Crystal Palace will be at Selhurst Park this Saturday to host Arsenal in the English Premier League game week 22 and it is always a difficult game to predict between both sides looking at their previous meetings. Crystal Palace has not always be easy for the Gunners to play and that is why Saturday game between both side will be a game to watch out for. Although, there has been some noticeable improvement in the Arsenal team under their new manager Mikel Arteta after a disappointing lose to Chelsea and a great come back against Manchester United, it is obviously clear now that the Gunners are now showing more aggressiveness in their game which they lack under Unai Emery and interim manager Ljungberg. Palace should be ready to face a well rebranded Gunners side because in just four games, it is well clear that the manager is trying to instill what he has gained with the man he worked with for almost two and half years in person of Pep Guadiola. The team against Manchester United look dangerous with and without the ball and it is going to be a revised edition against Crystal Palace.
Despite starting the season in a better form, it has not be easy for Crystal Palace recently as they were able to manage a win in their last 6 games in the EPL and aside from that, they also lost to Derby in the FA cup recently. The team will be without many of his players due to injuries and suspension but Ayew will be on ground to lead the Eagle's, Ayew may not be as good as some strikers in the league such as Aguero, Vardy, Kane and many others but he is a player that can give the Gunners a run for their money with his work rate while Benteke may likely be on ground for selection after recovering back from injury. Milivojevic will not feature in the game due to suspension against Derby while the likes of Ward, Sakho, Townsend, Schlupp, and Scott Dann are all out to injuries. Zaha this season has won the possession in the opposition half on 17 occasions with 14 from Ayew and both players are going to be a threat for the Gunners.
The Gunners don't have much injury updates unlike Palace and will only be without Chambers and Kieran Tierney who is still out to injury. With Arteta as the manager of the team now, it seems the Gunners has gotten their man with lots of improvement in the team in just three games in charge. Looking at the team performance under Arteta and other manager who has worked with the club this season, the Gunners has recorded more possession in the opposition half under their new manager than with Emery and Ljungberg, the team covered a distance of 114.2 km against Manchester United 112.7 km against Chelsea more than they have done under their former managers and with the team looking stronger in every game under their new manger, Palace manager must fully prepare for a tough game at Selhurst Park. Arsenal need to be more dogged and compose themselves once again in the midfield and Xhaka is a kind of player that can provide them with that in the midfield.
Possible Line Up
Guaita, Kelly, Tomkins, Cahill, Woods, McCarthy, Kouyate, McArthur, Ayew, Benteke, Zaha
Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette
It is going to be another test game for Arsenal manager Arteta and with the result of previous meetings between both teams, the outcome of the game will be very hard to predict but one thing that is very certain about the game is goals because each of their last five meetings has provided averagely over 3.5 goals with Arsenal form like this (DLDWW) and Palace form like this (DWDLL)
Tip: Crystal Palace 1- Arsenal 2