The Premier League title is seemingly out of our grasp now, but there’s still our usual top four spot to fight for. We were really poor at the back against West Ham, so Arsene Wenger may well make a few changes when we play host to Crystal Palace.
Here’s how we think Arsenal will line up vs Crystal Palace:
GK) Petr Cech
David Ospina hasn’t done a huge amount wrong while filling in for Cech, but he wasn’t great against West Ham. The former Chelsea man now seems fully fit, so if he doesn’t start Arsenal fans may well be questioning Arsene Wenger’s motives.
RB) Hector Bellerin
Really very little question here, with our options at right-back limited. Bellerin has been excellent recently, and should keep his starting spot.
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LB) Nacho Monreal
Kieran Gibbs is a potential option to replace Nacho Monreal, and with three games in seven days it seems likely that the England international will feature at some point. For the moment Monreal will probably be confident of keeping his spot though.
CB) Per Mertesacker
There have been reports suggesting that the German will be recalled against Crystal Palace (via Sky Sports), with Gabriel Paulista’s performance against West Ham less than convincing.
While Mertesacker definitely would have been a great option against Andy Carroll, up against the likes of Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha Gabriel would arguably be the better choice; this could end up being a case of really poor game management from Wenger.
CB) Laurent Koscielny
If one of the centre-backs is going to be replaced it seems unlikely that it will be Laurent Koscielny.