The Gunners set the tone early in the game, securing their first two goals from well-executed corner kicks. Gabriel’s precise header in the 11th minute was followed by an unfortunate deflection off Crystal Palace goalkeeper Henderson, giving Arsenal a comfortable lead.
As the match progressed, the visitors struggled to mount any significant response, allowing Arsenal to extend their lead in the second half. Trossard’s composed finish in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper showcased Arsenal’s attacking prowess.
In the dying moments of the game, Martinelli added a finishing touch to the win, netting two goals in injury time. However, amidst the celebration, a controversial incident in the penalty area grabbed the spotlight.
Gabriel Jesus found himself brought down in the box, seemingly deserving of a penalty. Unfortunately for Arsenal, the referee’s decision not to award the penalty raised eyebrows among fans and pundits alike. The official deemed it an easy dive, denying Arsenal a chance to further solidify their lead.
The overall outcome of the match was not affected by this decision but the impact of such calls cannot be ignored. In a sport where every decision counts, the failure to award a clear penalty against Crystal Palace highlights the need for consistency in officiating. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>