Arsenal are playing Swansea, who are second bottom of the Premier League at this moment, and everyone in the world (or at least 99 out of every 100) would be predicting 3 points for the Gunners today, but we all know that things are never so cut and dried in the Premier League. .......Read the full article here
Paul Clement may have just arrived in the Premiership as Swansea’s third manager this season, but considering that he has come straight from the Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich – who are the Gunners next opponents in the Champions League – he had already been involved in working out how to get the better of Arsene Wenger’s men. .......Read the full article here
At the halfway point of the season, Arsenal are in their usual position of battling for the Champions League places, while Swansea are at the opposite end of the table (as usual) in a relegation dogfight. But in the recent history of this fixture, these facts mean absolutely nothing on the day, and the Swans have an amazing record of confounding the odds against the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
Preston North End may not be up with the front-runners in the Championship due to losing their first 3 League games of the season, but they are notoriously hard to beat recently with 3 wins and 2 draws in their last 6 League games. In fact they have only lost three out of their last 17 Championship games. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal travel down to the South Coast this morning to take on a Bournemouth side managed by the highly respected Eddie Howe,and the Cherries are definitely going to be well organised and tactically prepared to face the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal travel to face Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium tomorrow night with the pressure on for both sides. Arsenal have seen all our top-of-the-table rivals, except Liverpool, take all three points ahead of tonight’s match, and will be looking to add to Chelsea’s pressure in Wednesday’s visit to White Hart Lane. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal are back to winning ways with two successive victories after their little blip, but they are currently 9 points behind the leaders Chelsea, but do any of us really believe that we can still make up the ground and win the Premier League at the end of the season? According to our JustArsenal poll, 55% of us do believe we can still win it, but one person who thinks that there is very little hope is the respected TV Pundit Gary Neville. .......Read the full article here
This week’s View From The Enemy comes direct from the Crystal Palace Official
website, and although they don’t really give an opinion on how the game will go, the bare facts make very grim reading for Eagles fans. In fact every single stat points to an Arsenal win, until you see that the Gunners were extremely hot favourites for this fixture last year as well – But Palace still managed to walk away with a point!
But this is the Premier League, and the only thing you can be sure of is to expect the unexpected! So anyway here is the official Preview in full….
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Palace kick off 2017 with a trip to the Emirates Stadium on New Year’s Day, as Sam Allardyce goes in search of his first win as Eagles manager.
Should he achieve that, then he’ll be the first Palace manager since Alan Smith to record a win at the home of the Gunners, which came way back in October 1994 thanks to a John Salako brace.
The two team’s records on the 1st January are poles apart, as while Arsenal haven’t lost a home league game on this date since 1985, the Eagles have won just one of their last seven league games away from home on New Year’s Day which came in 1996 at Portsmouth.
After suffering back-to-back defeats to Everton and Manchester City which saw Arsene Wenger’s team slip behind the league’s leaders, they bounced back by edging a 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day thanks to Olivier Giroud’s goal.
Arsene Wenger: “Palace has a talented squad, because they have potential going forward, they are quick on the break and they are very versatile. They can be good in the air with Benteke, who is also good technically, and they can be quick in transition with Townsend and Zaha.
“In the last game, they played with Flamini, Puncheon and Cabaye in midfield. They have experience, they have technical quality. It’s a team that can be dangerous for everybody.”
Arsenal: Kieran Gibbs will miss this game after he got a knock to the knee against West Brom, but Shkodran Mustafi should be available after a hamstring injury.
Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed Boxing Day with slight injuries but could return, but Santi Cazorla and Mathieu Debuchy are both still on the sidelines with long-term injuries.
Danny Welbeck has returned to training after seven months out but this game might come too soon for him, and Wenger has also suggested a couple of members of his squad are suffering with flu.
Palace: Damien Delaney is unavailable for this game after he picked up his fifth booking of the season against Watford.
James McArthur, Joe Ledley and James Tomkins are all close to being fit for this game, but maybe be given more time to recover for the game against Swansea City 48 hours later.
Sam Allardyce has suggested that Loic Remy is edging nearer a first-team return but that is likely to be next week in the FA Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers.
HEAD TO HEAD