Arsenal will head into the transnational break eight points clear in the Premier League title race after Bukayo Saka scored doubly in a 4- 1 home defeat of Crystal Palace on Sunday.
With chasers Manchester City else engaged this weekend in the FA Cup, Arsenal took full advantage with Gabriel Martinelli opening the scoring and Granit Xhaka also on target.
Jeffrey Schlupp got Palace’s first thing in five league games to briefly raise their expedients in the alternate half, but Arsenal was no way going to miss the chance to strain its grip on the top spot as it chases its first English title for 19 times.
Arsenal’s ninth palm in London derbies this season, a new English league record, took them to 69 points from 28 games, with reigning title holders City on 61 having played a game smaller.
When was the last time a Premier League club was driven to the title by a 21- time-old? Wayne Rooney won the first of his five when he was that tender age at Manchester United.
But at that point in his astral career, with Cristiano Ronaldo alongside him, he wasn’t relatively as abecedarian to the platoon as Bukayo Saka is to Arsenal indeed if Rooney did make the most appearances for United in that crusade.
The comparison is a fair bone as two pretensions and another help for Saka extended Arsenal’s advantage at the top to eight points over Manchester City, who have a game in hand, entering the transnational break.
There’s now just 10 matches to go, and no other distractions, for Arsenal in their hunt for a first title since 2004 – when Saka was still not indeed three times old – and so the finishing line gets tantalisingly closer and closer with City still in the titleholders League and FA Mug.
There will be those who, understandably, point to the majestic influence of captain Martin Odegaard or the transformative effect of Oleksandr Zinchenko in driving Arsenal towards this most doubtful of triumphs but, make no mistake, it’s Saka who’s their main man; who’s their undisputed ‘ Starboy ’.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side bowed out of the Europa League on penalties to Sporting on Thursday, but a sixth consecutive Premier League palm looked in the bag by halftime, with Martinelli opening the scoring from Saka’s pass in the 28th nanosecond.
Saka doubled the lead in the 43rd when he guided home a low shot beyond Palace’s teenage goalkeeper Joe Whitworth after being played in by Ben White’s pass.
Arsenal was running hoot when Xhaka made it 3- 0 10 twinkles into the alternate half after an help by Leandro Trossard.
Schlupp replied just past the hour, and there were a many jittery moments with Wilfried Zaha firing elevation wide before Saka made sure with his 12th league thing of the season in the 74th, guiding in a first- time shot from Kiernan Tierney’s pass.
Palace, who sacked director Patrick Vieira this week and are without a palm in 2023, stay in 12th place but are only three points above the deportation zone.
With Spring in the air in north London, there was a feeling of swoon at the final whoosh, with Arsenal now assured of an eight- point lead going into April as the season pauses compactly for England’s Euro 2024 qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine. Know More Football News…