Confirmed: Arsenal and Crystal Palace line-ups

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Here is how Arsenal and Crystal Palace will line up this weekend:

Arsenal welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates Stadium this afternoon for their latest Premier League clash.

The Gunners know how vital three points will be with Manchester City leapfrogging them on Saturday and Manchester United hot on their heels.

As things stand only three points separate Arsenal in fourth place and United in fifth position and Arsene Wenger’s side could yet slip out of the Champions League qualification spots if they do not win more often than not between now and May.

As for Palace, they are 16th in the table and not yet safe from relegation despite a recent upturn in form.

Alan Pardew’s side are eight points clear of the bottom three and a victory this afternoon will be a real shot in the arm.

That said, Palace have only won three of the previous 38 meetings between the two sides so it will take an almighty effort to overcome Arsenal in their own backyard this weekend.

Arsenal lineup

Starting:

  • Petr Cech
  • Héctor Bellerín
  • Gabriel Paulista
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Francis Coquelin
  • Mohamed Elneny
  • Alex Iwobi
  • Mesut Özil
  • Alexis Sánchez
  • Danny Welbeck

Substitutes: David Ospina, Calum Chambers, Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey, Joel Campbell, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott.

C. Palace lineup

Starting:

  • Wayne Hennessey
  • Scott Dann
  • Damien Delaney
  • Pape Souaré
  • Joel Ward
  • Yannick Bolasie
  • Yohan Cabaye
  • Mile Jedinak
  • Joe Ledley
  • Jason Puncheon
  • Connor Wickham

Substitutes: Julian Speroni, Martin Kelly, Adrian Mariappa, Lee Chung-yong, Bakary Sako, Wilfried Zaha, Emmanuel Adebayor.

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