In-form Arsenal will be hoping to secure their fourth successive Premier League win when Crystal Palace visit the Emirates on Thursday night.
The Gunners came in for much criticism earlier this season but have turned it around to climb up the table.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League tonightGetty Images – Getty
They smashed West Brom in their last league outing and will be hoping to see off Palace this evening.
Roy Hodgson’s Eagles are a point off Arsenal and also won their last top-flight game, seeing off Sheffield United.
These London rivals drew both their meetings last season including a 2-2 tie in this fixture.
Palace came from two down to claim a point in north London.
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Arsenal v Crystal Palace: How to listen
This match will get under way at 8pm on Thursday, January 14.
Full coverage from the Emirates will be exclusively live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 7pm.
Hugh Woozencroft will be your host and commentary will from Sam Matterface and Tony Cascarino.
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Arsenal v Crystal Palace: Confirmed teams
Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Maitland-Niles, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka, Smith-Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Subs: Gabriel, Willian, Runarsson, Cedric, Thomas, Pepe, Chambers, Willock, Nketiah
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Kouyate, Mitchell, Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Eze, Benteke, Zaha
Subs: Butland, van Aanholt, Dann, Ayew, Clyne, McCarthy, Batshuayi, Cahill, Riedewald
Arsenal v Crystal Palace: What has been said?
Mikel Arteta has talked up the importance of Arsenal’s next two games and called on his squad to make the Emirates a fortress again.
He said: “I think the next two games are crucial to see the direction that we are taking and to reinforce all the things that we have improved on and the results that we are having recently.
“There’s a lot of games coming up now, some important ones as well. We need to get our home form established. We’ve had some issues there and now it’s time to get some wins.
“We’ve got two at home right now that are going to be key for the future of our season in the Premier League and the team is in great spirits. Obviously, after four wins everything looks better.”
Arteta has only faced Crystal Palace once since he took over at Arsenal in December 2019 and that ended in a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park a year ago.
He added: “They are a really dangerous side and they have shown that against big teams. They are a really compact and organised team and you know what you’re going to expect against Roy Hodgson.
“They have players with a big individual talent that just need moments to win games, to create actions that can unbalance the game so we have to be very careful with that. Then, we have to play to be dominant again in the game.”
Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha will want to gun down his former admirers ArsenalGetty – Pool
Arsenal v Crystal Palace: Match stats and facts
Arsenal are winless in their last four Premier League matches against Crystal Palace (D3 L1), their longest winless run against the Eagles in the top-flight.
In all competitions, Crystal Palace have registered just five wins in 47 previous matches against Arsenal (D14 L28), though they are unbeaten in their last two at the Emirates (W1 D1).
Arsenal have lost their last two home Premier League matches played on Thursday, losing 0-3 to Man City in March 2018 and 1-2 to Brighton in December 2019. However, they did beat Crystal Palace the last time the sides met on a Thursday, winning 3-2 in December 2017.
Arsenal have conceded at least once in each of their last 11 Premier League home games – they last had a longer run without a home clean sheet between October 1983 and August 1984 (18 games).
In their 2-0 victory against Sheffield United last time out, Crystal Palace kept their first clean sheet of the season since their opening day victory against Southampton. The Eagles last recorded back-to-back Premier League shutouts between February-June 2020 (4).
Arsenal have earned more points in Premier League London derbies this season than any of the other five sides from the capital (9). Indeed, the Gunners have won three of their four London derby matches this season, already one more than they did in the whole of 2019-20 (W2 D4 L2).
Arsenal are looking to win four consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October 2018 (7 in a row). The Gunners have scored eight goals in their last three Premier League matches, more than they had in their previous 12 combined (7).
Alexandre Lacazette has scored seven Premier League goals this season, more than twice as many as any other Arsenal player. The Frenchman is averaging a league goal every 124 minutes this season, and has a shot conversion rate of 30.4%, his best returns in a single campaign since joining the Gunners.
Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic has scored five goals in six Premier League appearances against Arsenal, with four of those coming from the penalty spot. The only player to score more Premier League penalties against the Gunners is Harry Kane (5).
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has been involved in a goal in each of his last three Premier League appearances, scoring twice and assisting another. The last teenager to be involved in a goal in four straight Premier League games was Cesc Fàbregas (also with Arsenal in April 2007), while Saka could be the youngest to do so (19y 131d) since Wayne Rooney in March 2004 (18y 148d).
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