David Raya has explained what led to Gabriel Magalhaes’ goal and the new Arsenal corner tactic

Arsenal secured a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace to get back to winning ways and reassure the critics as to their goalscoring potential. After just one goal scored and six conceded in the last three games it was a major swing and Gabriel Magalhaes kicked things off with something of a new addition to the Gunners’ set piece routines.

Declan Rice took over corner duties for the left corner to provide a high inswing cross into the box which the Brazilian defender rose highest to meet and score. The second goal came from another lofted corner, this time from the other side as Bukayo Saka turned provider this time although a Premier League panel deemed the decisive touch to be off Dean Henderson robbing Gabriel of a brace on the day.

Prior to the game, Arsenal had been away in Dubai enjoying some warm weather training where Mikel Arteta, Nicolas Jover and others could work on things to help turn form around.

After the win, football.london asked Raya whether the corner changes were indeed from time away in the Middle East.

“I think we worked on set pieces a lot on and we looked to score and I think we have a massive threat with our players to score on set pieces,” he said.

“I think we have shown during the season that we can score on set plays and it was great to score two goals from them.”

Raya had arguably his best game in an Arsenal shirt so far this season. Although there was one moment of concern, he dealt with the Jefferson Lerma shot well and all other attempts on the Arsenal goal.

However, it was his throw to Gabriel Jesus before the third goal scored by Leandro Trossard that has seen him given further praise. The Spaniard’s overarm launch to the Brazilian was perfectly timed and executed to give the Gunners complete control of the game and highlighted perhaps yet another threat they have in their plethora of options.

“There’s been a few ways this season that we countered from the goalkeeper, so it was a nice one to score,” he said. “I think we had a chance before when I played it to Kai Havertz and we didn’t penalise them with a shot on target and the next one obviously, Leo did everything that he could to score the goal and there was a third and from there we didn’t look back.

“We went for another one and another one. So it was a it was a good break point too, because we were a little bit on the pressure as well at that point and if they scored one goal it’s 2-1 and it is a bit of a different game.”

Raya is almost certain now to continue in goal despite the debate continuing over his dynamic with Aaron Ramsdale although this performance certainly helped douse the fires of it for the week at least. He will get another chance to showcase why he is the No.1 when Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest a week on Tuesday.