Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Premier League Preview
A Title Race and a Managerless Eagles Side
Arsenal will face Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium for a Premier League match following a disappointing 2-1 loss to Olympiacos in the Europa League. Crystal Palace parted ways with manager Patrick Vieira on Friday after a 12-game winless run, leaving them in a precarious position in the league.
Arsenal’s Europa League Heartbreak
During midweek, despite a remarkable 46-yard goal by Granit Xhaka, Arsenal suffered a 2-1 loss against Olympiacos in the Europa League. Fans believe the exit from the tournament may help the Gunners in their pursuit of a Premier League title win. Manager Mikel Arteta, however, has lamented the loss and will look to the future with a view to putting it all behind him.
Arsenal Maintain their Lead at the Top of the Table
Arsenal secured a comfortable 3-0 win against Fulham last weekend, maintaining their five-point lead over Manchester City in the Premier League. With Pep Guardiola’s team competing in the FA Cup quarter-finals, Arsenal could strengthen their position at the top of the table with the game against Crystal Palace.
Crystal Palace Sack Manager Patrick Vieira
Crystal Palace’s 12-game winless run and a 1-0 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion proved to be too much for the club’s board, resulting in the firing of Patrick Vieira on St. Patrick’s Day. Palace are looking for a new manager who can help the team rise from its current 12th position in the league standings.
Palace Look to End Winless Streak Against Arsenal
Palace’s poor run of form has seen the team lose its last five Premier League away games, with no victories since their win over Bournemouth at the end of last year. However, Palace has managed to avoid defeat in their last four Premier League away games against Arsenal, and they will be hoping to continue this record with a managerless team.
Injury Woes Plague Arsenal
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is facing a crisis due to a slew of injuries to key players. Takehiro Tomiyasu and William Saliba were injured during the Europa League match, and the former’s injury is of great concern to Arteta. Eddie Nketiah and Mohamed Elneny are also on the injury list, which will affect the team’s squad depth for the upcoming game.
Predicting the Outcome of the Match
Arsenal are the clear favorites to win the match against Crystal Palace, who will be playing without a manager on the sidelines. With a five-point lead over Manchester City, Arsenal will be keen to extend their lead at the top of the table. Nonetheless, the possibility of a new manager bounce for Crystal Palace could make for an interesting game.