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Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Match preview, tickets, team news & score prediction

By on October 7, 2021

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Arsenal will look to continue their recent good form when they take on Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium after the international break.

Mikel Arteta spent over £140m in the summer but oversaw the clubs worst start to a season in over 60 years after Arsenal lost their opening three Premier League matches without scoring a single goal.

However, the Spanish coach has managed to turn things around as the Gunners won all four of their games in September – including an impressive 3-1 win over Tottenham in the North London Derby.

Arsenal played out a solid 0-0 draw at in-form Brighton last time out to extend their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions so they’ll be desperate to maintain that run with another positive result against Palace.

However, the Gunners will be up against a familiar face as Patrick Vieira returns to his former club having taken over as Crystal Palace manager in the summer so the Frenchman will be hoping to take something away from his old employers.

Tickets

It used to be almost impossible to get hold of Arsenal tickets just a few years ago but with the club falling out of the top four, fans are finding it easier and easier to watch matches in the flesh.

More Category B and C games have been going on sale to red members and some even make it to general sale. Vieira’s return may boost the attendance at this match but we’d still expect a healthy number of tickets to be available in the days leading up to the game.

If you can’t get hold of a ticket or can’t make it to the Emirates then you can watch the match from the comfort of your home as Arsenal versus Crystal Palace will be broadcast live on Sky Sports on Monday 18th, kick-off 8pm.

Team news

Arsenal will continue to be without the services of Granit Xhaka as the midfielder is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering knee ligament damage against Tottenham last month. Xhaka has undergone surgery and won’t be back until early 2022.

Bukayo Saka was forced off with a knock during Arsenal’s draw with Brighton last weekend but the winger is expected to make a swift recovery so should be available to face Palace.

Otherwise, Arteta has a fully fit squad to choose from and the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli are pushing for recalls after being named on the bench recently.

As for Crystal Palace, they’ll have to make-do without Eberechi Eze as the youngster has been ruled out for several weeks with a calf injury. Nathan Ferguson is also out with a heel injury.

Predicted score

Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace: It will be an emotional return to north London for Vieira and his Palace side have looked decent in recent weeks having thrashed Tottenham and taken points off Brighton and Leicester.

However, this will be a very tough game for the Eagles and Arsenal will be confident of collecting all three points on home soil. Arteta has found his best eleven and even without Xhaka, they should have too much for Palace.

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