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March 31 2017 1.26am

Arsenal v Palace

Emirates Stadium, Sunday 4.00pm

Damien Delaney

Damien Delaney

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Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney will serve a one-game suspension after picking up five bookings. Martin Kelly could move into the centre-half position if James Tomkins (groin) is not yet ready.

He will be assessed late on, along with midfielders James McArthur and Joe Ledley.

Pape Souare (leg), Steve Mandanda (knee), on-loan striker Loic Remy (calf), Connor Wickham (knee) and Bakary Sako (groin) are all out.

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott (calf) is set to miss out, along with Kieran Gibbs and Danny Welbeck (both knee). Shkodran Mustafi is back after a hamstring injury.

Will Sam Allardyce pick up his first win as Crystal Palace manager? Take a look at the latest betting odds at 10bet.

Arsenal (from): Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Jenkinson, Holding, Gabriel, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Elneny, Coquelin, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Reine-Adelaide, Walcott, Iwobi, Sanchez, Giroud, Welbeck.

Palace (from): Hennessey, Speroni, Ward, Dann, Tomkins, Kelly, Fryers, Lee, Ledley, Phillips, Winter, Husin, McArthur, Townsend, Boateng, Zaha, Cabaye, Mutch, Puncheon, Benteke, Campbell, Flamini.


Sam Allardyce

"The ambition lies with us first and foremost, making sure we are safe this year, then the ambition lies with not just me but the chairman and the owners about where we want to go.

"When you lay that down in business plan terms then I find out just how far we can go.

"For me, the club has got some ambition. It is not just about survival this year it is about the ambition the chairman talked about where the club wants to go and it wants to develop and invest in all areas and that is quite attractive to me. It wasn't just about survival.

"I say if you are going to invest then I think this club can grow to that. So that hopefully that becomes something we can talk about.

"But at the moment the ambition is making sure the club is safe and then seeing how far up the table we can get."

Arsene Wenger

"[Allardyce] is an example to follow as he can give hope to other English managers to get a chance in the Premier League. They can do it with their club, come up and be successful, of course. You want the right mixture.

"How did my relationship with him [Allardyce] change? Slowly. Slowly. There is no obvious reason. Everybody was happy to get a result over me, I can understand that.

"You have to analyse the Premier League a bit regionally at the time. Before you had Bolton, Manchester up there and it was a little...

"I always was just focused, I never had any problem with that. Over 20 years it has changed. I was isolated as a foreign manager at the start. Itís not the case any more."

Arsenal - league stats

Position Played Won Drawn Lost Points
4th 18 11 4 3 37

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Last five results

Date Type Home Team Score Away Team  
17/04/2016 League Arsenal 1 - 1 Crystal Palace draw
16/08/2015 League Crystal Palace 1 - 2 Arsenal loss
21/02/2015 League Crystal Palace 1 - 2 Arsenal loss
16/08/2014 League Arsenal 2 - 1 Crystal Palace loss
02/02/2014 League Arsenal 2 - 0 Crystal Palace loss

All time results

Last meeting

Arsenal 2-0 Palace

Sunday January 01 2017

Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny, Bellerin, Gabriel, Monreal, Xhaka, Iwobi (Oxlade-Chamberlain, 77), Elneny (Coquelin, 72), Perez (Ramsey, 72), Sanchez, Giroud

Subs not used: Maitland-Niles, Ospina, Mustafi, Reine Adelaide

Goals: Giroud (17), Iwobi (56)

Bookings: Monreal

Palace: Hennessey, Dann, Ward, Tomkins, Kelly, Townsend (Lee, 71), Cabaye (Mutch, 65), Puncheon, Zaha, Flamini, Benteke (Campbell, 77)

Subs not used: Speroni, Husin, Sako, Fryers, Phillips

Bookings: Tomkins

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