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Preview: Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

10 April 2017


INTRO
Palace's winning streak came to an end on the south coast in mid-week, losing 3-1 at Southampton, whilst Arsenal beat West Ham United 3-0 to halt a three game winless run.

It looks set to be a tough evening for the Eagles given the number of injured players within the ranks, but the recent win over Premier League leaders - and outright title favourites - Chelsea will give the boys in red and blue confidence ahead of this home tie.

OPPOSITION VIEW

Arsene Wenger: “We are in a position that is not comfortable. It is not where we want to be. We know what we need to do. The line of conduct is very clear. We had a hiccup in recent weeks, what is important is to move on.

“We have shown we are united but we have to show that focus until the end of the season.”

TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Yohan Cabaye looks set to miss the game with a calf strain sustained at St Mary's, as does Loic Remy. Scott Dann (knee), Patrick van Aanholt (ankle), James Tomkins (calf) and Fraizer Campbell (hamstring) will all be missing for the Eagles, as they continue their recovery.

James McArthur could return, having missed the Chelsea and Southampton games with back spasms. Long-term absentees Connor Wickham and Pape Souare remain out.

Arsenal: The Gunners' injury problems are largely at the back, with Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech and David Ospina all set to miss Monday's game. Forward Lucas Perez and creative midfielder Santi Cazorla will also miss out.

HEAD TO HEAD
Palace wins
Draws
Arsenal wins
League
2922
FA Cup
012
League Cup
112
Total
31126

STATS
Arsenal have now scored 101 goals in all competitions this season – the only Premier League club to reach the century of goals coming in to this matchday.

Christian Benteke has scored 11 Premier League goals this season becoming the first Palace player to hit double figures in the top flight since Andrew Johnson.

The big Belgian has also won a league-high 252 aerial duels this campaign and has - as a result - successfully won the most duels (tackles, take ons & aerial) in the division: 319. Wilfried Zaha is second with 251.

OFFICIALS

Michael Oliver has presided over 38 games across seven competitions in 2016/17, including 25 Premier League games.

He has handed out 84 yellow and two red cards in the top flight, awarding a total of 12 penalties across those 25 fixtures. The last time he took charge of a Palace game was for the away defeat at Leicester City, having also officiated the trip to Tottenham Hotspur back in August.

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: G Beswick, J Collin
Fourth Offficial: N Swarbrick

LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

Sunday 16th August 2015
Premier League
Palace 1-2 Arsenal

An Olivier Giroud gave the visitors an early lead in SE25 before Joel Ward rifled home an emphatic equaliser at the Whitehorse Lane end, however a second half Damien Delaney own goal - when trying to defend an Alexis Sanchez header - settled it for the Gunners.

Connor Wickham made his home debut and crashed a powerful effort off the post in a hard-fought London derby. Despite losing the game, goal difference kept the Eagles ahead of their opponents on goal difference following the previous week's win at Norwich City.

TICKETS

This game is SOLD OUT.

As there will be a capacity crowd please arrive at the stadium early to avoid congestion at the turnstiles, which open at 6.15pm. 

Please also note there will be the normal security checks upon entry into the stadium so early arrival will also help these go smoothly due the numbers expected. 

There will be no further seats available for this match and please do not travel to the stadium if you do not have a ticket for the game. 

LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game at Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter, or you can get in-game stats and live coverage on our official app - click here for more information.

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