The teams have been announced for our home clash with Crystal Palace this Sunday afternoon, and there’s one big change from our frustrating draw with West Ham. The rest of the Arsenal News & Scores will be posted here on allArsenal immediately after full time.
David Ospina has lost his place after an average display against the Hammers, with Petr Cech returning to the side having made a full recovery from injury. Many expected the former Chelsea man to return last week, but he was kept on the bench and we paid for it.
The back four looks the same, with Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal either side of Gabriel Paulista and Laurent Koscielny. Many believed Per Mertesacker would replace the Brazilian, but Gabriel has managed to keep his place.
Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny continue to build on their midfield partnership, with injuries leaving us with few other options. Mesut Özil predictably starts ahead of them, with the German still potentially able to break the all time assists record.
Alex Iwobi is rewarded once again for his fine form with another start, and rightly so. He’s alongside Alexis Sanchez, who has looked more like his old self recently.
Danny Welbeck keeps his spot up front too, with Olivier Giroud still forced to watch on from the bench.
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Here’s the full team:
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 17, 2016
Crystal Palace’s team is as follows:
PALACE: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Puncheon, Jedinak, Cabaye, Ledley, Bolasie; Wickham.#ARSCRY
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) April 17, 2016
This is a game we really should be taking all three points from, and Arsene Wenger needs to make sure the team are still fully motivated.
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Dropping out of the top four isn’t out of the question at this point, but nor is fighting our way back up the table to at least second.