ARSENAL face fellow London side Crystal Palace tonight in the Premier League.
The Gunners are somewhat on a resurgent patch of form, having previously gone seven games without a win in the league, but victories over Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom have them firing again.
Arsenal beat West Brom in their last Premier League gameCredit: AFP
What time does Arsenal vs Palace kick-off?
- Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Palace will get underway from 8pm UK tonight.
- The game will take place at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.
- There will be no fans in attendance because of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
What channel is it and can it be live streamed?
- Palace’s trip across London to face Arsenal will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.
- The game is available for live streaming on your Sky Go or NOW TV app, both of which can be downloaded onto a mobile or tablet device.
- You can also catch the action from a Smart TV so long as it carries the NOW TV app.
Pablo Mari has played every minute of the purple patch and yet faces a nervous wait before Arteta names his team, with Gabriel Magalhaes’ availability confirmed by the club.
The Brazilian may return at centre-back, having overcome a bout of coronavirus.
In midfield, Partey is back in full training after recovering from a thigh problem.
Arteta is set to make a late call on the Ghanaian’s involvement, given he has only managed one appearance since November 8.
Dani Ceballos and Mohamed Elneny will compete for the central midfield spot alongside Granit Xhaka if Partey does not make the line-up.
Emile Smith Rowe should stay in the XI amid a hugely impressive spell in the side, featuring the winner past Newcastle on Saturday.
Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette are two other forwards in fine form and Arteta will likely deploy both men alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Thursday.
Arsenal are monitoring Martinelli’s fitness following an ankle injury that the striker sustained in the warm-up last time out.
Crystal Palace are the latest club to have had to deal with a player breaching Coronavirus rules.
Eberechi Ezi attended his former club’s FA Cup tie against Fulham and failed to adhere to social distancing, there was just one seat between him and another individual in the Queens Park Rangers directors’ box.
The youngster was also pictured without a mask.
Roy Hodgson said he was disappointed with the 22-year-old but ruled out dropping him for this evening’s clash with Arsenal.
THE STAGE IS SET
The Emirates is looking delightful this evening.
Anyone brave enough to offer a score prediction?!
Arsenal’s future wasn’t looking very bright at the end of 2020, but the new year brought the Gunners new beginnings and they now pose a real threat to Crystal Palace this evening.
The North London side have racked up four wins from four fixtures, across all competitions, and bagged ten goals since Boxing Day – quite a feat for a side who were looking down the table instead of up.
Mikel Arteta has an added boost in the shape of Thomas Partey, as the midfielder is available after a month on the side-lines with a thigh issue.
Crystal Palace, on the other hand, have only taken three points in one game from their past seven.
They do, however, still have a very exciting front three that could test Arsenal this evening.
Roy Hodgson will be without Mamadou Sakho after the defender strained his thigh in their FA Cup defeat, but does have the option to call upon Gary Cahill who has overcome a hamstring issue.
Arsenal have their own injury woes, as Gabriel Martinelli sits out this evening with an ankle injury.
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