How we expect Arsenal to lineup against Palace

Granit Xhaka is the only major absentee as he is still recovering from a knee injury picked up last month.

Gabriel Martinelli is also a doubt after picking up an unspecified injury last week, but he was unlikely to start anyway.

Arteta could well name the same side who drew 0-0 with Brighton before the international break, but he may opt to change the midfield.

Given Arsenal are at home, the Spaniard may prefer to setup in a 4-3-3 formation – with an attacking midfield trio of Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey.

That would see Albert Sambi Lokonga dropping out of the side and Nicolas Pepe coming in to play out wide.

Arsenal predicted XI: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Smith Rowe, Partey, Odegaard; Saka, Aubameyang, Pepe.

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Arsenal squad from: Leno, Ramsdale, Okonkwo; Cedric, Chambers, Gabriel, Holding, Kolasinac, Mari, Tavares, Tierney, Tomiyasu, White; Elneny, Lokonga, Maitland-Niles, Odegaard, Partey, Saka, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang, Balogun, Lacazette, Martinelli, Nketiah and Pepe.


By Malvi