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Crystal Palace v Arsenal – BBC Sport


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Crystal Palace v Arsenal - BBC Sport

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring against Arsenal last season.
Wilfried Zaha scored from the penalty spot as Crystal Palace beat Arsenal 3-0 in this fixture last season.


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13guaita
  • 17Clyne
  • 16Andersen
  • 6Guéhi
  • 3Mitchell
  • 15Schlupp
  • 28doucouré
  • 9J Ayew
  • 10Eze
  • 11Zaha
  • 22douard


  • 2Ward
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 14Mateta
  • 19Hughes
  • 21johnstone
  • 23Ebiowei
  • 26Richards
  • 44Riedewald
  • 48Plange


Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 4White
  • 12Saliba
  • 6Gabriel
  • 7Saka
  • 5Partey
  • 34Xhaka
  • 35zinchenko
  • 8degaard
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 11Martinelli


  • 3Tierney
  • 14Nketiah
  • 16Holding
  • 17Cedric Soares
  • 19pépé
  • 23Sambi Lokonga
  • 24Nelson
  • 25elneny
  • 30Turner


Crystal Palace midfielders Michael Olise and James McArthur are out with their respective foot and groin injuries.

Defender James Tomkins has a muscle issue, while goalkeepers Jack Butland and Sam Johnstone are also sidelined.

Arsenal are likely to be without midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, who is struggling with a groin issue.

Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Fabio Vieira are all recovering from injuries, with Mikel Arteta admitting that “most of them” will be available.

French defender William Saliba is in line for a first start in an Arsenal shirt, while former Manchester City players Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko should also make their debuts.


Arsenal have had a great pre-season, while I’m not sure Crystal Palace are the same threat now Conor Gallagher has gone back to Chelsea.

It’s still a tough game for Mikel Arteta’s side, but everything is pointing towards a Gunners win.

Prediction: 1-2

Chris Sutton’s full predictions v football commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball

Red mist - Mikel Arteta's Arsenal have received 13 Premier League red cards - four more than any other side since he took charge



  • Crystal Palace have lost one of their past eight Premier League meetings with Arsenal (W2, D5).
  • The Eagles are aiming to win consecutive league games against the Gunners for the first time after a 3-0 home victory in April.
  • That victory over Arsenal last season was their joint-biggest home win of the campaign, having also beaten Tottenham and Norwich by the same scoreline.

Crystal Palace

  • Crystal Palace have won their opening league match in five of their previous 22 top-flight campaigns (D7, L10), although they’ve been victorious in two of their last four season curtain-raisers (D1, L1).
  • The Eagles lost only four of their 19 Premier League home fixtures last season (W7, D8).
  • They ended last season unbeaten in six games at Selhurst Park, winning three of those matches.
  • Patrick Vieira’s side have kept a clean sheet in their last five home games, equalling a club record set between March and April 1992.


  • Arsenal have lost their opening Premier League match in five of the last nine seasons (W4), including a 2-0 defeat to Brentford last term.
  • This is the third successive season that the Gunners have started their top-flight campaign with a London derby.
  • Mikel Arteta’s side have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 10 league fixtures.
  • Bukayo Saka was the top league scorer last season with 11 goals – it’s the joint-lowest total by an Arsenal player in the Premier League since Robin van Persie also scored 11 in 2006-07 and 2008-09.
  • Gabriel Jesus scored six goals and recorded one assist in his final seven league games for Manchester City.

Predict Crystal Palace’s starting XI for their next fixture – remember you can change the formation!

Crystal Palace v Arsenal - BBC Sport

Predict Arsenal’s starting XI for their next fixture – remember you can change the formation!

Crystal Palace v Arsenal - BBC Sport

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