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Arsenal manager Unai Emery would have been absolutely delighted with their performance against Napoli in the Europa League thursday night.
The Gunners have been poor away from the Emirates this season, but they put in a professional display on the road to secure their place in the semi-finals with a 1-0 second leg win.
Emery can now refocus his attention on the race for the top four with a match against Crystal Palace on Sunday. Arsenal will be firm favourites for this game, considering their excellent home record this campaign.
The Eagles are, though, a tough team to face away from Selhurst Park. They beat Manchester City 3-2 back in December and only lost 4-3 to Liverpool at Anfield in January.
Roy Hodgson’s side have a better record on the road (23 points) than at home (16 points) so this will be another difficult game for the Gunners.
Here’s Arsenal team news update ahead of Sunday’s match against Crystal Palace:
Serving second of two-match Premier League suspension.
Left hamstring. Will be assessed over the forthcoming days. Will miss Sunday’s match.
Hip. Being assessed ahead of Crystal Palace (h) on Sunday.
Groin. Being assessed ahead of Crystal Palace (h) on Sunday.
Left knee. Continuing with gym based rehabilitation and strengthening post-surgery.
Left knee. Progressing through end stages of gym rehabilitation and conditioning.
Right ankle. Started on-field rehabilitation, conditioning and ball work.
Crystal Palace are without Jeffrey Schlupp, who will miss the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.
Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins are also unavailable.
Arsenal’s Predicted XI To Face Crystal Palace:
Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Palace will have their first-choice centre-back partnership missing. Mamadou Sakho remains out with a knee issue while James Tomkins has been ruled out for the season with a groin injury. Jeffrey Schlupp is also a major doubt due to a muscular problem.
Crystal Palace’s Predicted XI:
Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Dann, van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Townsend, Batshuayi, Zaha
The fixture is due to take place as under…
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Sunday, April 21
Kick off: 4pm (UK time)
- Arsenal’s only defeat in their 18 top-flight home meetings with Crystal Palace came in October 1994 (W14, D3).
- Following their 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park in October, Palace are looking to avoid defeat in both league encounters in a season for the first time since 1979-80.
- The Gunners are vying for an 11th successive top-flight home win, which they’ve never achieved in a single season.
- Arsenal have won 30 of their last 31 Premier League home fixtures against sides outside the established top six, drawing the other game against Wolves in November.
- They have earned twice as many points at home as away this season: the margin of 22 points is the biggest in the division.
- If Arsenal win each of their remaining five league matches, they will finish with more than 80 points for the first time since 2007-08.
- Arsenal have won six straight London derbies at home in the Premier League, their best run since 11 victories in a row between December 2001 and November 2003.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored six Premier League London derby goals this season, more than any other player.
- The Eagles have won three of their past four away fixtures in the Premier League.
- They have earned 59% of their points in away matches this season, the highest ratio in the division.
- Crystal Palace have scored an unrivalled 14 Premier League away goals in 2019 heading into the weekend.
- Palace have only won one of their last 13 Premier League games played on a Sunday, losing on five of the six most recent occasions.
- Their tally of 17 defeats in 2018-19 is the joint-most ever suffered by Roy Hodgson in a Premier League season. He also lost 17 of his matches in charge at West Brom in 2011-12.
- Christian Benteke could make his 200th Premier League appearance. His most recent goal in the division came against Leicester on 28 April last year.