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Premier League Gameweek 8
Oct 18, 2021 KO: 19:00

Arsenal - Crystal Palace

Emirates Stadium London
Referee: Mike Dean
Aubameyang 8'  
  50' Benteke
  73' Edouard
Lacazette 90+5  

Match preview

Unchanged to keep unbeaten run? How Arsenal could line up against Crystal Palace

Mikel Arteta could name an unchanged Arsenal team in the hope they continue their current form against Crystal Palace.

Arsenal will welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates Stadium on Monday night with an unbeaten run to keep in tact and a chance to jump into the top half of the Premier League.

After losing the first three matches of the season without scoring a goal, Mikel Arteta’s side has seemingly settled into the season, winning the next three before a draw against Brighton in their last match.

A win would put the side into the ninth on the table and just two points shy of the top four, something that seemed impossible after that horrendous start.

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Aaron Ramsdale has somewhat surprisingly taken over the No.1 spot in goal since his move, and he should once again keep Bernd Leno after the side. The former Sheffield United man has conceded just one goal in five appearances for the Gunners.

After conceding five goals against Manchester City, Arteta bolstered his defence with Takehiro Tomiyasu on transfer deadline day. The Japanese international has been excellent so far, and should continue at right-back, with the ever-reliable Kieran Tierney on the other side.

Ben White and Gabriel have begun to form a solid partnership at the back, relegating the likes of Calum Chambers and Rob Holding to the bench, and are likely to start together again.

With Granit Xhaka the only confirmed out for the Gunners, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Thomas Partey will likely sit at the base of midfield having struck up somewhat of a partnership themselves.

Ahead of them, Arsenal’s attack looks to be back to its free-flowing, attractive best after the blunt opening three fixtures.

Emile Smith-Rowe is in fine form, Martin Odegaard’s permanent return has provided a big boost, and while Bukayo Saka is not quite at his brilliant best so far, his quality continues to be a major driving force for the team in attack.

The trio should start in support of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front, and will be out to add to his two league goals so far this season.

That would leave the Gunners unchanged from the Brighton draw, with Arteta beginning to find consistency and dependability from his players.

Arsenal starting XI versus Crystal Palace

Arsenal - Football tactics and formations

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  Average Match Rating  
7.3
  Home  
6.3
7.0
  Away  
6.1
7.1
  Total  
6.2

Match statistics

Arsenal
Statistics
Crystal Palace
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
12
4
Draws
3
6
Losses
5
10
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
34
20
Goals Per Game
1.70
1.00
More > 2.5 Goals
9
11
More > 3 Goals
6
7
Scored First in a Match
12
6
Scored Both Halves
7
2
Won More > 1 Goal
9
2
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
16
35
Did Not Score
6
7
Both Teams Scored
5
10
Kept Clean Sheet
11
5
Won Without Conceding
9
3
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
700
527
Possession
56
39
Passes
534
343
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
13
10
Shots on Target
4.37
3.60
Goals out of Shots
0.15
0.14
Crosses
19
13
Offsides
2.30
1.84
Penalties
0.15
0.15
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.55
0.25
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
15
18
Interceptions
8.36
10
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
13
19
Total Shots Conceded
11
13
Shots on Target Conceded
3.28
4.53
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.07
0.14
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
9.00
11
Yellow Cards
1.20
1.65
Red Cards
0.05
0.00

Injuries

  1. Calf/Shin Injury image description
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  3. Knee Injury image description