Arsene Wenger has given his team news ahead of Monday’s London derby with Crystal Palace and it’s mixed news on the injury front. Wenger confirmed that the Gunners have a pretty similar squad for the clash as the one which beat West Ham 3-0 earlier in the week (via Arsenal.com).
Matchday: Team News – Predicted Lineup – Match Highlights
Match: Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Kick-Off (GMT): Mon 10 April 20:00
There are just nine games remaining in the Premier League this season with Arsenal hoping for as many wins as possible in the hopes of reaching the top four and securing a Champions League place.
“I think from Wednesday nobody should be out,” Wenger confirmed.
“Coquelin is back available after his family problem, he’s back in contention again. I don’t believe Cech will be available nor Ospina.”
This was the case for the match against West Ham, meaning that third-choice Emiliano Martinez had to fill in between the sticks. The Argentinean helped Arsenal secure just their second Premier League clean sheet since the middle of January and Wenger was pleased with is performance.
“He looked composed, quiet, calm and I know personally he has the quality because I see him every day so I wasn’t surprised.”
Wenger also praised the midfield partnership of Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka. The pair both put in impressive performances both on and off the ball and the boss told reporters what was most pleasing for him.
“The speed of our passing.
“In the heart of the game, it is not only the quality of passing but the speed because of the way we want to play. The speed of decision making becomes important.”
Hopefully, Arsenal can secure another three points on Monday night. The Gunners need a win to keep up with the chasing pack and after the performance on Wednesday, there is a reason for optimism at the Emirates ahead of the trip across London.