Arsenal take a quick trip to South London today to face Crystal Palace in what will be Roy Hodgson’s final home match in charge of the Eagles. It will be the Gunners’ first Premier League match this season with fans in the ground, and the Palace home support will want to send their manager off well and just generally make a lot of noise on their first time back at Selhurst Park in more than 14 months. Arsenal still have an extremely faint chance to finish in a European place, contingent on winning today and Sunday and getting a good deal of help.
The clubs played to an uninspiring 0-0 draw at the Emirates in January. Arsenal had the lion’s share of the possession, but Palace probably had the two best chances of the match — one off the woodwork and one saved by Bernd Leno. The Gunners went into that match riding a four-game winning streak (three in the Premier League) and come into today’s tilt on a three-match Premier League winning streak. A win today to extend the streak to four straight wins in the PL would make it the best league run of the season, which is pretty sad.
Arsenal will be without David Luiz and Hector Bellerin, both of whom may have played their last games for the club. Luiz will leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of the season, and Hector Bellerin reportedly wants a move away from the Emirates. The Gunners may have Granit Xhaka available, who has been out a few matches with a groin problem.
Crystal Palace will be without Mamadou Sakho, James McArthur, Connor Wickham, and Nathan Ferguson. Patrick van Aanholt and Luka Milivojevic should be available after missing out at the weekend because of family issues.
It’s been tough to feel engaged with these playing out the string matches that Arsenal have had to close out the season. And the win streak, while better than losing, is a disappointing reminder of what could have been this season had Arsenal not put themselves so far behind the eight-ball from October-December.
Arsenal - Leno, Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Elneny, Saka, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Aubameyang
Crystal Palace - Guaita, Ward, Cahill, Tomkins, Mitchell, McCarthy, Kouyate, Schlupp, Townsend, Benteke, Zaha
WHAT: Arsenal at Crystal Palace
WHERE: Selhurst Park
WHEN: Wednesday, May 19th, 11 AM PT | 2 PM ET | 7 PM BT
US TV: Not broadcast. Streaming on Peacock.
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