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Arsenal ARS Pépé (35', 90+5), Martinelli (90+1)
Premier League Gameweek 37
May 19, 2021 KO: 18:00

Crystal Palace - Arsenal

Selhurst Park London
Referee: Anthony Taylor
  35' Pépé
Benteke 62'  
  90+5 Pépé
  90+1 Martinelli

Match preview

Back to a back four - How Arsenal could line up against Crystal Palace

Mikel Arteta opted for a three-man central defensive trio against Chelsea, but could revert back to his usual two with full-backs here

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could decide to go back to a four-man defence for this week's Premier League clash against Crystal Palace.

In their London derby against Chelsea over the weekend, the Gunners secured one of their best results of the season as they won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge thanks to a solitary goal from Emile Smith Rowe.

In that one, Arteta recognised that his side would not have as much of the ball as Chelsea and so opted to deploy three centre-backs flanked by wing-backs.

As Arsenal will be on the front foot against Palace, who will likely sit in, the Spaniard could move back to a back four of Callum Chambers, Rob Holding, Gabriel and Kieran Tierney.

David Luiz is likely not fit enough to start, and could have played his last game for the club, with the Brazilian set to leave this summer at the expiration of his contract.

Bukayo Saka struggled at right wing-back against the Blues, but moving back to a 4-2-3-1 formation will allow him to take up his spot down the right wing again.

Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey screened the defence excellently and should retain their places, especially with Granit Xhaka struggling for fitness. Dani Ceballos will likely have to settle for a place on the bench.

Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard will make up the attacking midfield three alongside Saka, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should lead the line.

Willian, Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe will provide options from the bench.

Arsenal v Crystal Palace: Predicted XI

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  Average Match Rating  
6.0
  Home  
6.5
5.9
  Away  
7.1
5.9
  Total  
6.8

Match statistics

Crystal Palace
Statistics
Arsenal
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
6
9
Draws
4
6
Losses
10
5
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
18
32
Goals Per Game
0.90
1.60
More > 2.5 Goals
10
10
More > 3 Goals
6
6
Scored First in a Match
7
9
Scored Both Halves
4
9
Won More > 1 Goal
1
6
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
33
21
Did Not Score
8
5
Both Teams Scored
9
11
Kept Clean Sheet
6
5
Won Without Conceding
3
4
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
555
694
Possession
40
54
Passes
373
530
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
8.50
12
Shots on Target
3.41
3.90
Goals out of Shots
0.17
0.14
Crosses
12
18
Offsides
1.63
2.63
Penalties
0.05
0.20
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.30
0.25
Tackles Won
9.65
6.60
Clearances
18
15
Interceptions
12
8.20
Own Goals
0.00
0.05
Aerials Won
18
14
Total Shots Conceded
15
9.15
Shots on Target Conceded
4.95
3.16
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.13
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
11
9.55
Yellow Cards
1.35
1.00
Red Cards
0.00
0.00

Injuries

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  2. Muscle Strain image description
  3. Thigh Muscle Strain image description
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