Photos: Arsenal's five key players against Crystal Palace

Per Mertesacker

Several Arsenal players need to be at the top of their game for the Gunners this weekend.

Arsenal will be the favourites heading into the Premier League game against Crystal Palace this weekend, but they need their key players to perform well during the match.

Here are five key players for Arsenal this weekend.

Per Mertesacker

Palace’s home support will get on the back of Arsenal and try to make it a difficult atmosphere for them to play in. Mertesacker is one player who can take the sting out of Palace’s attacking play, making the job of the attack easier.

Francis Coquelin

Coquelin is going to be an important player in terms of breaking up any pressure that Palace create in open play. He needs to time his challenges well and can’t be reckless when he goes into big tackles and confrontations against opposition players.

Santi Cazorla

The Spaniard will make things tick through the middle of Arsenal’s attack. The Gunners just need to get him on the ball once and he can make the difference with a slick goal, a killer pass or a well-placed set piece.

Alexis Sanchez

Arguably the best signing of last summer. He’ll be the man that Arsene Wenger will want to get on the ball as quickly as possible. He can be dangerous out wide and can also drift into central positions where he’s equally effective.

Olivier Giroud

The big French striker is the man Arsenal will be relying on to convert any good chances, which fall his way. He needs to try and front up to a defence, which will more than likely try to get in his face and keep him out of the game.

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