Arsenal predicted line-up against Crystal Palace

By on March 17, 2023

Arsenal will have to brush off the Europa League setback and shift focus to the Premier League quickly as they face off against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

Following the Europa League elimination, the Gunners only have the league games left to focus on this season. So, losing to Sporting Lisbon could be a blessing in disguise for the north London club in their quest for the title.

Arsenal will be looking to go all out against Palace and come away with all three points in order to extend the gap up top, especially given Manchester City won’t be in action in the league this weekend due to their F.A Cup commitments.

On the other hand, Crystal Palace have been enduring a dire time in recent months as they are currently winless since new year’s Eve. And as a consequence of that, Patrick Vieira has been sacked just ahead of this fixture. So, Palace will be coming in this game without a manager in charge.

Expected Arsenal line-up

Mikel Arteta made a few changes in midweek but went with a pretty strong side. So, the Spaniard is likely to bring his key men back to the starting Xl this weekend.

Aaron Ramsdale is set to continue between the sticks and Matt Turner will once again be on the bench. William Saliba limped off with a back problem before the interval in midweek so he is in doubt ahead of this fixture. The Frenchman will be assessed and if he isn’t deemed fit enough to start then Rob Holding is expected to commence alongside Gabriel Magalhaes in the Gunners’ backline. Meaning Jakub Kiwior will remain on the bench.

Takehiro Tomiyasu also sustained an injury versus Ruben Amorim’s side and he is set for a spell on the sidelines. So, Ben White should start at right back for Arsenal and Oleksandr Zinchenko will be on the opposite side. Kieran Tierney is likely to be among the Arsenal substitutes.

Thomas Partey will return to the starting eleven, replacing Jorginho. And in front of the Ghanaian, Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard should be the advanced midfielders for Arsenal, leaving Fabio Vieira on the bench this Sunday.

After starting in midweek, Gabriel Jesus was taken off at the interval – which indicates he is not fit enough to play a full 90 minutes. So, the Brazilian may not start against Palace and in that case, Arteta could go with Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Leandro Trossard as the front three.

Meaning, Reiss Nelson could return to the reserve bench alongside Emile Smith Rowe. Mohamed Elneny remains sidelined with injury problems in this encounter.

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