Arsenal – Crystal Palace 4-1
Martin Odegaard & Co takes a break for the national team, eight points ahead of Manchester City.
It became clear after Arsenal overtook Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.
They meet in the semi-finals:
Manchester City – Sheffield United
Brighton – Manchester United / Fulham
The gap from Arsenal to third place is 19 points. Which means it is almost certain that Odegaard or Haaland will be the champions of the league.
After the match, Ødegaard interfered Interview with Viaplay.
There he was asked how he communicated with Erling Braut Haaland, considering the title fight between them.
– It’s a little funny, we talk almost every day. We have a Snapchat group with someone in the national team, but we never talk about matches and the table. To be honest, we don’t. We talk about all sorts of other things… yeah, pee, so to speak, Ødegaard tells Viaplay.
– We almost don’t talk about games. It’s more when he scores a hat-trick for the hundredth time, and then I send him a congratulatory message, but there is nothing more, Odegaard tells the TV channel.
The Premier League title for Arsenal will be the first for the club since the 2003/2004 season.
Odegaard and Haaland are now traveling to Marbella, where they meet the Norwegian national team tomorrow, for a national team meeting.
Next Saturday they face Spain, before playing away to Georgia the following week.
– It’s time for us to succeed in doing something ourselves. He’s been a big target for a long time, so it’s time for us to step up,” says Odegaard to FiaPlay’s Jan Age Vujortoft, who’s been part of Egil ‘Drillo’ Olsen’s Championship squads.
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The biggest player in the match was Bukayo Saka, who scored two goals, but after the match he was disappointed, according to coach Mikel Arteta.
He was disappointed that he didn’t get a hat-trick. This is the hunger we need. Arteta told Sky Sports: We need our attacking players to shoot and get chances, they did it again today.
The goals were scored by Gabriel Martinelli, Bucayo Saka (2) and Granit Xhaka.
When the two teams met in the Emirates four years ago, Granit Xhaka was booed by his fans as he left the pitch. Today the fans chanted his name after he beautifully scored Arsenal’s third goal.
October 27, 2019: Arsenal fans rejoice when Granit Xhaka is traded to Crystal Palace. The Swiss react aggressively, pointing at the onlookers.
Instead of sitting on the bench, he takes off his suit and strolls straight into the dressing room. Supporters of Boo Xhaka.
March 2023: Granit Xhaka is a key player for Arsenal as they chase their first Premier League title in 20 years.
The Swiss scores Arsenal’s third goal against Crystal Palace. The spectators stand up and cheer the midfielder. They also chant his name.
Ødegaard’s cannon ball was stopped by the goalkeeper’s talent
Wilfried Zaha came agonizingly close to putting the visitors ahead after ten minutes, but his shot hit the post, before the ball hit the back of Aaron Ramsdale and went off a corner kick.
On the other side of the court was 19-year-old Joe Whitworth guarding the cage. The youngster made his debut against Brighton earlier this week.
After 17 minutes, he was tested by Martin Ødegaard. The Norwegian kicked the ball wide, but his goalkeeping talent was on the scoresheet and he managed to knock the ball wide.
– If Martin is watching, I say Haaland
They got up and chanted Shaka’s name
After 28 minutes, the goalkeeping talent had to give way. Gabriel Martinelli was ruthless as he put the ball into the net. Ten minutes later, Bukayo Saka doubled the lead after a fine finish from Ben White.
Ten minutes after the start of the second half, Granit Xhaka scored the third goal of the match after a beautiful interaction with Leonardo Trossard.
The fans stood up and chanted the Swiss’s name.
Geoffrey Schlupp lit a glimmer of hope for Palace after 62 minutes, but ten minutes later Saka peppered the game with his second goal.
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