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Ian Wright SURPRISED by one decision Mikel Arteta made before Arsenal’s victory over Crystal Palace

Arsenal legend, Ian Wright was left questioning one decision Mikel Arteta yesterday.

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Arsenal got a much needed victory against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium yesterday. Mikel Arteta’s side went into the match having lost their last three games in all competitions. However the break in Dubai looks to have done Arsenal good as they recorded their biggest win of the season so far.

Gabriel scored two goals from two set-pieces in the first-half which put the Gunners on their way to a comfortable victory. One from Leandro Trossard and a brace late on from Gabriel Martinelli sealed the three points for Mikel Arteta’s side which puts them back in the race for the Premier League title.

Arsenal now sit just two points behind league leaders Liverpool and are level on points with Manchester City following today’s victory. However the Gunners have played a a game more than the two teams above them.

READ MORE: PLAYER RATINGS: Arsenal 5-0 Crystal Palace.

Although Arsenal ended up thrashing Crystal Palace, Ian Wright was unhappy with Mikel Arteta’s decision to not include Gabriel Martinelli in the starting lineup against Crystal Palace. The Brazilian came off the bench with 20 minutes to go and scored a brace late on, however it was Leandro Trossard who started the match on the left wing.


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Mikel Arteta chose to go with the Trossard over Martinelli yesterday and although the Belgian also scored, Ian Wright was left questioning the decision after the match.

Ian Wright on Gabriel Martinelli: “When you get someone like Gabriel Martinelli in that much space, the line was so high, I was very surprised he didn’t start.

“”I’m quite pleased he came on and made the impact he did. His first goal is a very good finish. Very accurate. Brilliant, superb. With the second goal Palace are all over the place, the midfield is nowhere near it, look at how much space he has got. Can he finish? Yeah, he can.

““You’ve got to take advantage when teams are playing poorly like Palace were. You can really punish these teams.”

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