Premier League Statistics – Arsenal
The television cameras turn their attentions to Selhurst Park this weekend as the Eagles entertain Arsenal.
They did not have the desired effect at Goodison Park last weekend as Palace conceded late on to the Toffees even though they put in an improved peformance but returned to South London without any reward.
Criticism of the management has increased since the defeat, which was inflated by the impact the Everton substitutes made on the game, an area that Roy Hodgson has been found more than wanting for some time. The introduction of Connor Wickham in the final minute of the game was too little too late, however much of a welcome sight it was.
It is clear that Hodgson keeps his trust in those eleven players that he has worked with all week to start the game, and there certainly should not be any issues with that. There have been several occassions that it has been clear to many that a change or changes are needed but they have not arrived at the right time, or ever.
Regardless, the strike force has not helped matters and this must change sooner rather than later, as well as the timing of changes during games.
Fans are expecting very little from these four games but Palace are more than capable of springing a surprise or two if the team can play like we know they can.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Max Meyer (virus) and Alexander Sorloth (virus) are both slight doubts while Joel Ward (muscular) will miss out as will Christian Benteke (knee) and Scott Dann (knee).
ARSENAL – Petr Cech (hamstring) is a slight doubt while Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) and Laurent Koscielny (achilles) will not be available.
The last time the two sides met was at the Emirates in January and it was an instantly forgettable experience for the Eagles as the hosts raced into a four goal lead within the first 22 minutes. Goals from Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette suggested that the final score was going to be a complete embarrasment but thankfully there was no more goals from the Gunners, just a reply from the penalty spot from Luka Milivojevic in a much improved half for the visitors.
Who Scored man of the match – Nacho Monreal (9.1)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 20/01/2018 Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace
- 28/12/2017 Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal
- 10/04/2017 Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal
- 01/01/2017 Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
- 17/04/2016 Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 21/10/2018 Everton 2-0 Crystal Palace
- 06/10/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
- 01/10/2018 Bournemouth 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 25/09/2018 West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Crystal Palace
- 22/09/2018 Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle United
Last FIVE results for Arsenal;
- 25/10/2018 Sporting 0-1 Arsenal
- 22/10/2018 Arsenal 3-1 Leicester City
- 07/10/2018 Fulham 1-5 Arsenal
- 04/10/2018 Qarabag 0-3 Arsenal
- 29/09/2018 Arsenal 2-0 Watford
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Alexandre Lacazette 7.39
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.38
- Pierre Emerick Aubameyang 7.27
- Luka Milivojevic 7.00
ONE TO WATCH
PIERRE EMERICK AUBAMEYANG
Former clubs – ASL L’Huisserie, Nice, Laval, Rouen, Bastia, Milan, Dijon (loan), Lille (loan), Monaco (loan), Saint-Etienne, Borussia Dortmund
The 29 year old striker had a number of clubs before making his professional debut on loan at Dijon in 2008 before further loan spells at Lille, Monaco and Saint Etienne. Having never made a first team appearance for parent club Milan, Aubameyang had his loan deal at Saint Etienne made permanent in 2013 and went on to score 35 goals in 73 appearances. That form encouraged Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund to sign the Gabon international where he scored 98 goals in 144 appearances.
A solo appearance for the French under 21 side was followed by a call up by Gabon which he took up because his father once captained the side but he also qualified to play for Spain. To date, Aubameyang has 58 international caps and scored 24 goals.
This fixture is the first of four daunting matches facing the Eagles at a time when they do not find themselves in great form. It is certainly not new territory after what happened last season but with Arsenal firing on all cyclinders in lead up to the televised game, everyone is expecting just one outcome. However, the hosts poor form must end at some point and even in defeat, last weekend saw an improved performance. Whether that will be enough against the Gunners remains to be seen.
- TEB prediction – (a hopeful) draw
- Who Scored prediction – away win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 10/3
- Draw – 3/1
- Away – 8/11
- Both teams to score – 4/7