Arsenal have the chance to open up an 8-point gap at the top of the English Premier League when they host Crystal Palace.

Arsenal have the chance to open up an 8-point gap at the top of the English Premier League when they host Crystal Palace.

With Man City in FA Cup action this weekend, the Gunners can go up to 69 points if they can win on Sunday.

Arsenal are coming off a bad week as they were knocked out of the Europa League by Sporting Lisbon after a penalty shootout.

Meanwhile, Palace have troubles of their own as they sacked coach Patrick Vieira after three consecutive losses ahead of this London derby.

Palace are on a horrible 12-game run without a win and will hope to replicate their 3-0 success over Arsenal last season.

Palace have avoided defeat in their last four Premier League away games at Arsenal – throwing away two points in a 2-2 draw last season.

Having beaten Palace 2-0 earlier this season, Arsenal will look to complete a league double over them for the first time since the 2017-18 season.

Arsenal have won eight of their nine London derbies in the Premier League this season, the best record yet by a London club in a season.

Palace have failed to find the back of the net in their last four games and need to change this up if they are to get anything from this game.

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What time does Arsenal vs Crystal Palace start?

The game kicks off at 5pm Kenyan time at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace team news

Takehiro Tomiyasu and William Saliba were both injured in the first half on Thursday night and will definitely miss this game.

In their absence, Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney are both primed to start with Granit Xhaka coming back into the midfield as well.

Gabriel Jesus is likely to feature from the bench as Leandro Trossard continues his starting role, alongside Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.

Albert Sambi Lokonga cannot face his parent club and will sit this one out for Palace but Will Hughes will return to the starting line-up.

Joe Whitworth could make back-to-back Premier League starts in goal as Vincent Guaita continues to battle his hamstring issue.

The rest of the team will remain unchanged.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace head to head

The Gunners have 11 wins to their name from 21 games played against Palace, who have only won 3 times.

The remaining 7 have resulted in a draw.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace current form

The hosts have three wins, one draw and one defeat to their name in the last 5 games while Palace have lost three times and drawn twice in that run.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace prediction

Unfortunately, Palaces’ winless run is almost guaranteed to continue here as Arsenal boast an admirable home record in the league.

Mikel Arteta’s side is tipped to win on the day.

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