Arsenal are in Premier League action for the first time this year as they welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners earned a much-needed break as the Premier League took a breather to start the new year. Arsenal were last in league action on New Year's Eve as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Fulham, and they've since been knocked out of the FA Cup.
A training camp in Dubai could prove to be the perfect tonic for an Arsenal side that desperately needs to return to winning ways this weekend. A middling Crystal Palace outfit visits the Emirates on Saturday after they were beaten in a drab FA Cup third round replay by Everton in midweek.
Arsenal squeezed past the Eagles 1-0 in the reverse fixture at the start of the season.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace preview: Prediction, team news & lineups
Here's our preview of Arsenal's upcoming Premier League fixture.
How to watch Arsenal vs Crystal Palace on TV
- When is kick-off? Saturday 20 January
- What time is kick-off? 12:30 (GMT)
- Where is it played? Emirates Stadium
- TV channel/live stream? discovery+, TNT Sports Ultimate, discovery+ App, TNT Sports 1 (UK) / nbcsports.com, UNIVERSO NOW, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, USA Network, NBC Sports App, UNIVERSO (US) / fuboTV (Canada)
- Referee? Paul Tierney
Arsenal team news
Gabriel Jesus is expected to be back in the matchday squad this weekend, although there are doubts over Oleksandr Zinchenko's fitness. The Ukrainian has been dealing with a calf injury and is still recovering.
With Jurrien Timber and Takehiro Tomiyasu both absent, Jakub Kiwior will continue at left-back if Zinchenko isn't deemed fit.
Thomas Partey and Fabio Vieira are both on the comeback trail.
Crystal Palace team news
Jordan Ayew is away at AFCON for Ghana and thus won't be available. However, Michael Olise could be fit enough to return to action this weekend.
Joel Ward, Nathan Ferguson, Sam Johnstone, and former Gunner Rob Holding are all doubts.
Cheick Doucoure has been lost for the season.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace predicted lineups
Arsenal: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior; Rice, Odegaard, Havertz; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.
Crystal Palace: Johnstone; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Lerma, Richards; Olise, Eze, Schlupp; Edouard.
Arsenal's recent form
Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool
Fulham 2-1 Arsenal
Arsenal 0-2 West Ham
Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal
Arsenal 2-0 Brighton
Crystal Palace's recent form
Everton 1-0 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
Crystal Palace 3-1 Brentford
Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace score prediction
While Palace could be buoyed by Olise's inclusion, this feels like a get-right game for Arsenal. The Eagles were pretty dire in their two FA Cup meetings with Everton to start the new year, and they don't exactly look like a side capable of turning over the Gunners in north London.
The visitors do pose some threats in transition and are fairly stubborn defensively, but the hosts should be able to assert control on Saturday.
Once again, it'll be a case of whether they'll be able to finish their chances. It may one take one moment of brilliance to reignite the Gunners in the final third.