Gabriel Jesus leads Arsenal attack against Crystal Palace

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Gabriel Jesus leads Arsenal attack against Crystal Palace

By Business City News

20 January 2024   |  
5:14 am

Arsenal expect to welcome back striker Gabriel Jesus, who was absent for the FA Cup defeat against Liverpool with a minor knee problem. Oleksandr Zinchenko has missed two games due to a calf injury and will be assessed,

Gabriel Jesus #9 of Arsenal looks on.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Mike Ehrmann / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Arsenal expect to welcome back striker Gabriel Jesus, who was absent for the FA Cup defeat against Liverpool with a minor knee problem. Oleksandr Zinchenko has missed two games due to a calf injury and will be assessed, while Fabio Vieira may be in contention following two months out.

Crystal Palace winger Jesurun Rak-Sakyi could be available after returning to training following a hamstring issue. Jordan Ayew is at the Africa Cup of Nations and Michael Olise remains out.

Head-to-head, Crystal Palace have won just five of the 47 league meetings against The Gunners, including only two away: 2-1 at Highbury in 1994 and 3-2 at Emirates Stadium in 2019.

Palace are unbeaten in their past three Premier League visits to Arsenal under Roy Hodgson. They were under the caretaker management of Paddy McCarthy when they lost 4-1 at the Emirates last season.

However, Arsenal have won three consecutive Premier League encounters against Palace, following a run of one victory in the previous eight. Arsenal have taken just four points from their last 15 available.

They had only dropped nine points from their opening 15 league games this season. The Gunners could suffer four consecutive defeats in all competitions for the first time since February to March 2018 in Arsene Wenger’s final season as manager.

They could also lose three matches in a row at home without scoring for the first time since 1908. Mikel Arteta’s side have scored one goal from 61 shots across their past three fixtures.

Arsenal dropped points in all three London derbies at the Emirates this season, in contrast to winning all seven of their other games. They could lose three consecutive London derbies for the first time since 1993. The Gunners have conceded 10 league goals from the last 19 shots on target they have faced.

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