Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have come into the new year with a renewed sense of optimism after bringing their dismal run of results to an end.
The Gunners have now won all of their last four fixtures, though needed extra time to see off Newcastle in Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie.
But momentum is with Arsenal at the minute, while Palace have been plagued by inconsistency.
Nevertheless, Arteta is not taking anything for granted with his selection after urging his players to address their disappointing home form, starting with the clash against The Eagles.
After ringing the changes for the FA Cup, Arteta is returning to his tried and tested, with six players recalled into the starting XI.
Emile Smith Rowe is back in the No.10 role following his heroics at the weekend, and will play behind in-form striker Alexandre Lacazette.
To the left of the Frenchman in attack will be Arsenal’s captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Bukayo Saka will keep his place on the right flank.
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Midfield brings about the only change from the line-up which faced West Brom, as Mohamed Elneny comes in for Dani Ceballos.
Thomas Partey has returned to fitness but faces a late assessment to determine if he will be in the squad.
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In any event, Partey will not be risked from the off, as Elneny is set to partner Granit Xhaka.
Arteta also welcomes back Gabriel Magalhaes following injury but will keep faith with Rob Holding and Pablo Mari at the heart of Arsenal’s defence, while Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin will resume their usual full-back roles.
Gabriel Martinelli is also back in full training but may only earn a place on the bench.
Arsenal predicted XI: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Elneny, Smith-Rowe; Saka, Aubameyang, Lacazette.