Ceballos and Pepe start, Predicted Arsenal lineup (4-2-3-1) to face Crystal Palace

Arsenal have the opportunity to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they entertain Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The north London giants were in Europa League action in midweek but their performance was far from convincing despite bagging a 3-2 comeback win over Vitoria.

Nicolas Pepe was the major reason for the comeback with two stunning freekicks coming off the bench and that will have enhanced his confidence ahead of the Palace clash.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Predicted Lineup:

Goalkeeper and Defence:

German goalkeeper Bernd Leno has been ever-present in the Premier League this term with Emiliano Martinez featuring in the Cup competitions. No changes are expected and Leno should start in goal.

Emery has preferred to go with different defences for the league and Cup competitions of late. Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Kieran Tierney started in midweek and they are likely to be swapped with the regulars for the league.

Calum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac will take up the full-back positions as usual with David Luiz partnering Sokratis once more at the heart of the Gunners defence.


Joe Willock, Lucas Torreira and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were the midfield pairing in midweek but all three of them could drop to the bench for the visit of the Eagles.

Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi are pretty much constants from the starting XI for the league duties and Dani Ceballos is likely to feature ahead of them in the advanced midfield role.


Gunners boss Unai Emery has recently refused to speak on the situation of Mesut Ozil and it is quite clear that the Spaniard does not fancy the playmaker anymore. The German has failed to make the past five matchday squads with the club.

Hence, it should be the usual combination of Bukayo Saka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe making up the attack. Alexandre Lacazette played for more than an hour against Vitoria after a successful injury comeback but Emery will probably take caution and play the Frenchman off the bench.

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