Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal – Premier League Match Preview

Posted by: Amir Houshangi

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Despite a decent performance midweek versus Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal lost their first Champions League match and had their unbeaten run ended by the Germans, who sneaked by with a goal toward the tail end of the match. No time to dwell on that, however, as a winning goal or late equalizer only eluded us by a matter of inches.

The focus turns instead to Crystal Palace, who only sit above lowly Sunderland in the table, with only one win to their credit. Palace were further sent reeling when Ian Holloway opted to resign his post as manager, and manager Orc Handler Tony Pulis has taken his place. This will probably naturally mean that Pulis will instruct his side to play the Stoke way and foul their way around the pitch as that appears to be the only “tactic” he employed with Stoke.

The only notable member in their squad is former Arsenal forward Marouane Chamakh who has failed to make any impact thus far (though many people can attest that his chant is my absolute favorite). The rest of their squad has failed to adapt to their new Premier League surroundings and may or may not get a boost from Pulis’ involvement.

As for the squad, there will be a boost to the squad with the involvement of Flamini, who was missed during the Dortmund match for his physical presence and defensive positioning. Wilshere is potentially out with a minor ankle issue, but has not been ruled out just yet. The core of Szczesny and the back four that started against Dortmund should remain intact. If Wilshere is out, Flamini and Arteta should line up together.

Aaron Ramsey had a costly turnover that led to the first Dortmund goal on Tuesday, but overall was still involved well in the attack and should feature. The only issue is determining if Ozil should start alongside Rosicky or Cazorla, who both were excruciatingly close to scoring against Dortmund. Nevertheless, expect all four of those midfielders to feature at one point, and hopefully they will be feeding Giroud some dazzling assists to help Arsenal take down Crystal Palace. They may be bottom-dwellers, but a manager change is always tricky (especially when it is a manager with a history of telling his players to foul with reckless abandon).

Look to Arsenal to return to their winning ways and bounce back from a tough loss.

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