Arsenal secured a resounding 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace; however, the win was not without its share of concerns as key players Gabriel Magalhaes and Declan Rice suffered injury scares during the match Rice, who complained of muscle tightness, and Gabriel, who experienced discomfort in his knee, were both substituted in the closing stages of the encounter.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta addressed the injuries, stating, “He (Rice) was feeling some tightness. I don’t know what muscle it was. But when he says that at 3-0, then obviously we don’t want to take any risks. The same with big Gabi. He had some discomfort from a tackle in the first half and he was struggling a bit, so it was the right moment to take him off the field.”
Despite the injury concerns, Arsenal displayed a dominating performance, ending a three-match losing streak. Gabriel opened the scoring from a corner, and a Dean Henderson own-goal doubled their lead from another set-piece.
Arteta acknowledged the team’s focus on set pieces, stating, “The reality is that we trained set pieces less in the last week than other aspects of the game. This is the beauty of it. But we worked on a lot of things that actually happened, and we trained them a lot.”
Leandro Trossard extended Arsenal’s lead to 3-0 early in the second half, and Gabriel Martinelli, who started on the bench due to fitness concerns, sealed the win with two goals in the closing stages.
Arteta expressed satisfaction with the team’s clean sheet and goal distribution, emphasising its positive impact on the overall performance.
“I think that is going to make him very good,” Arteta said about Martinelli. “Sometimes when you are in that period and, as well, he had a little issue the last few days in training. He wasn’t fully, fully fit. That changes the momentum and the perception. It re-energises you, and I think it’s a good thing.”
The win lifted Arsenal to third place in the league standings after a challenging period, providing a much-needed boost for the team. However, the extent of the injuries to Magalhaes and Rice will be closely monitored, with the Gunners hoping for a swift recovery as they navigate the upcoming fixtures.