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Premier League

  • February 2, 2014
  • • 16:00
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: J. Moss
  • • Attendance: 60005

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Arsenal 1.25 1.25 1.22 1.20
Draw 6.00 6.00 5.50 6.50
Crystal Palace 15.00 12.00 15.00 15.00
Arsenal - Crystal Palace Preview: Gunners look to make amends for Southampton slip

Arsenal - Crystal Palace Preview: Gunners look to make amends for Southampton slip

Manchester City overtook the London side to take top spot outright for the first time since the opening weekend of the season after the Gunners were held to a 2-2 draw last week

Arsenal can return to the summit of the Premier League for at least 24 hours with a home win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger's side slipped to second in the table after they drew 2-2 at Southampton on Tuesday, enabling Manchester City to move a point clear by hammering Tottenham 5-1 the following day.

That result at St Mary's Stadium ended Arsenal's five-game winning run in the top flight, but three points against Tony Pulis' men would mean them taking advantage of the fact City do not play until Monday by reclaiming top spot.

10/1 Arsenal are 10/1 with Betway to win 4-0 over Crystal Palace
Indeed, Arsenal are in something of a no-lose situation as long as they beat Palace, as City host third-placed Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium, meaning at least one of their main title rivals will drop points this weekend.

Wenger's team go into the clash in fine form having lost just one of their last 12 Premier League matches, but face a Palace side buoyed by consecutive top-flight wins.

The Selhurst Park outfit now sit four points clear of the Premier League relegation zone after successive 1-0 home victories over Stoke City and Hull City respectively.

Jason Puncheon scored the winning goal in both of those fixtures and Pulis signed the 27-year-old winger permanently on Friday after an impressive spell on loan from Southampton.

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey also joined Palace from Wolves on deadline day and could go straight into the squad at the Emirates Stadium, while Pulis also secured deals for Tom Ince, Joe Ledly and Scott Dann.

Wenger, meanwhile, brought in Sweden international Kim Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow as cover for injured midfield duo Aaron Ramsey (thigh) and Jack Wilshere (ankle).

Mathieu Flamini will also be unavailable after being sent off at Southampton, although Tomas Rosicky is back in contention following a broken nose. Theo Walcott (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Kagisho Dikgacoi (calf) and Jerome Thomas (groin) could return for Palace, but Jonathan Parr is doubtful with a neck problem.

Arsenal won the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park 2-0 in October, thanks to Mikel Arteta's penalty and a late strike from Olivier Giroud.

However, Wenger is anticipating a tough test on Sunday after watching Palace lose 2-0 at Tottenham earlier in the month - a game in which Puncheon missed a penalty with the scores still level.

"I saw them play (at White Hart Lane) - they were absolutely impressive in that game. That is a good warning for us," said the Frenchman.


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1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
12Olivier GiroudStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
58Gedion ZelalemMidfielder
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
44Serge GnabryStriker
1Julian SperoniGoalkeeper
2Joel WardDefender
4Jonathan ParrStriker
19Danny GabbidonDefender
27Damien DelaneyDefender
7Yannick BolasieMidfielder
8Kagisho DikgacoiMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
15Mile JedinakMidfielder
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
10Cameron JeromeStriker
26Wayne HennesseyGoalkeeper
3Adrian MariappaDefender
5Patrick McCarthyDefender
31Adlène GuediouraMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
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