Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Match Preview

As the domestic action returns following the international break, attention now turns to a big week for the Gunners, with two home games against Aston Villa but first they welcome Crystal Palace.

The Eagles are now managed by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, who will be in for a hero’s reception on his return to the Emirates but with the Eagles having already beaten the likes of Tottenham this year, Arsenal know they will need to be at their best on Monday night.

It was a tale of two international breaks earlier in the season for the Gunners, who suffered three painstaking defeats to Brentford, Chelsea, and Manchester City in the first three weeks of the season and the calls for Mikel Arteta’s head were growing louder by the day.

However, Arsenal have turned it round since the mid-September hiatus, picking up 10 points from 4 games played, with wins over Spurs, Norwich and Burnley backed up with a creditable draw at Brighton last time out.

These results warranted the Premier League Manager of the Month award for October being awarded to Mikel Arteta, the first time the Spaniard has claimed the gong in his career.

Gaining momentum has been a key issue under the Arteta reign, as every time the reds look to be on the charge – they seem to find a way of being pegged back. But with key players finding their way back from both injury and/or lack of form, it feels as if a sustained push up the Premier League table is attainable for the Gunners currently.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Team News

The change in fortunes for Arsenal in recent weeks has coincided with the increased availability Mikel Arteta has at his disposal in terms of squad selection.

Aaron Ramsdale was a signing many felt Arsenal didn’t need to make in the summer, but the young England keeper has impressed since being given the number 1 spot and he looks to be bang in form currently.

Defensively, the Gunners have kept 3 clean sheets in their last 4 league games and the combination of Takehiro Tomiyasu and Kieran Tierney at full back, looks to have given Arsenal a vibrant look in recent weeks.

Ben White has settled in well in the centre of defence, whilst Gabriel is a proven performer at this level alongside him. Thomas Partey’s return to the XI has also been welcome for Arsenal and he along with Martin Odegaard will play a hugely important role in the centre of the park here.

Creativity will be provided by young English duo Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe, two players that are tipped for big things for both club and country, whilst Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still one of the very best strikers around on his day.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Match Odds

Despite the real air of optimism around the Emirates Stadium currently, Mikel Arteta and his team will be all too aware of the challenges Crystal Palace pose.

The Gunners are favourites for the clash though and are as short as 8/13 with Paddy Power to clinch yet another home win. The draw is 3/1 with Betfred, whilst Crystal Palace are best priced 5/1 with Bet365.

Both these sides carry plenty of goal threat and at 17/20, Both Teams to Score – YES, looks a decent punt with Sky Bet.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been talismanic for Arsenal since arriving back in 2018, particularly at home against the so-called ‘lesser’ teams and he is Evens to score anytime in the match and a rather attractive 7/2 with UniBet to open the scoring on Monday night.