Arsenal Line-Up for Crystal Palace


The Gunners can move back into the top four of the Premiership on Saturday as they travel to Selhurst Park for their match against Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace.

Liverpool, Southampton and Spurs do not play until Sunday giving Arsenal the chance to notch up the points in the race for a Champions League finish.

Arsenal has not lost a match in their last 11 trips to south London, but the Eagles have had a twist of fate following the arrival of Alan Pardew from Newcastle, winning five out of their last eight matches.

The Ox is back in training but not fit to play, with Aaron Ramsey still ten days away from being available.

Hector Bellerin will have a late fitness test ahead of the match with Jack Wilshere possibly starting on the bench.

Long term injuries still include Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Debuchy.

Possible Line-Up against Crystal Palace



Despite Wojciech Szczesny returning for the FA Cup match against Middlesboro we expect to see Wenger play Colombian keeper David Ospina.

Having conceded just two goals in the last five league games we expect to see Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in their usual centre-back partnership with new signing Gabriel Paulista left out despite a good debut against Boro.
Should Bellerin not be ruled fit, Calum Chambers is ready to fill in.

Francis Coquelin will have a key role to play with injuries to both Arteta and Ramsey, with Wilshere most likely on the subs bench.

Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and the fit again Alexis Sanchez should prove to be a handful for Palace as they seek to dominate the midfield attack with both Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck going head to head for the start.

This is an easy choice for manager Arsene Wenger after the two superbly finished goals we saw from Olivier Giroud last weekend; we would be highly surprised not to see the Frenchman spearhead the Gunners attack once more.