Arsenal will be looking to win a fourth Premier League match in a row, when Crystal Palace arrive at the Emirates this evening.
The Gunners’ manager Mikel Arteta was under increasing pressure at the back end of 2020, with Arsenal slipping closer and closer to the relegation zone. However, three points tonight will lift the north London side into the top half of the table.
Crystal Palace have won just one of their last seven Premier League games, but have picked up draws on each of their last two visits to Arsenal.
The Eagles certainly have the edge when it comes to recent meetings with Arsenal, undefeated in the last four matches between the sides with one win over Arteta’s men.
However, looking further back Palace often struggle against Arsenal, winning just five of the last 47 meetings in all competitions, with the Gunners scoring in each of their 20 home matches.
Arsenal will however be looking to shore up their defence tonight, with Arteta’s side set to break a club record of 12 consecutive Premier League home games without a clean sheet, should Palace register a goal.
Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey could return for Arsenal after a month out with injury. Gabriel could also return for the home side, after a period of self-isolation following Coronavirus symptoms. Gabriel Martinelli is out injured for the Gunners.
Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho picked up an injury in last week’s FA Cup game against Wolves and misses out. However, Gary Cahill is available again for the Eagles after a hamstring problem.