Substitute Gabriel Martinelli delivered a late double, inflicting a resounding 5-0 defeat on Crystal Palace at Arsenal and intensifying the scrutiny on Roy Hodgson.
Gabriel initiated the scoring with a powerful header, followed by Eagles keeper Dean Henderson being credited with an own goal, and Leandro Trossard securing the third in a game where Hodgson’s side struggled to pose a threat.
Eberechi Eze, marking his 100th Premier League appearance, provided sporadic moments of brilliance for the visitors, but it failed to appease the discontented away supporters who displayed banners expressing dissatisfaction with the club’s direction.
Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko reentered Mikel Arteta’s starting lineup. Gabriel seized the advantage seconds after the 10-minute mark, rising above Chris Richards to head home Declan Rice’s corner.
Despite a dangerous deflection off Jefferson Lerma almost resulting in an own goal, Palace seldom threatened Arsenal until Eze’s free-kick met a red wall. David Raya denied Lerma in the 30th minute, with the Gunners doubling their lead when Gabriel’s header was initially credited but later deemed an own goal by Henderson.
Palace hoped for improvement in the second half, but Henderson thwarted Rice, and Raya saved Eze’s attempt. Arsenal’s chances persisted, and they added a third as Trossard skillfully finished a precise pass from Jesus.
Despite VAR consultations, Arsenal was denied a potential penalty. The hosts secured their third goal as substitute Martinelli fired past Henderson, repeating the feat moments later for a near-identical fifth goal. The defeat amplifies pressure on Hodgson, with Palace supporters displaying banners criticizing the club’s decisions both on and off the pitch.