Crystal Palace continued their terrible run of form against Fulham last time out, falling to a 4-1 loss after having taken the lead against their London rivals, and will be likely to make it 6 losses in a row here. Arsenal tasted defeat for only the second time this season when Borussia Dortmund snatched a win at the Emirates in the week, but they have a fantastic chance to restore any lost confidence against a below par Palace team.
What to expect from the Match
Crystal Palace have lost their last 5 matches in the Premier League while Arsenal have won 6 of their last 7 matches in the Premier League. Crystal Palace have tallied just five points in their last eight top-flight meetings with Arsenal. A loss on Saturday would see the Eagles lose six successive league fixtures for the first time since March 2001. On the other side of the touchline, the Gunners are unbeaten, 11-2-0, in their last 13 away games in all competitions.
Kagisho Dikgacoi could return to the heart of the Palace midfield to add a bit more bite to a side that collapsed against Fulham last time out while Marouane Chamakh could start against his former club after missing out last week. Yannick Bolasie impressed on his first start of the season and is likely to retain a starting berth.
Jack Wilshere is a doubt after suffering yet another ankle injury in the midweek Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Mathieu Flamini missed that match after sustaining a head injury against Norwich last week, but he should be back for the trip to Selhurst Park. Also, Theo Walcott is expected to be out for another two or three weeks.
Players to watch out for
Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace): The former Arsenal striker will undoubtedly be looking to put in a strong performance against his former club. The extra motivation could mean a good outing for the striker.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal): The German playmaker has been one of the best transfer deals of the summer. The Gunners’ record buy has been in scintillating form and has been instrumental in Arsenal’s sustained flight at the top of the table.
Predicted Starting line ups
Few will expect anything other than a comprehensive away victory, with Ozil, Cazorla and Ramsey far too good for their opponents once again.
Crystal Palace 0-3 Arsenal