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Preview: Arsenal v Crystal Palace

20 January 2018

Palace put their five-game away unbeaten run in the Premier League on the line when they face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon, searching for their first win at the venue.

Roy Hodgson's team haven't lost on their league travels since they were last in north London to take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on 5th November, and they will be looking to extend that form at the expense of the Gunners, who have struggled on and off the field since they beat Palace 3-2 at Selhurst Park just 23 days before the teams do battle again.

With the future of Alexis Sanchez dominating the headlines in recent weeks, Arsenal have struggled without the Chile international in their ranks. Wenger has also seen Theo Walcott depart for Everton this week, while the futures of Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are also up in the air, meaning there is a lot on the Frenchman's plate right now.

Nightmare start to 2018 for Wenger

Arsenal

Since beating Palace, the Gunners have failed to win any of their subsequent five matches, with league draws against West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea followed by last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth. 

Wenger was on the sidelines for that game due to his comments following the controversial draw at The Hawthorns, and he was watched from afar whilst Arsenal's defence of the FA Cup ended meekly at Nottingham Forest - the first time they'd exited the competition at the third round stage during the Frenchman's 21-year tenure.

While one chance of silverware has disappeared, they did record an encouraging 1-1 draw at Chelsea in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, with the return game at the Emirates following the weekend's encounter with the Eagles.

View From The Opposition

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger: "I am confident yes, but it is down to our performance. Crystal Palace were in a good run before we played against them and since they have had positive results again, so we just have to focus on our performance and make that we win the game.

"It is difficult at the moment, but as well very exciting because we have many challenges in front of us. We of course play the semi-final next week and after we have the Europa League as well, which is another target, so we have to very quickly get over this transfer period because for us especially this period has been more disturbing than ever.

"Why? Because we have big players that are at the end of their contract and that is the first time that it happens, that we have such influential players close to the end of their contracts and it has been more destabilising than ever."

Team News

Hodgson has revealed that Joel Ward could be available again having trained with the squad for the past 10 games following his groin injury, and Yohan Cabaye is also available again.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is touch-and-go to feature as he recovers from a back issue, but Andros Townsend, Jeffrey Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Connor Wickham are out long-term.

Wenger has admitted that he could have Mesut Ozil, Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny back for the visit of Palace, but youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles is struggling with illness. Should Sanchez's proposed move to Manchester United fall through, then Wenger has stated he'll feature on the weekend.

Having been involved in five goals in his last eight games against the Eagles, Hodgson will be pleased to hear that Olivier Giroud is a week away from recovering from a hamstring injury.

Matchday Officials

Chris Kavanagh

Chris Kavanagh takes charge of his first ever Palace, and indeed Arsenal, match on Saturday. He made his Premier League debut in April 2017 but before then he had been fourth official in the top-flight on a number of occasions. He has referreed eight Premier League games in 2017/18, showing 30 yellow cards and no reds.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistant Refs: Peter Kirkup and Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner

Matchday Stats

After a run of 12 consecutive home Premier League wins, the Gunners have won just one of their last four at the Emirates (D2 L1)

Meanwhile, after losing eight consecutive away Premier League games, the Eagles are unbeaten in their last five on the road (W2 D3). Only Liverpool (6) are on a current longer run without defeat away from home in the division. 

Bakary Sako is Crystal Palace's top scorer in all competitions this season (6), and has scored in his last two competitive games. He's not scored in three games in a row in the same season of English football since he was at Wolves in February 2015. 

Head-to-Head

  Palace wins Draws Arsenal wins
League 3 9 23
FA Cup 0 1 2
League Cup 1 1 2
Total 4 11

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Matchday Information 

Tickets for away fans are sold out.

Information On Getting To The Emirates Stadium.

Visiting Supporters Guide For Fans travelling to The Emirates.

Food menu for the away concourse.

Please arrive early as there will be full searches and ticket inspections before entry. Turnstiles will open 1 ½ hours before kick-off to allow plenty of time for access. 

There are no ‘left luggage’ facilities at Emirates Stadium.

Live Coverage

If you can’t make it to the Emirates Stadium for the game, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Sunday morning. 

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Match Reports

Report: Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace

20 January 2018

A nightmare start for Crystal Palace cost them dearly as they conceded four times in the opening 22 minutes to hand Arsenal a comfortable victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Nacho Monreal headed the hosts ahead after just five minutes before quickfire strikes from Alex Iwobi and Laurent Koscielny put them 3-0 ahead after just 13, before Alexandre Lacazette added to the misery with a fourth midway through a disastrous first half.

Playing only for pride, Roy Hodgson’s team were much more improved in the second and managed to pull a goal back when captain Luka Milivojevic netted a superb volley following a corner, but it was a mere consolation as Palace tasted defeat for only the second time in their last 13 league games – both at the hands of Arsenal.

The Eagles’ sluggish start to proceedings meant that their afternoon was virtually over with only a quarter of the game played. The opener took just five minutes to arrive when Wayne Hennessey was forced to concede a corner by tipping over an effort from Mohamed Elneny, and after Granit Xhaka whipped it towards the back post, Monreal escaped from James McArthur to mark his comeback from injury with a free header into the net.

And just five minutes later, it was 2-0. Some intricate passing between Iwobi and Lacazette saw the Frenchman edge into the Eagles area where he was tackled by Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who could only hook the ball towards Monreal. Sensing an opportunity, the left-back got to the byline and cut the ball back for Iwobi to steer goalwards, and despite Hennessey getting a hand to it, he couldn’t prevent his team falling further behind.

Already facing the proverbial mountain to climb, Palace looked shell-shocked and that hesitancy was soon pounced upon again by the Gunners who added a third on 13 minutes to all-but put the game to bed. Once again a Xhaka corner proved to be Hodgson’s team undoing which was again sent deep towards Monreal, and he nodded it into the path of Koscielny who bundled it over the line from close range.

Things would then get even worse midway through the first half when amazingly a fourth goal was netted in vintage Arsenal fashion. After a sustained period of possession, Mesut Ozil found Jack Wilshere in space who returned the ball to the German, and a cute backheel gave Lacazette a sight of goal which he took, and once again, Hennessey couldn’t quite prevent it nestling into the bottom corner and put Arsene Wenger’s team out of sight.

Thankfully for the beleaguered Eagles, the onslaught slowed up and they began to enjoy some pressure themselves with Bakary Sako forcing Petr Cech into a save with a low blast, and the veteran shot-stopper was called upon again just before the interval when Wilfried Zaha had a shot that deflected off Koscielny but the Czech keeper showed great reactions to get a big hand up to claw the ball away.

A half that Hodgson and his team would rather forget finally came to its conclusion, giving the chance for the Eagles boss to try and reenergise his players for the second half and soon after the restart Cech made another save, albeit comfortable, after Martin Kelly tried to reduce the arrears from six yards out after a corner.

With the game in the bag, Arsenal were oozing with confidence and Hennessey did well to deny Iwobi his second when a breathtaking pass by Ozil sent the Nigerian winger through on goal, and even when Palace had good opportunities they were finding Cech in imperious form, such as when Bakary Sako’s fine cross-field pass into Christian Benteke’s path seemed set to allow the Belgian to pull one back, but the Gunners custodian stayed big to deny him.

But on 77 minutes, they did find a way past him to get the goal that their second half display merited. Zaha won a corner on the right which was sent into the box by Yohan Cabaye, and after Benteke nodded the down to Milivojevic, he controlled the ball on his chest before rifling a volley into the bottom corner, however, it was way too late to stage any sort of comeback.

Indeed, the afternoon would get worse for Hodgson as Cabaye was stretchered off in the dying minutes after a challenge by Shkodran Musafi, adding to an ever-increasingly injury list in south London.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal (Maitland-Niles 34), Xhaka, Elneny, Iwobi (Kolasinac 82), Wilshere, Ozil (Nelson 73), Lacazette. Subs not used: Ospina, Chambers, Mertesacker, Nketiah.

Palace: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, Kelly, Van Aanholt, Zaha, Milivojevic, Cabaye (Riedewald 90), McArthur, Sako, Benteke. Subs not used: Speroni. Ward, Souare, Delaney, Lee, Townsend.

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Ticket News

Arsenal Away Match Tickets Sold Out

28 December 2017

The away match against Arsenal, on Saturday January 20th 2018, is now sold out but we are operating a waiting list should any become available.

Any supporters who would like to be added to our waiting list can email boxoffice@cpfc.co.uk with the subject “Arsenal Waiting List”, including their name(s), Client Reference(s), and a contact telephone number.

Prices:
Adults: £30
65+: £16
Under-19s: £16
Under-17s: £10

Disabled supporters receive a free Personal Assistant ticket (must be booked in person at the Box Office, or by calling 08712 000 071).

Coach travel will be available for this match, departing Selhurst Park at 11.30am and is priced at £15 per seat.

Any further queries on this match please call the ticket line on 08712 000 071, or in person at the Box Office.

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