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CRYSTAL PALACE vs ARSENAL

Crystal Palace will be without captain Luka Milivojevic through suspension and a host of injured players but new loan signing Cenk Tosun is available after joining from Everton on Friday.

Wilfried Zaha, Jairo Riedewald and Max Meyer are expected to feature after recovering from knocks.

Hector Bellerin could return for Arsenal after eight games out and he will undergo a late fitness test on a hamstring injury, but fellow defenders Kieran Tierney (shoulder) and Calum Chambers (knee) are missing.

Head coach Mikel Arteta is expected to recall the likes of Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after they were rested for Monday’s FA Cup win over Leeds.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Kelly, Tomkins, Cahill, Riedewald, Meyer, Kouyate, McCarthy, McArthur, Ayew, Zaha

Arsenal XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Torreira, Ozil, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang

  • Crystal Palace are unbeaten in the past three league meetings with Arsenal, winning one and drawing two
  • Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have lost just two of their 19 away league matches at Selhurst Park
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored eight of Arsenal’s 11 away league goals
  • The Eagles have lost only one of their 13 league fixtures against the teams below them in the table this season

Twitter reaction

The wonderful #CRYARS hashtag is in operation today and plenty of you have had your say.

Yolanda: Hope we can start to see that front four fire. Should have some good training done now under Mikel Arteta and get that attacking play going. Solid selection from the manager!

Tim: Big team. Very strong attack which could be the only way to break through the dangerously organised Crystal Palace. Dani Ceballos on the bench is a boost.

George: To be fair with all the injuries – that’s a solid line-up for Crystal Palace. Obviously Max Meyer on the wing is disappointing. Wilfried Zaha needs to produce today.

Team news and line ups

Those all-important team sheets arrive and a quick glance tells me that Cenk Tosun is on the bench and Mikel Arteta reverts to his strongest XI after the victory over Leeds. And yes, that includes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Kelly, Tomkins, Cahill, Riedewald, Meyer, Kouyate, McCarthy, McArthur, Ayew, Zaha

Subs: Hennessey, Dann, Tosun, Wickham, Woods, Kirby, Keut

Arsenal XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Torreira, Ozil, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Subs: Martinez, Holding, Nelson, Willock, Guendouzi, Martinelli, Saka

Eras collide

Eras collide at Selhurst Park today where Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta faces Crystal Palace counterpart Roy Hodgson, who is 35 years his senior.

Arteta has made a mightily impressive start at the Emirates Stadium, not least in how he turned an abject first-half performance into a Monday night FA Cup win over Leeds.

Victory at Palace would serve as another significant stride in the right direction for a club still seeking to recapture the consistency of the Arsene Wenger era.

Yes, 35 years his senior but still boasting a very respectable amount of hair.

CRYSTAL PALACE vs ARSENAL

Crystal Palace will be without captain Luka Milivojevic through suspension and a host of injured players but new loan signing Cenk Tosun is available after joining from Everton on Friday.

Wilfried Zaha, Jairo Riedewald and Max Meyer are expected to feature after recovering from knocks, but Joel Ward (knee), Scott Dann, Victor Camarasa (both calf), Mamadou Sakho, Patrick Van Aanholt (both hamstring), Jeffrey Schlupp (hip), Andros Townsend (groin) and Christian Benteke (muscle) remain out.

Hector Bellerin could return for Arsenal after eight games out and he will undergo a late fitness test on a hamstring injury, but fellow defenders Kieran Tierney (shoulder) and Calum Chambers (knee) are missing.

Head coach Mikel Arteta is expected to recall the likes of Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after they were rested for Monday’s FA Cup win over Leeds.

Last season: Arsenal 2 Crystal Palace 3, Crystal Palace 2 Arsenal 2

Last five league matches: Crystal Palace DLWDD; Arsenal LDDLW

Top scorers (all competitions): Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) 5; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) 15

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire)



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