Following their Europa League exit on Thursday, Arsenal will be looking to bounce back and focus on their Premier League title aspirations. The Gunners are out of all cup competitions this year and will be hoping to secure a top-four finish in the league.
Arsenal legend Patrick Viera will not be returning to the Emirates on Sunday as he was sacked as Crystal Palace manager on Friday. The Eagles have been struggling with a poor run of form, without a win in their last eleven Premier League games. Their last victory was on December 31st, and they are now just three points above the relegation zone.
The match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace will take place on Sunday, March 19 at 2pm UK time at the Emirates Stadium. Unfortunately, the game will not be broadcast live in the UK, but fans can keep up with the action by following SunSport’s live blog.
Arsenal will be without defensive duo William Saliba and Takehiro Tomiyasu, who were both taken off in the first half of their Europa League loss to Sporting on Thursday. Eddie Nketiah is still recovering from an ankle injury, and Mohamed Elneny is unavailable due to a knee injury sustained in January.
On a positive note, Gabriel Jesus had his first 45 minutes since the World Cup and will be competing with Leandro Trossard for a starting position up top. Palace midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga will not be able to face his parent club, and midfield duo Will Hughes and James McArthur are unlikely to be involved due to illness. The Eagles are also facing a goalkeeping crisis, with both Sam Johnstone and Vicente Guaita out injured. Academy graduate Joe Whitworth is likely to start in goal again as he did in their 1-0 loss to Brighton in midweek.
Ladbrokes has Arsenal as the clear favorites with odds of 1/4, while a draw is at 9/2 and Crystal Palace is at 12/1. These odds are correct at the time of publication.
In summary, Arsenal will be looking to recover from their Europa League exit and focus on their Premier League campaign. Crystal Palace will be hoping to end their poor run of form and avoid relegation. The match will take place on Sunday, March 19 at 2pm UK time at the Emirates Stadium, but unfortunately, it will not be broadcast live in the UK.