Arsenal will be welcoming Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium for the Premier League fixture on Friday at 1:30 AM IST. The hosts have acquired the 11th spot with 23 points while the visitors have occupied the 13th spot with 22 points.
Arsenal played 17 matches out of which they won seven games, lost eight and drew twice. Crystal Palace also played 17 matches so far in the tournament, they lost six games, had a draw on seven occasions and lost four fixtures.
Arsenal will be looking for five victories in a row in all competitions as they take on Crystal Palace who have been inconsistent in their recent fixtures.
Arsenal are coming from a 2-0 victory against Newcastle in the FA Cup. Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith-Rowe were enough to take Arsenal over the finishing line.
Palace lost to Wolves 1-0 in the FA Cup and Roy Hodgson will be looking to clinch a comfortable victory against Arsenal. Palace lost to Liverpool 7-0 and 3-0 to Aston Villa.
Palace has conceded the third-most goals in the on-going Premier League season.
In the head-to-head competition between the two teams, Crystal Palace has the upper hand as they are unbeaten against Arsenal in their last four meetings. The Gunners beat the Eagles in 2018. Crystal Palace beat Arsenal 3-2 at the Emirate Stadium and ended the Gunners’ hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League during the 2018-19 season. The two teams faced each other twice in the previous season and both the fixtures ended in a draw. Palace came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium.
Thomas Partey and Gabriel’s return will provide a huge boost for Arsenal. Arteta will take a sigh of relief that Gabriel Martinell’s injury is not as bad as it seemed. The Brazilian is likely to play on Monday against Newcastle.
Crystal Palace to miss the services of Mamadou Sakho, Scott Dann and Gary Cahill. Dann and Sakho picked up injuries this month, while Cahill has been out since mid-December. Jeffrey Schlupp has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury at least for three months. Eberechi Eze will be getting another chance to cement his place in the team in the absence of Schlupp.