The Gunners were previously on an awful run of form that had called Arteta’s future at the club into question, as well as raising the prospect of a genuine relegation battle.
However, Arsenal have rallied with three consecutive League victories to haul themselves into 11th place in the table, with Arteta putting faith in the likes of youngsters Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe to turn the tide.
As for Palace, Roy Hodgson’s side have endured an inconsistent campaign, though they sit just a point behind Arsenal in 13th position following a tricky festive period.
Arsenal will be confident heading into tonight’s London derby, but the 2020/21 season has been one of constant susprises so far – and Palace will feel they can test a Gunners side still finding their feet.
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Eze steps up… and curls ut well over. That’s disappointing considering we all know now how he can strike a dead ball.
13 mins: Eze hints at what he can do with a good turn of pace on the flank – he feeds Zaha in the middle, who wins a free-kick 25 yards out. A great position for Eze…
9 mins: Palace’s tactic today seems, unsurprisingly, to be to contain Arsenal and then counter at speed. The first goal could be absolutey crucial tonight, and will likely determine the whole flow of the game.
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A sign there, that Arsenal will miss Tierney tonight. Maitland-Niles gets in down the left, but his cross sails over the bar as he tries to use his left foot.
3 mins: No chances of note yet, but Emile Smith Rowe is getting on the ball already.
It’s remarkable how quickly he has become a key player for Arsenal – but that also speaks to the lack of creativity they’ve shown so far this season.
We are underway at the Emirates.
Now it’s Arsenal’s turn, with the Gunners wearing a green training top.
Here come Palace. With Tierney and Mari out, they may just fancy their chances of getting at that Arsenal defence tonight – especially with Zaha and Eze on the ball.
The teams are in the tunnel now, and are set to come out. The subs are currently making their way to the stands.
We are closing in on kick-off, so stay tuned for all the latest updates from the Emirates with expert analysis from Simon Collings in the stands.