A 12-day break for the Premier League opened with Arsenal beating thriving Crystal Palace 5-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Gabriel Martinelli performed a remarkable feat in the game with four straight goals.
Martinelli’s 11th-minute nod and 37th-minute header gave the home team a solid 2-0 lead before halftime, followed by Leandro Trossard’s 59th-minute goal.
Hungry for more goals, Martinelli added two more in stoppage time, bringing his total goals to four in a single match.
This brought the Gunners back into the top three, a class of this season’s giants.
The Eagles, who took off from a 3-1 victory over the Bees, doubled their loss after playing Arsenal, having been knocked out of the FA Cup by Everton on Wednesday.
With the visitors out of the way, the Gunners would visit Nottingham Forest to battle for maintenance of the lead on January 30, 2024.
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