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Predicted Arsenal XI vs Crystal Palace: 7 changes, Arteta leaves 'fantastic' player on the bench

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Arsenal host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday.

Four wins on the bounce has brightened the mood around the Emirates, and we will go into the game as favourites despite our shambolic recent record against the Eagles.

Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last four games in the Premier League against us. However, they are in a difficult run at the moment and this in-form Arsenal side should back themselves to get a result tomorrow.

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Partey and Gabriel on the bench?

Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes are both set to return to the squad. The duo, in an ideal world, would be the first names on the team sheet, but things have changed now, especially for the Brazilian.

Gabriel, labelled a fantastic player by Gary Neville, has missed a few weeks due to injury. Pablo Mari has taken over his role and he has been one of our best players in our last four games.

The Spaniard has earned his spot on the left side of central defence. Dropping him just to accommodate Gabriel will be extremely unfair and it is likely that Arteta will keep the former Lille man on the bench tomorrow alongside Partey who should not be rushed.

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The rest of the team almost picks itself. Bernd Leno will start in goal with Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney starting alongside Mari in defence.

Granit Xhaka, who changed the game when he came on against Newcastle, is expected to return to the starting lineup. Arteta can be more adventurous against a team like Palace who sit deep. As a result, Dani Ceballos should get the nod over Mohamed Elneny.

The front four is straightforward. Gabriel Martinelli’s injury means skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has to start on the left. Alexandre Lacazette, Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka will all come in after starting on the bench against Newcastle on Saturday.

The trio are in fine form at the moment, and if the have a good game, we are likely to take all three points.

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