Arsenal host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday. Here is the match preview.
Oh, this lot. Yes sir, it’s Crystal Palace who head to the Emirates Stadium on Thusday, a side Arsenal have enjoyed no joy against in recent seasons.
Without a win against the Eagles in the last four meetings, most notable during that run was the infamous Granit Xhaka incident in the reverse fixture last season. There will be no supporters to applaud his departure if he has another stinker on this occasion, but we needn’t worry about that, should we?
Arsenal are flying high in the dizzying reaches of 11th place, with four wins in all competitions fueling the confidence fires. It’s three on the spin in the Premier League, where new personnel have contributed to a vastly improved style of play.
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Greater urgency, movement and interchangeability have all played their part in more enjouyable results and performances. Sitting six points off the top four, victory coupled with other favourable outcomes could see the Gunners claw their way further up the table, albeit only marginally in terms of league position.
Of course, it’s far too soon to start dreaming of finishing in the Champions League places. But three games ago it appeared relegation was the most likely outcome, and the corner turned by Arsenal is one of a labyrinth of winding passageways to tackle before lofty ambitions can be set.
Beat Palace in midweek and it does maintain the upward trajectory, one that could be helped on its way by continued movements in the transfer window. Players have gone, more are still expected to leave and others could come in.
Whatever the outcome of Thursday’s fixture when the whistle blows for full-time, Arsenal may either be storming their way up the to top four or sinking their way back down. Guess what? It’s a big game.
Here’s your preview.