View from the Enemy – Palace v Arsenal Preview

So this weeks View From The Enemy comes from the official Crystal Palace website ahead of Arsenal’s visit this evening. The good news is that Palace have only beaten Arsenal 4 times in 41 meetings. The bad news is that Arsenal haven’t any London derby this year!

Preview: Crystal Palace v Arsenal

Roy Hodgson’s side return to Selhurst Park after picking up four points on the road and in the process set their own Premier League record of going eight games unbeaten.

After the Boxing Day fixtures the side still remain outside the bottom three ahead of tonight’s game against Arsenal with memories still fresh in supporters minds of the 3-0 victory recorded in this fixture by Palace in April earlier this year.

Arsenal Sitting In Sixth Place

Since their victory against Tottenham last month Arsene Wenger’s side have only lost one of their next six top flight games but come into this game having won just two on the road this season.

The Gunners currently sit in sixth and four points off fourth place as the push for the top places at the right end of the table will be as competitive as ever in the second half of the season.

Leading marksman for the north London side is Alexandre Lacazette with eight goals ahead of Alexis Sánchez with five to his name in the top flight this term.

View From The Opposition

Arsene Wenger on Palace’s recent form

“They were a bit unlucky at the start. They had many injuries. If you look at their team, they have quality players. Roy Hodgson has experience of the Premier League, so I am not surprised.”

Team News

Crystal Palace: Hodgson has Christian Benteke back for selection following his one match suspension and Joel Ward looks likely to once again miss out with a groin injury.

Arsenal: Defender Nacho Monreal picked up a ankle injury in the draw with Liverpool and is doubtful for the game.

Forward Olivier Giroud and midfielder Aaron Ramsey are still missing with hamstring problems whilst Santi Cazorla has an ankle injury.

Matchday Officials

Michael Oliver has taken charge of 20 games this season, including Champions League matches and a World Cup qualifier. He has shown 81 yellow cards and dismissed five players in those matches.

The last Eagles game he took charge of was the recent 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion whilst it was back in November at Manchester City that he last was in the middle for an Arsenal match.

Referee: Michael Oliver

Assistants: Simon Bennett, Daniel Cook

Fourth official: Graham Scott

Matchday Stats

Palace are unbeaten in their last six home league games (W3, D3) and have scored two goals in each game.

Palace are on an eight-match unbeaten run (W3, D5) – their longest top-flight run since a 12-match stretch in October 1990.

The Gunners have kept a clean sheet in all three of their Premier League London derbies this season and can go four London derbies without conceding for the first time since February 1999.

Arsenal have only won two Premier League away games this season – their joint-fewest tally after nine away games of a campaign in the Premier League era

Arsenal haven’t won any of their five Premier League London derbies away from the Emirates in 2017 (W0 D2 L3) and have failed to score in the last four of these.

Head To Head

Palace wins – Draws – Arsenal wins

League 3….. 9…….. 22

FA Cup 0…. 1……… 2

League Cup 1.. 1 …….. 2

Total 4 ….. 11 ……. 26


  1. Me says:

    I wonder if its possible that Arsenal can finish 50 points behind the leaders this season?
    24 points behind already at the half way point Wenger will surely see this as a challenge…

    1. muffdiver says:


      1. Me says:

        Arsenal finished 18 points behind Chelsea last season.
        24 points behind City at the half way point.
        Is this the catalyst for change that bald headed bell end promised us?
        Wenger is incompetent – unless of course there is someone out there willing to argue that he is doing a brilliant job…

  2. kev says:

    The thing that worries me is seeing Xhaka play.I hope thag Wenger does the right thing and benches him today because we really could be ripped apart.Even if he wants to play Xhaka this is not the kind of game for him as I expect this to be a game full of pace which Xhaka can’t stand.I also don’t understand why Chambers or Holding have noy got a look in the lineup due to the abysmal display of some of oud CB’s.We nedd to play them in this kind of matches,to actually know if they’re any good.As things stand we can’t really judge them this season and have no solid basis to sell either of them.We need to test and push some of our players really.

    1. Me says:

      I worry more when I see Wenger.
      Its like a nightmare that never ends…

  3. muffdiver says:

    ever seen wilfred zaha play like ronaldinho?
    me neither!!!

    tonight is gonna be such a treat 🙂

    jokes. we can win . we got this, 3 points in the bag etc

    up the gooners

  4. Fab says:

    Why not go for Kane, he is superbly world class. We just need to hand spurs 100pnds

    1. Fab says:

      Ok,to the one who thumbed me down let then assume then Giroud is far better than Kane

      1. GB says:

        Wasn’t me I don’t go in for this childish thumbing system but just to say they would not accept it and he would not want to come to us.

  5. GB says:

    Chambers is in tonight and Kala is back too.

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