‘CRYSTAL Palace’ was spelt incorrectly on a number of the paper tickets for this conflict on the Emirates Stadium. No such errors on the pitch from Arsenal.

There are not any indicators of the capitulation that many predicted would come. No indication of the wheels, nevertheless barely, coming off Arsenal’s title problem.

Eight factors clear on the Premier League summit with 10 video games to go after this most medical of victories over Palace – who stay and not using a win in 2023.

If Arsenal are going to stutter, then they’re leaving it bloody late.

In fact, whether or not the Gunners can pip Manchester Metropolis to win their first championship since 2004 means diddly to Palace.

Bukayo Saka found the net twice as Arsenal picked up a comfortable win against Palace

Bukayo Saka discovered the online twice as Arsenal picked up a cushty win in opposition to Palace

Gabriel Martinelli also netted, opening the scoring with a left-footed shot into the corner

Gabriel Martinelli additionally netted, opening the scoring with a left-footed shot into the nook

Granit Xhaka got on the scoresheet after a fine one-two with Leandro Trossard

Granit Xhaka acquired on the scoresheet after a high quality one-two with Leandro Trossard

The actual fact the ‘y’ and ’s’ had switched locations in ‘Crystal’ on a lot of the away supporters’ tickets right here is simply as inconsequential.

Palace have far larger issues. They’re sleep strolling right into a relegation battle, the membership presently three factors away from 18th positioned West Ham – who’ve two video games in hand over their London rivals.

Patrick Vieira paid the last word value for the workforce’s dreadful type on Friday when he was sacked.


ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale 6; White 7 (Jorginho 83), Holding 7, Gabriel 7 (Kiwior 86), Zinchenko 7.5 (Tierney 65, 6.5); Partey 8, Xhaka 7; Saka 8.5, Odegaard 7.5, Martinelli 8 (Smith Rowe 83); Trossard 7.5 (Jesus 65, 6). 

Subs: Turner, Tierney, Vieira, Nelson.

Supervisor: Mikel Arteta 7.5

PALACE (4-2-3-1): Whitworth 6; Ward 6, Tomkins 6, Guehi 6.5, Mitchell 6; Doucoure 6.5, Milivojevic 5.5 (Hughes 66, 5.5); Olise 5 (Eze 82), Schlupp 6 (Ahamada 82), Zaha 6.5; Odsonne 5 (Ayew 65, 5). 

Subs: Goodman, Mateta, Clyne, Hughes, Richards, Riedewald. Booked: Tomkins.

Supervisor: Paddy McCarthy McCarthy 6

Referee: Stuart Attwell 6

As Sportsmail revealed final week, a return for Roy Hodgson, who vacated the position to make approach for Vieira two years in the past, just isn’t being discounted.

However on the age of 75, why would a retired Hodgson want this form of aggro? If he was watching this, you wouldn’t blame him for having reservations.

Palace have been resolute for some time; Wilfred Zaha was unfortunate to not hearth the Eagles forward within the eleventh minute, the trouble he tried squeezing in on the close to publish placing a publish earlier than ricocheting again off Aaron Ramsdale and out for a nook.

When issues are going for you, the ball rebounds off the keeper and contained in the publish. Suffice to say the ball isn’t rolling for Palace for the time being.

That’s why Vieira was given his marching orders. Vieira’s a legend on this facet of north London, certainly the house supporters took nice pleasure blasting out their well-known music concerning the Frenchman throughout numerous junctures right here.

That might be scant comfort for Vieira, after all, who believed he might regular a ship that’s struggling to remain afloat.

In the interim, the job of main Palace has been bestowed upon under-21 coach Paddy McCarthy.

His audition for the job right here begun with promising indicators. Quickly after Zaha’s alternative, Odsonne Edouard broke clear solely to be denied by Ramsdale – although the Palace striker was ultimately dominated off facet.

Jeffrey Schlupp pulled a goal back for Palace in the second half but the visitors were well beaten

Jeffrey Schlupp pulled a purpose again for Palace within the second half however the guests have been effectively crushed

Wilfried Zaha went close on a couple of occasions and hit the post in the first half but couldn't find the net

Wilfried Zaha went shut on a few events and hit the publish within the first half however could not discover the online

Ready within the wings to switch McCarthy is Hodgson.

Heading into the weekend he was the popular candidate to switch Vieira till the top of the season amongst influential member’s of the membership’s hierarchy.

They’re holding their choices open heading into the worldwide break – certainly heading into this conflict, Palace wished to provide McCarthy a good crack of the whip to make the job his personal.

And for 25 minutes of so, the previous Republic of Eire defender was doing his probabilities no hurt in any respect – though rookie goalkeeper Joe Whitworth was compelled into parrying Martin Odegaard’s effort from the sting of the field.

Cheick Doucoure was having sport in midfield, whereas Zaha was harmful.

However when Arsenal shifted by way of the gears, Palace have been blown away – and McCarthy’s hopes of an extended interval within the hotseat have been dealt 4 crushing blows.

First, Gabriel Martinelli lashed residence a fierce angled drive from Bukayo Saka’s cut-back to fireplace the workforce forward within the twenty eighth minute.

Paddy McCarthy is in the dugout on an interim basis but couldn't inspire his team to victory

Paddy McCarthy is within the dugout on an interim foundation however could not encourage his workforce to victory

Then, simply earlier than half-time, Saka cooly slotted previous Whitworth from Ben White’s go to double Arsenal’s lead.

Recreation over. Palace hadn’t scored in 4 video games and never notched twice in a single match since December. They weren’t about to buck that development now.

For Arsenal, this was turning into one other routine afternoon.

Saka was at his effervescent greatest, Odegaard pure poetry in central midfield and however for these early scares their defence – that had Rob Holding making his first league begin of the season within the absence of the injured William Saliba – have been largely watertight.

Zaha once more appeared the most definitely for Palace, his effort within the 53rd minute forcing Ramsdale into an instinctive save.

However by the top Palace had been blown away. Grant Xhaka added a 3rd within the fifty fifth minute, changing Leandro Trossard’s by way of ball to finish any lingering anxieties for Arsenal.

Credit score to Palace, they gave it a go, Jeffrey Schlupp’s bundled effort lowered the deficit within the 63rd minute.

Had Zaha transformed a good chance 9 minutes later, then maybe McCarthy’s hopes of staying within the job might have improved.

Because it so occurs, Saka killed any hope of a Palace battle again, rifling residence substitute Kieran Tierney’s go within the 74th minute to finish the scoring.

Saka’s season goes from energy to energy. A superb younger footballer, with the persona as well.

Arsenal are now eight points clear at the top of the table after a dominant victory

Arsenal are actually eight factors clear on the high of the desk after a dominant victory

Mikel Arteta was delighted after seeing his side bounce back from their midweek Europa League elimination

Mikel Arteta was delighted after seeing his facet bounce again from their midweek Europa League elimination

Palace have their very own shiny children: Michael Olise has all of the makings of a top-four participant. Equally, Eberechi Eze, who got here on as a late substitute, could be an England intentional by now if it wasn’t for damage.

At this fee, nevertheless, they’ll be lucky to not be taking part in Championship soccer subsequent season.

Is Hodgson the reply? Possibly. Possibly not.

What’s for sure is that Arsenal emphatically answered one other query right here on Sunday.