Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Crystal Palace: Jesus back; Zinchenko out

  • Arsenal are in must-win territory against Crystal Palace on Saturday
  • Gabriel Jesus has trained with this side ahead of the game
  • Doubts over Oleksandr Zinchenko's status

Gabriel Jesus will return to the starting lineup on Saturday
Gabriel Jesus will return to the starting lineup on Saturday / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages
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The run-in is still months away, yet it feels as if Arsenal have already entered must-win territory in regards to the Premier League title race.

One win in seven across all competitions left Gooners rather downbeat as the club enjoyed a two-week break in the wake of their FA Cup exit at the hands of Liverpool.

We can only hope that the training camp in Dubai was the timely breather Mikel Arteta's side so desperately needed.

An out-of-sorts Crystal Palace visit the Emirates aiming to pile more misery onto Arsenal, who'll likely view the contest as a get-right game. Here's how the Gunners could line up on Saturday afternoon.


Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Crystal Palace

Martin Odegaard
The Gunners must bounce back this weekend / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

GK: David Raya - Aaron Ramsdale returned for the FA Cup tie, but Raya will be back between the sticks for this Premier League fixture.

RB: Ben White - White's one of several players who desperately needed to break. Let's hope his form improves from here on out.

CB: William Saliba - The Frenchman will see plenty of compatriot Odsonne Edouard on Saturday.

CB: Gabriel - Gabriel's form has remained impressive despite Arsenal's blip. He's one of few players whose status in the team can't be questioned.

LB: Jakub Kiwior - Oleksandr Zinchenko is a doubt on Saturday with a calf injury. The Ukrainian might be fit enough for the bench which means Kiwior, who's started Arsenal's last two games, could get the nod once again.

DM: Jorginho - The Italian performed well against Liverpool and deserves to keep his place in the team in the absence of Thomas Partey.

CM: Declan Rice - Rice's first standout performance in an Arsenal shirt arrived in the reverse fixture as the Gunners squeezed out a 1-0 win.

CM: Martin Odegaard - Come on, skipper. It's time for you to take charge. His season so far has been underwhelming.

RW: Bukayo Saka - Saka starred in the corresponding fixture last season, and the Emirates faithful must be desperate for a dominant display from their right winger this weekend.

ST: Gabriel Jesus - Jesus missed the FA Cup defeat to Liverpool with a minor knee issue, but the striker trained in Dubai and is expected to be available this weekend.

LW: Gabriel Martinelli - Martinelli's Premier League form has been pretty dire this season, but the winter break presented the winger with the chance to start fresh.


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