The Gunners need this one, what with how many points they’ve dropped recently, and they’ll need to be aggressive up front and take advantage of Palace’s iffy defense, and diligent at the back to avoid more of their own defensive mistakes. Palace, although they are twelfth in the league, also sort of need this one—the bottom half of the table is very tight, and the Eagles are only five points out of the relegation places.
Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are back from their respective injuries for Arsenal, and Mesut Özil may be as well. Alexis Sánchez, assuming he’s still around, will almost certainly not be in the team. Meanwhile, Palace injuries include Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp, and Andros Townsend.
Given both sides’ shaky defensive play, this may be a high-scoring game, and the Gunners will want to correct the mistakes that they made against Bournemouth last weekend.
WHAT: Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace
WHERE: Emirates Stadium, London
WHEN: Saturday, January 20, 7 AM PST | 10 AM EST | 3 PM GMT
US TV: CNBC, or streaming on NBC Sports Live
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