The tough times at Selhurst park continue as the Eagles search for a home win against the division’s in-form side as of late. Unai Emery’s gunners make the trip across London off the back of 11 consecutive wins across various competitions, the latest of which was a 1-0 win against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night.
It is of no surprise that Emery’s revamped side are right there amongst the top of the table given the strength and names they have at the head of their team sheet. However at the same time going the other way this side still has question marks without numerous injuries to defensive players. It is not unlike Palace to win seemingly impossible games on paper after losing several close games to statistically inferior sides, similar to what happened last season after Palace lost 7 games in a row without scoring a goal and then turned over Chelsea away. Roy Hodgson’s men will look to sit back when Arsenal’s stars have the ball and then break with pace and ask questions of Arsenal’s back-line on the counter attack.
Scott Dann and Christian Benteke are still unavailable for the Eagles. New injury new sees Joel Ward ruled out alongside Alexander Sorloth and Max Meyer who are doubts for the game with illness. Likewise Arsenal are without Laurent Koscielny, Ainsley Maitland Niles and Mavropanos who are ruled out with long term injuries. Petr Cech, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis are also doubts for the game.
Palace’s memorable 3-0 win at home to the North Londoners in April 2017 was their only win over the opposition in the past 6 meetings and first since 1994. It is also one of just 4 they have against Arsenal since the first meeting between the sides at Highbury in 1934.
Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur; Townsend, Zaha, Schlupp
Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Lichtsteiner; Torreira, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi; Lacazette
Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal