Mikel Arteta & co. will welcome their local rivals Crystal Palace at the Emirates stadium in the Premier League matchday eight of the season on Monday evening.
After losing their first three opening league games, Mikel Arteta’s men kick-off their September fixtures in perfect ways, winning three games and draw one at of their four league matches before the international break.
The Gunners secured 1-0 victory over Norwich and Burnely before beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 and drawing against Brighton. Securing 10 points out a possible 12 is seen as progress, and Mikel Arteta’s men would want to build on this momentum when face Palace at Emirates this evening.
Arsenal have a decent run of games before the next international break, with Palace, Aston Villa, Leicester City and Watford on their list, and Mikel Arteta would be demanding his side’s collect maximum point from these games to stand any chance of fighting for top-four spot in the Premier League this season.
Before the break, Mikel Arteta’s men showcased two different sides to their game, first against Spurs and then away at Brighton, struggling throughout at the Amex Stadium.
The Gunners boss Mikel Arteta would like to rectify his mistakes from that game to make his side attack more fluidly and solve the problem of scoring goals in their upcoming fixtures.
Having found a solid defensive resilience at the back with an established set of players fit and firing on all cylinders, Mikel Arteta wants consistency from his midfielders and final third players.
The Gunners will have to be prepared better than they did against Brighton when they face a progressive Crystal Palace side led by one of Arsenal’s former captains.
The main talking point has been the much-anticipated return of Patrick Vieira back to the club, where he excelled and guided the team to glory. However, when the Frenchman brings his Crystal Palace side to the fore, all loyalties will have to be forgotten for 90 minutes.
And ahead of mouthwatering clash with Palace, who securing impressive draws with Brighton, Brentford, West Ham United and Leicester this season, Mikel Arteta will be without only Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Martinelli, as both battle with injury problem.
The rest of Gunners squad are available for the selection, with Mikel Arteta will likely look to field an attacking side at the Emirates after his side’s struggling to find back of net against Brighton before the break.
Arsenal available squad to face Crystal Palace
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Aaron Ramsdale.
Defenders: Pablo Mari, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Rob Holding, Cedric Soares, Gabriel Magalheas, Ben White, Calum Chambers, Kieran Tierney, Nuno Tavares, Seed Kolasinac.
Midfielders: Thomas Partey, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Mohamed Elneny, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith-Rowe.
Forwards: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe.
Where is the match being played? at the Emirates stadium
When is kick off? Monday October 18, at 8:00PM