian national team, and French side Montpellier, Manchester City, earning him a reputation as a “genius” within football circles.

Saka spoke highly of Jover’s impact, particularly in the realm of set pieces, during an interview with TNT Sports. “We do a lot of work on set pieces,” the Gunners winger remarked. “Nico, our set-piece coach, does a really good job though, he tries to make it fun, and he’s enjoying it. What he’s doing is clearly working, so we’ll have to continue doing it.”

Expressing the team’s ambition, Saka emphasised their dedication to excellence in all aspects of the game. “We want to dominate every phase of play. We want to be the best team in the world so you have to be the best in everything. We can still do better, so we will continue to work on everything that can make us better.”

Arsenal brought in Jover in the summer of 2021 to replace Andreas Gorgson, who had decided to return to his native Sweden and become Malmo’s sporting director. Arteta explained the decision, stating, “He is someone whose expertise is incredibly useful and valuable for us. He’s joining us. His name is Nicolas Jover, and I’ve worked with him before at City.”

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