Mikel Arteta's side drew 0-0 with Brighton & Hove Albion before the international break, while the Eagles took a point of their own in a meeting with Leicester City.
The Arsenal from the first 45 minutes of their North London derby win over Tottenham Hotspur was nowhere to be seen on the South Coast, as Arteta's side was nullified and were arguably fortunate to come away with a point at the Amex Stadium.
The Gunners had fleeting opportunities of their own which they could not convert, but compared to the horror show of results in August, 10 points from the last 12 on offer is a marked improvement for Arteta - the September manager of the month.
Arsenal has risen to 11th in the rankings for the time being - which could certainly change over the weekend before their encounter with Palace - and while they are on an upwards trajectory, mid-table obscurity is still far from where they want to be.
Furthermore, only basement side Norwich City have scored fewer than the five goals that Arsenal have chalked up so far in the 2021-22 Premier League season - although three other teams can also boast just a quintet of strikes - the Aaron Ramsdale-marshalled defense has conceded just once in their last 360 minutes of top-flight football.
Long-term knee victim Granit Xhaka is Arsenal's only confirmed absentee at this moment in time, while Gabriel Martinelli picked up a minor injury over the international break and will be assessed closer to the time.
The Brazilian starlet was never likely to start here, though, while Albert Sambi Lokonga and Thomas Partey should form the midfield pairing with Xhaka sidelined unless Arteta opts to drop Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith-Rowe deeper in a 4-3-3.
Arsenal possible starting lineup: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang
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