We take a look at the team news as Arsenal look to go eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a victory against Crystal Palace with Manchester City featuring in the FA Cup this weekend.
The Gunners were knocked out of the Europa League by Sporting CP on Thursday at the Emirates. Granit Xhaka gave the hosts the lead, but Pedro Goncalves scored a stunning long-range strike that caught Aaron Ramsdale off guard, forcing the game into extra-time and eventually a penalty shootout. Unfortunately for Arsenal, Gabriel Martinelli missed his penalty, resulting in their exit from the competition.
Crystal Palace will be without a manager for the game against Arsenal on Sunday, as Patrick Vieira was recently sacked following a winless streak of 12 games. Although the Eagles are not currently in immediate danger of relegation, their recent form has been concerning, with a 1-0 loss to Brighton highlighting their struggles in front of goal.
With only three points separating them from the relegation zone and several teams below them in the standings, the Eagles must improve their scoring record if they hope to secure their status as a Premier League team.
The Gunners are facing more concerns after losing Takehiro Tomiyasu and William Saliba to injuries in the first half of their Europa League game on Thursday. Manager Mikel Arteta is worried that the Japanese may have sustained another significant injury. Although the extent of Saliba’s injury is unknown, it is likely that Rob Holding will take his place in the team. Eddie Nketiah and Mohamed Elneny are also out with injuries.
On the other hand, Will Hughes and James McArthur of Crystal Palace will miss the game due to illness, while Sam Johnstone and Vicente Guaita are still recovering from their respective injuries. Crystal Palace will also be without Albert Sambi Lokonga, who is ineligible to play against his parent club Arsenal.
However, there is a chance that either Will Hughes or James McArthur will return from illness to provide some relief. Cheick Doucoure will be available for selection after serving his one-match suspension and is expected to replace Luka Milivojevic in midfield. Defender Nathan Ferguson is still working on regaining match fitness.
Player To Watch Out For – Jordan Ayew
Jordan Ayew is known for his impressive skills on the ball, pace, and ability to score goals. Ayew’s dribbling ability is one of his standout skills. He has a great sense of balance and control when running with the ball, making him a difficult player for defenders to tackle. He often uses his quick feet to beat his markers and create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.
The 31-year-old’s work rate and determination on the field are also noteworthy. He is a tireless runner, always willing to track back and defend for his team when not in possession of the ball. He is also a versatile player, capable of playing in various attacking positions, including as a winger or a central striker.
Overall, the Ghanaian forward is a skilled and versatile footballer with an excellent set of attributes. Jordan Ayew’s impressive dribbling ability, pace, and finishing skills make him a valuable asset to any team he plays for.
Crystal Palace Form:
Arsenal Predicted Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1):
Aaron Ramsdale (GK); Ben White (RB), Rob Holding (CB), Gabriel (CB), Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB); Granit Xhaka (CM), Thomas Partey (CM); Bukayo Saka (RW), Martin Odegaard (CAM), Gabriel Martinelli (LW); Leandro Trossard (ST).
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Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace
Arsenal are expected to secure a win in their upcoming match against Crystal Palace. The game is very crucial as it could potentially boost the Gunners’ chances of securing a Premier League title. With Man City competing in the FA Cup, the Gunners could go eight points clear at the top of the table while Palace need to keep winning to avoid a relegation battle. With so much at stake for both teams, it is sure to be a closely contested battle on the field.
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