Gabriel Magalheas and Alexandre Lacazette set to return while Gabriel Martinelli will be in contention to feature when Arsenal play hosts to Crystal Palace at Emirates stadium on Thursday evening.
Arsenal will be aiming to continue their excellent run of form when they take on Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace at Emirates on Thursday as they looking for their fourth consecutive win in the Premier League in an attempt to push further up the table.
The Gunners are coming on the back of a 2-0 win over Newcastle United in the third round of the FA Cup at the weekend – a game where Mikel Arteta made a lot of changes to his starting eleven. It is, therefore, reasonable to expect him revert those changes by recalling bunch of his first-team players tonight.
Ahead of their latest fixture, Mikel Arteta has received a lot of huge boost concerns about his players fitness especially Gabriel Magalheas, Thomas Partey and Gabriel Martinelli.
According to club official website, Gabriel Magalheas is available for tonight selection and it won’t be surprising to see the Brazilian make his return to the starting lineup alongside Hector Bellerin in the defensive department.
Gabriel’s return could see him form the central defensive unit alongside Rob Holding, who signed a new long-term contract with the club earlier of the week while Bellerin and Kieran Tierney should operate as the full-backs, providing cover for Bernd Leno in goal.
As for the midfield unit, Thomas Partey is back in full training and could be in contention to feature tonight. However, Mikel Arteta will be keen on avoiding making the mistake he did last time out by rushing the Ex-Atletico Madrid star back into the starting eleven. We could, thus, expect Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka to operate in the double-pivot against Crystal Palace.
Another positive news for Arsenal this week has been the return of Gabriel Martinelli. The Brazilian sustained an ankle injury problem during warming up ahead of Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in the FA Cup last weekend. However, an update on Wednesday has confirmed that the Brazilian has trained with the team and could be an option against Crystal Palace.
That said, both Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe will have to settle for a place on the bench nonetheless, with Arteta likely to deploy Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the wider attacking positions while starlet Emile Smith-Rowe remains to lead No. 10 role.
Finally Alexandre Lacazette, who netted four goals in the last three league games, expected to lead the attacking for Mikel Arteta’s men tonight.
Arsenal Predicted XI: Leno; Bellerin, Gabriel, Holding, Tierney; Xhaka, Ceballos; Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette