There will be no reunion between the Gunners and Patrick Vieira during Arsenal vs Crystal Palace in the Emirates on Sunday.
- Location: London, England
- Stadium: Emirates Stadium
- Date: Sunday 18 March
- Kick-off Time: 14:00 GMT / 10:00 ET / 06:00 PT
- Referee: Stuart Attwell
- VAR: Darren England
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Match Preview:
The former Gunners captain was relieved of his duties just two days before the game after overseeing a run of 12 straight games without a win – a run which covers the entirety of 2023 – and watching Palace sleepwalk into a relegation battle.
At the other end of the table, Arsenal are cruising in top spot but will have seen their spirits dampened somewhat in midweek as they were eliminated from the Europa League at the hands of Sporting CP.
Mikel Arteta fears Takehiro Tomiyasu has suffered a serious injury which could keep the right-back out for a significant length of time, but the fitness of William Saliba, who also went off in Thursday’s defeat to Sporting CP, remains a mystery.
Saliba may not be risked, allowing Rob Holding to return to the squad, while Eddie Nketiah and Mohamed Elneny remain out.
Albert Sambi Lokonga cannot face his parent club but could see his midfield spot taken by Will Hughes or James McArthur, who are both close to returning from illness.
In goal, young Joe Whitworth is likely to continue as both Vicente Guaita and Sam Johnstone are still injured.
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Head to Head:
There have been 52 previous clashes, with Arsenal winning 30 and losing just six times.
Their last seven clashes between Arsenal and Palace have seen four draws. Having beaten Palace 2-0 earlier this season, Arsenal will look to complete a league double over them for the first time since the 2017-18 season.
Palace have avoided defeat in their last four Premier League games at Arsenal, drawing the last three.
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Arsenal predicted lineup (4-3-3): Ramsdale; White, Holding, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Odegaard, Xhaka; Saka, Trossard, Martinelli
Crystal Palace predicted lineup (4-3-3): Whitworth; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Hughes, Doucoure, Schlupp; Olise, Edouard, Zaha
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Fantasy XI
Ramsdale; White, Gabriel, Andersen, Guehi,Odegaard, Saka, Trossard, Martinelli,Edouard, Zaha.