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ARS Vs CRY: Arsenal Team News, Previous Meetings And The Ideal Formation Mikel Arteta Should Deploy

November International football week ends on Friday, with resumption of league duties across the major leagues in Europe kicking off on Saturday. First, Watford and Liverpool will square up in another welcome back premier league experience for Claudio Ranieri, who recently replaced Munoz Xisco as Watford head coach earlier this month, before Crystal Palace visit Emirates Stadium in a Monday night football.

Ahead of Crystal Palace visits to North London, let's look at Arsenal's team news, Previous Meetings with Crystal Palace, Their Recent form And Likely formation Mikel Arteta should deploy against the Eagles.

Arsenal Team News

Grant Xhaka limped out during the North London derby last month, and has since been ruled out for three months. He is the only long term absentee for Arsenal, with every other senior players clearly fit.

Goalkeepers: Aaron Ramsdale, Bernd Leno, Arthur Okonkwo.

Defenders: Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding, Cedric, Calum Chambers, Sead Kolasinic, Nuno Tavares, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney.

Midfielders: Mohamed Elney, Emile Smith Rowe, Maitland Niles, Thomas Partey, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Martin Odegaard, Bukoya Saka.

Forwards: Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe, Gabriel Martinelli, Aubemyang, Falorin Balogun, Eddie Nketiah.

Arsenal Previous Meetings With Crystal Palace, And Their Recent Form

Arsenal and Crystal Palace first met on 27th January 1934 in the FA Cup at Highbury, with the gunners claiming a 7-0 win. Their first league meeting was on 1st November 1969 in league division one, with Arsenal triumphing 5-1 away to Crystal Palace. In total, they have met 49-times in all competitions that includes 29-wins, 15-draws and 5-loses for the gunners.

This will be the 50th meeting between these two teams, and the first time two former Arsenal players managing Arsenal and Crystal Palace will be meeting.


Three wins and a draw in the last four premier league matches represent a significant improvement for the gunners, but have to improve from their performance against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Crystal Palace in their past five(5) premier league matches have claimed one(1) win and three(3) draws, and will be keen to improve against the gunners.

The Ideal Formation Mikel Arteta Should Deploy

Mikel Arteta should opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation against the Eagles, with Aaron Ramsdale to start in goal. At the back four, the central defence partnership of Benjamin White and Gabriel Magalhaes should continue, with Kieran Tierney starting from the left side defence and either Cedric or Chambers in the right side, as Takehiro Tomiyasu who was heavily involved with Japan during the World Cup qualifiers should be rested.

Thomas Partey and Mohammad Elney should start in the deep Midfield, with Martin Odegaard in the No.10 role, flanked by Smith Rowe or Gabriel Martinelli in the left side forward and Bukayo Saka or Nicolas Pepe in the right side forward, while Lacazette should start upfront. P. Aubemyang should start from the bench.

Arsenal 4-2-3-1 Line Ups

Predicted Match Outcome

A 2-0 lose at Emirates Stadium to Chelsea means Arsenal have only lost once at home this season, with Mikel Arteta keen to improve their league standing. Patrick Viera's men will be hoping to upset the gunners again since their last 3-2 premier league win at Emirates Stadium on 21st August 2019.

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