Arsenal predicted XI: 'Very clever' ace comes in as Arteta turns to difference-maker in attack
Arsenal will be looking to maintain their so-far strong end to the season with yet another win as they take on Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening.
Mikel Arteta’s men go into the clash following last Wednesday’s stunning win over Chelsea where Emile Smith Rowe struck for the second consecutive game to hand the north Londoners a 1-0 victory.
The Gunners have ended the season as they probably should’ve started it as they looking for their fourth consecutive away win and clean sheet away at Selhurst Park after wins at Sheffield United, Newcastle United and the Blues.
Roy Hodgson’s men come into the game after receiving a much-needed boost on Sunday after the Eagles came from 2-1 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2.
In terms of team news, the Gunners have no new injury worries and have had a week’s rest after playing their matchday 36 last Wednesday following the west London outfit’s FA Cup final clash on Saturday.
Granit Xhaka and David Luiz are the only fitness concerns ahead of the London derby with the Brazilian fighting a hamstring injury whilst his Swiss compatriot is still fighting the Groin issue he suffered prior to the Europa League draw at home to Villarreal.
Given the nature of last Wednesday’s encounter, Arteta used a three-man defence, however, should revert back to a four-man backline with Pablo Mari dropping out at the expense of Rob Holding, who has been consistent all campaign long, and Gabriel Magalhaes at centre-half.
It also means Calum Chambers comes back in at right-back with Kieran Tierney returning to his normal left-back slot.
Arteta has shown himself to be a bit of a chopper and changer and with Palace most likely considered a lesser opposition compared to Chelsea, the ‘very clever‘ Dani Ceballo may come in for Mohamed Elneny alongside Thomas Partey in midfield.
Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have been almost ever-presents since January and are most likely to continue as part of a four-man attack.
Meanwhile, ‘difference-maker‘ Nicolas Pepe has enjoyed a great end to the season and should come in for Martin Odegaard, who was off the pace against Thomas Tuchel’s men last week with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continuing up-front.
Arsenal predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Ceballos, Partey; Saka, Smith Rowe, Pepe; Aubameyang.
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