Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium on Sunday
After sealing their spot in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, it’s back to Premier League action for Arsenal this weekend.
Unai Emery’s side host Crystal Palace in a London derby on Sunday looking to maintain their bid for a top-four finish.
The Gunners moved back into the Champions League spots on Monday night with a 1-0 win at Watford, only their second victory in the league away from Emirates Stadium in 2019.
But things have been far better at home for Arsenal, where they have won 10 successive league games for the first time since the 1997-98 double-winning season under Arsene Wenger.
Last time Arsenal met Palace was back in October, when the two sides fought out a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.
Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey on Sunday after he suffered a hamstring injury during Thursday night’s Europa League win against Napoli.
The Wales international was forced off in the first half in Naples and Unai Emery confirmed after the game that the midfielder would be sidelined for “some weeks”.
There are also concerns over Denis Suarez, who has been struggling with a groin injury for the past fortnight.
The attacking midfielder, who has yet to start a single game since his January loan move from Barcelona, was not involved against Watford and did not travel to Italy for the Europa League meeting with Napoli.
Emery will still be without long-term absentees Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck.
Arsenal will be without centre-back Sokratis against Palace as he serves the last game of a two-match ban for amassing 10 bookings throughout the season.
After an energy-sapping game in Naples on Thursday night, Unai Emery has confirmed he will make changes on Sunday when Crystal Palace visit the Emirates.
Speaking after the win in Italy, Emery said: “It’s very important now for the players to have some rotation because some players are injured and we need different players with new energy.
“Sunday is going to be very difficult, some of the players who played [in Naples] maybe cannot play on Sunday.”
With Sokratis suspended for the game, Emery could revert to a back four with a potential centre-back pairing of Shkodran Mustafi and Konstantinos Mavropanos, with Carl Jenkinson an option at right-back if Ainsley Maitland-Niles needs a rest.
In midfield, Matteo Guendouzi could get a start while Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could all come into the starting XI having been on the bench in Naples.
Palace could be without defenders Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins, who both missed the defeat to Manchester City last weekend. Jeffrey Schlupp is also a doubt after limping off during that meeting with Pep Guardiola’s side.
Kick-off is 16.00 BST (11.00 ET) on Sunday April 21, and will not be televised in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC Sports Gold in the United States and will be streamed on NBCSports.com.
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