The last time Arsenal won a game was when they narrowly beat Crystal Palace away on the 28th December, since then the Gunners have failed to win again during which Arsene Wenger has called the ‘most disturbing transfer window ever’ and we have dropped to an incredible 8 points behind the Top Four, and are in real danger of dropping away further if we don’t start putting a run of wins together. Our away record has been absolutely awful this season with just 3 wins from 12 attempts and just 13 points from a possible 36…
But the Gunners have a great home record, except for a few draws lately lol, and they are currently hot favourites to win the game at around 1.5, but I personally wouldn’t back them at that price unless I took advantage of the Bet365 bonus code via bookie-bonus-code.co.uk which can get you up to 200 quid of their own money to bet with! I do believe the Gunners will win, but you can’t help worrying when the Gunners haven’t won any of their last 4 League games, while Palace haven’t lost any of theirs. Not a safe investment at all at that price as far as I am concerned.
Just like our last game, when the Gunners threw away a winning position again at Bournemouth, and Granit Xhaka has explained our position succinctly. “We’ve got three games coming up now which are hugely important and will show which direction we are going in.” he said. “We need to wake up. We need to improve the small things, the small details and if we do that, I am sure we will get on the right path again.
“We are happy to be back [at the Emirates]. We have got a lot of points this season at home. Palace are a good side and they are doing well. They are on a good run.
“They made it difficult for us recently when we played them. They are solid at the back and up front they have got talent as well with the likes of Zaha and Benteke. For us, we are at home, we need the three points and that is very much the objective.”
We can’t expect today’s game to be easy though as Palace are unbeaten in the League since our last meeting, with a draw against the runaway League leaders Manchester City and wins against Southampton and high-flying Burnley. They are in good form and have been heartened by the fact that Arsenal will be without our two best players. Mesut Ozil is still out with a knee injury and everyone knows Alexis Sanchez is on his way to Man United. This has particularly cheered up Wilfried Zaha, who said: “Not having Sanchez there on Saturday is going to be like having a weight taken off our shoulders because he makes loads of runs in and out.
“He was one of the main players who made us struggle the last time we played Arsenal.
“It’s won’t be easier but it will be one less person to handle on the day.”
Christian Benteke is also a boost for them as he missed our last matchup through suspension, while Arsenal will also miss Giroud and Kolasinac as options. But in our favour Arsene Wenger is hoping that our returning defenders Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal can help cut out our errors at the back, which could be crucial against an attacking Palace side. We could really do with a clean sheet as we have conceded silly ggoals in each of our last five. Perhaps the return of our captain will make the difference today.
Anyway here is how I think we will line-up today without the outgoing Alexis Sanchez…
Mustafi Koscielny Monreal
Bellerin Wilshere Xhaka Maitland-Niles
I think our biggest problem today will be our lack of confidence at the moment, which seriously needs to be addressed, but I’m hoping the news of Alexis’ departure will make our players want to go out and prove that they don’t need him and get back in the winning groove.
It won’t be easy though, so I am going for a decidedly nervous 2-1 win to the Gunners. What do you think?