After the first week-long rest in a long time, Arsenal return to The Emirates tomorrow in hope that they can shake off this bad run of form as they host Crystal Palace.
Following our fifth away loss of the Premier League season at Bournemouth last week a return home, where we are significantly stronger is much needed.
Especially when you look at tomorrow’s opposition who we played just a few weeks ago. Away at Selhurst Park in December, Arsenal managed to secure their third away win of the season but did endure some tough times.
After a somewhat dominant first half, things went off the rails in the second half as Andros Townsend scored almost immediately. On the day we had Alexis Sanchez who was able to give us a two-goal cushion which made James Tomkins’ late goal just a consolation.
However, this time around, with all the Manchester United and Mhkitaryan talk, its very possible that we will be lining up without the Chilean tomorrow lunch time.
Looking at the side in Arsenal’s way that, as well as Mesut Ozil who still seems to be coming back from injury, could be huge misses for the game.
Also, out for tomorrow’s game is Ainsley Maitland-Niles who has impressed very much since becoming a regular in the side. The central midfielder who has been amazing at left wing back is ill so is absence shouldn’t worry Arsenal fans too much.
In a quite timely turn of events, Arsene Wenger did say Nacho Monreal will be available to fill in at wing back.
Under Roy Hodgson, Crystal Palace have only lost one in their last 12 league games coming into this fixture and with his Eagles side very well drilled, a win may not be easy to come by tomorrow.
Along with that record, Palace have also managed to pull off a couple of surprises against some big teams this year.
They claimed their first win of the season in October against champions Chelsea and recently they held probable champions-to-be Manchester City to a goalless draw in a game that they could have snatched all three points with a late penalty.
However, when you look at the history between the two sides, it is quite encouraging reading for Arsenal. Of their last five meetings, Arsenal have come out on top three times and given the stature of the two clubs, this is another game that Arsenal should really be winning.
Sadly, though for Arsenal fans, a win wouldn’t be able to lift them above 5th placed Tottenham who are currently five points above the Gunners.
But last year’s edition of this fixture was very memorable after Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick goal so lets hope for something similar this time around.