Arsenal to make Palace Cry

Arsenal look to continue their recent fine form in the Premier League with a 4 Consecutive win when they host Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow. We have to go back to October 2018 since the last time Arsenal were on such form.

Arsenal are starting to have a good run of form under Mikel Arteta’s in his first full season with the North London side. Recent wins have changed the mood in the dressing room as Arsenal close in on North London rivals, Tottenham. While Tottenham can see Arsenal in the rear, we are looking to keep pushing upwards on the table for UEFA Champions League qualification.

It feels like our boxing-day win over Chelsea has created a new spark in the team and its fans and with time. Crystal Palace presents another tough challenge in our push for the top 4 and hopefully, with an almost fully fit squad, we will make them cry.

Palace have a reputation for being good on the breakaway at bigger clubs— They’re the last side to win at both Anfield and Old Trafford and haven’t lost to Arsenal in their last four league meetings. There is, however, arguably more attacking threat than in previous seasons when Palace are on the front foot. Christian Benteke has scored three goals since the start of December and offers a completely different threat to Palace’s other attackers.

For Crystal Palace who were unable to qualify for the 4th round of the F.A cup, it would seem like redemption, not forgetting that Roy Hodgson’s men recently ended a 5-match winless run in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United.

It could be like a well-known ground for the Eagles, bringing in their Arsenal transfer target Wilfred Zaha, a player who’s always given the Gunners a tough run whenever they meet, this is to say, a big game for both sides and in the case of Arsenal, a match that can see them into the top half of the division.

S.A.K.A

on the importance of moving up the table...

“Yes, again, we want to keep that consistency and having the belief that we can go into every game having the feeling that we are going to win it. The more games we are able to win the better that feeling is going to be. Obviously, to start thinking more about the table in a different direction, if you are able to win these matches your mind starts to look in a much more positive way.”

~ Mikel Arteta

THE BREAKDOWN:

TEAM NEWS:

ARSENAL:

Thomas Partey: The Ghanaian hasn’t featured for Arsenal since December, but the club’s big summer signing is ready and in contention to play a part for tomorrow’s game and possibly, could start from the bench.

Gabriel Martinelli: got injured in the warm-up against Newcastle on Sunday, but is said to be getting well and would soon be in full training.

CRYSTAL PALACE:

Scott Dann: injured

Gary Cahill: injured

Luka Milivojevic: despite breaching Covid-19 regulations, he will be ready to play against Arsenal.

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Bukayo Saka has been involved in a goal in each of his last three premier league games (2 Goals, 1 Assist). The last teenager to be involved in a goal in four straight games was Cesc Fabregas.
  • Crystal Palace midfielder has scored in six Premier League appearances against us, with four of those coming from the penalty spot

Head to Head (All competitions)
Played: 47
Arsenal Won: 28
Draw: 14
Lost: 5

POSSIBLE LINEUP:

Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Tierney; Ceballos, Xhaka; Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Tomkins, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Milivojevic, McArthur, Eze; Zaha, Benteke

PREDICTION:

Arsenal 3—1 Crystal Palace

COYG

Match Preview by Adeyemo Adesola