OFFICIAL Arsenal team and preview for crucial Crystal Palace trip

It is not quite win or bust for Arsenal at Selhurst Park tonight, but after Liverpool, Man City, Tottenham Chelsea and even the draw specialists Man United won at the weekend you would have to say that the Gunners really need all three points tonight.

Our opponents have just hit a rocky patch in their recent return to form and with a huge injury list their manager Sam Allardyce would surely be happy with anything from tonight´s game, but that also adds to the pressure on the Gunners to come out firing and carry on the improvement we have seen lately.

With all this in mind it appears that even more focus than usual will be on the creative, attacking and scoring side of Arsenal´s game, with the Eagles likely to sit back and soak up the pressure while hoping for a breakaway goal. With Arsene Wenger having to do without the first and second choice keepers as well as our best defender Laurent Koscielny, this probably suits Arsenal as well.

The home team´s forward options are okay, though, and in form and with Cabaye a surprise inclusion after major doubts on his fitness I think we need to be careful and not too gung ho this evening. and with Coquelin on the bench the central midfield of Xhaka and Elneny must be disciplined as well as effective.

Martinez
Bellerin, Mustafi, Gabriel, Monreal
Elneny, Xhaka
Walcott, Ozil, Alexis
Welbeck

Subs: Macey, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chaberlain, Giroud.

Come on Arsenal, we need this.

Bob.

137 Comments

  1. Ronny says:

    Now what other pl team would not sack their manager after this?
    Are our players doing a Leicester to Wenger I can’t really believe we’ve become this bad overnight.
    They want him gone surely!

  2. John0711 says:

    Think what you like but Ozil epitomises the club
    Someone who doesn’t have too much pressure to do anything but make money
    He is not WC

  3. dboy says:

    Where are the AKB’s?? Went to bed already!

  4. gmv8 says:

    What more does it take for Wenger to GO???? Palace taking off their best players because they’re so comfortable, their fan’s OLEing. We pay the top season ticket prices in the world. It is not good enough to make 4th rate sides look like Barcelona.

  5. ks-gunner says:

    Ramsey and captain. holly banana

    1. RSH says:

      captaincy is treated like a hot potato. Embarrassing policy amongst others.

  6. Kiko says:

    Yet ArsenalFanTV will be responsible for this loss. Those guys pay actual money to see this and I feel for them.

  7. Ronny says:

    #kidnapwenger.

  8. JP says:

    Ole football against us irks me… when its Crystal Palace I want to punch something… absolute disgrace of a performance

  9. doggydgunner says:

    Wenger OUT!!!! & take ur mediocre squad with u, we @ Arsenal are fed up with u all. You all have nothing 2 offer.

  10. TH14atl says:

    Look back to the beginning of the season. The beginning of the end began once we changed what was working, which was consistently starting with Alexis through the middle. Giroud came on and scored some goals as a super sub, which prompted Arsene to give him a run of games as the starter through the middle. Since then, Alexis as our guaranteed 9 ended, and with it also went our quality fluidity and Ws. We’ve been bang average ever since.

    Couple that with Santi goin down, which resulted in Arsene trying to force a Coquelin/Xhaka partnership, which never worked, and we’ve been a frustrating team ever since.

    Why cant we ever get the balance right? When will we learn that Theo is not a soccer player? That Giroud is not Arsenal quality? We worry about losing the Ox, but what truthfully has the Ox consistently given us?

  11. dboy says:

    Wenger OUT!!!

  12. Rkw says:

    Just need to see an end of this lost decade .. Wenger has to go now … It’s shocking what has happened to arsenal

  13. Franklin says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. I find it very funny this dude is not fired yet. He’s just another David Moyes.

  14. Franklin says:

    Ozil is the weakest player in the league! Xhaka is the worst signing in the league.

  15. Ronny says:

    @rsh.
    Captaincy got potato, at least an armband is being worn by someone this 2nd half more than can be said the other week.
    This has got to be player mutiny, how can’t it be a repeat of Chelsea and mou, Leicester and ranieri.

  16. John0711 says:

    Question to AKB fans

    What could be worse ?

  17. Ronny says:

    Worst year ever.
    Lost my job due to I’ll health, wife’s left and I’m currently divorcing and my main love that I turn to when I need chearing up fooking sucks, thanks Wenger!

  18. Ronny says:

    David moyes!
    That’s not fair, Fergus on stitched him up royally at mu with an ageing sqaud.

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