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Palace Preview: Eagles verge on Premier League record v Arsenal

10 January 2020

Crystal Palace’s record against ‘big six’ clubs has always been strong, but until recently, Arsenal were one side who bucked the trend.

From returning to the Premier League in 2013 until New Year’s Day 2017, Palace took one of a possible 21 points from the Gunners. Then, in one of the most iconic victories of this top flight period, the Eagles defeated Arsenal 3-0 at Selhurst months later.

Including that match, Palace have turned around their fortune against the north Londoners - earning eight of a potential 18 points.

Recent fixtures have been high scoring, too, with 26 goals netted over the six meetings.

In fact, both Palace and Arsenal have scored at least twice in each of the last three games between them – no fixture in the competition has seen both sides score two or more goals in four consecutive games. Should the upcoming clash between the Eagles and Gunners record two or more goals apiece, a new Premier League record would therefore be set.

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A late turnaround in form against both Arsenal and clubs from the capital has seen Palace win four of their last nine London derbies - as many as they managed in their last 28 such fixtures.

More encouragingly still, Palace have been dealt just one defeat from their last eight league games and are unbeaten from three in SE25.

The chance to extend their largely unbeaten run both on the whole and against Arsenal is supported by the Gunners’ turbulence this season. Indeed, the Gunners have won just twice in their last 13 league games and are in their worst league position at this stage of the season since 1995.

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Did you know?

The gap of 34 years and 229 days between Roy Hodgson and Mikel Arteta will be the fifth largest between two managers for a game in Premier League history. Arteta was born in the same season Hodgson was taking charge of his first games with Bristol City in 1981/82.

Tactical overview

With Arteta taking over from Unai Emery recently, Arsenal’s tactical approach is a changing field. However one clear switch Arteta implemented immediately after taking over was to utilise Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette together.

Freddie Ljungberg didn't start the pair together once in his final three league games, whereas Arteta has fielded the combination in all of his league matches so far. The move is understandable, too, with Aubameyang and Lacazette having bagged 21 times between them this season.

Aubameyang is averaging a goal or assist every 88 minutes in Premier League London derbies (10 goals, four assists) and has scored against all five London teams he’s faced.

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Team news

Arsenal’s injury list is not too concerning for the north Londoners: Calum Chambers is out for a lengthy period of time due to his ACL, Hector Bellerin was assessed before the recent FA Cup win over Leeds United and so is likely to be in contention to face Palace and Kieran Tierny is sidelined by a dislocated shoulder.

Palace’s list is longer. The following players are not available to play:

  • Christian Benteke
  • Victor Camarasa
  • Scott Dann
  • Luka Milivojevic (suspended)
  • Mamadou Sakho
  • Andros Townsend
  • Patrick van Aanholt
  • Joel Ward

Hodgson has confirmed that Meyer, Riedewald and Zaha are fit and able to play.

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Fans can buy a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49, by clicking here

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You can check out our Instagram story for eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Arsenal clash. With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

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For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

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Match Reports

Palace make it four unbeaten against Arsenal with Selhurst draw

11 January 2020

Jordan Ayew was the man of the moment again for Roy Hodgson's Palace with the striker cancelling out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's opener on 12 minutes, as the Eagles and the Gunners played out a 1-1 draw in south London.

In summary

  • Cenk Tosun makes the matchday squad
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opens scoring on 12 minutes
  • HT: 0-1
  • Jordan Ayew levels for Palace on 54 minutes
  • Aubameyang sent-off for straight red challenge on Max Meyer [VAR suggested red card after initial yellow]
  • Sokratis clears James Tomkins' header off the line
  • FT: 1-1

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When Alexandre Lacazette slipped in Aubameyang to open the scoring on 12 minutes, it was a goal that had been coming for the visitors with the opening spell of the lunchtime kick-off seeing Arsenal dominate possession.

Nicolas Pépé had a couple of half-chance openings which could’ve resulted in worse for the Eagles if it weren’t for an overhit cross and poor control. However, despite those potential opportunities for Arsenal’s right-winger Jaïro Riedewald was dealing with the threat of Pépé well and kept the winger quiet for the majority of the first-half.

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Palace fans’ hopes piqued just before the half-hour mark, though, when Cheikhou Kouyaté intercepted an attempted long ball from David Luiz which set Ayew away with Kouyaté on a two-v-two against Luiz and Sokratis.

Arsenal retreated quickly and despite intricate passing between Ayew, Max Meyer and Wilfried Zaha, Palace couldn’t quite find the opening to test Bernd Leno.

That moment from the Eagles turned the tide of the game with Roy Hodgson’s side growing into the game and captialising on several error-laden passes from Arsenal’s backline to maintain spells of pressure.

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Five minutes before half-time saw Palace’s best chance of the game arrive after Kouyaté pulled off a precise nutmeg in the Arsenal box to create the chance for himself but Leno parried his effort away.

The second-half saw make an Arsenal tactical switch with Matteo Guendouzi replacing Lucas Torreria. However, it didn’t have the desired affect for Mikel Arteta’s side with Palace drawing level nine minutes after the break.

A quickly-taken free-kick from Palace released Meyer down the right-hand side, with the midfielder’s cross finding Ayew who fired home his sixth goal of the season thanks to a deflection off David Luiz.

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Palace were dominating the game after the equaliser and they soon also had a man advantage. Arsenal’s captain Aubameyang was originally issued a yellow card for a late challenge on Max Meyer. However, VAR intervened and referee Paul Tierney took the advice of the Video Assistant Referee and upweighted the colour of Aubameyang’s card to red.

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In amongst the VAR furore, Meyer was unable to continue after the Arsenal striker’s challenge and Hodgson introduced Tosun for his Palace bow.

Palace were looking to make their one-man advantage work and the Eagles were the width of Sokratis’ foot from taking the lead via a Tomkins header, after the centre-back connected well with a well-worked delivery from Zaha. However, Arsenal’s centre-back hooked off the line at the proverbial ‘11th hour’ moment to keep the game level.

A huge warning sign arrived for Palace that Arsenal weren’t out of the game despite the man deficit. However, it was a warning sign that Vicente Guaita saw coming with the ‘keeper pulling off a sensational double save.

Firstly, Nicolas Pépé’s precise curled effort was, somehow, tipped onto the post by Palace’s No.31. But without a moment to enjoy his remarkable save, Guaita was out to thwart Lacazette tapping home from inside the six-yard box.

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That proved to be the last big moment of the London derby at Selhurst Park with Palace now extending their unbeaten run against Arsenal to four games.

Palace: Guaita, Riedewald, Cahill, Tomkins, Kelly, McArthur, McCarthy, Kouyaté, Meyer [Tosun 68], Zaha, Ayew.

Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Dann, Wickham, Woods, Kirby, Pierrick.

Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolašinac, Torreira [Guendouzi 45], Xhaka, Pépé, Özil [Martinelli 70, Aubameyang, Lacazette [Nelson 90+2].

Subs Not Used: Martínez, Holding, Willock, Saka.

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