After a horror opening three games for Arsenal, Mikel Arteta performed a full 180 spin and masterminded three successive triumphs in the proceeding games, including a North London derby rout over Tottenham, which culminated in the Spaniard clinching September’s Premier League Manager of the Month.
A goalless stalemate at Brighton just tempered the momentum heading into the international break, so the Gunners will be champing at the bit to get back on the turf and continue turning the tide as they look to push up the table. As it stands, the north Londoners are 11th, but just six points off the summit.
Palace meanwhile will be relishing this match-up, not least because former Arsenal ‘Invincible’ Patrick Vieira returns to the Premier League to tussle with a cherished ex. Under the Frenchman’s stewardship, the Eagles have been well-drilled and have become something of a draw specialist.
Just the single victory in seven doesn’t paint a particularly promising picture for Vieira, but the performances have offered fans a crumb of comfort, and their two defeats have come at the hands of Chelsea and Liverpool. Fans are still reeling from that 3-0 battering they inflicted on London rivals Tottenham.
They will hope to claim another north London scalp on Monday night.
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Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Match Stats
Palace are a tenacious outfit and few encapsulate that industrious approach more than Conor Gallagher, whom Vieira drafted in from Chelsea on loan over the summer after a highly-fruitful stint with West Brom last term .Of course with grit and steel comes the possibility of mistiming a challenge, whether tactically to prevent an opposition attack, or simply of one’s own fault. Gallagher’s up-and-at-em approach has seen him collect 13 yellow cards since the start of last season, an unwanted stat bettered only by fellow midfield destroyer John McGinn (14). For Arsenal, Thomas Partey is one of the biggest culprits. Despite starting just 21 Premier League games since joining from Atletico Madrid, he is the club’s third-highest offender with six yellows.
Arsenal may find their best route to goal comes from long range, which almost contradicts the playing ethos cultivated and embedded by Arsene Wenger over two decades in north London. Simply put, Palace have conceded more goals from outside the box than any other side in the Premier League this season (five), and we know players like Martin Odegaard have a wicked strike on them, notably his free-kick finish against Burnley earlier this season.
19 May 2021 – Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal – Premier League
14 Jan 2021 – Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace – Premier League
11 Jan 2020 – Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal – Premier League
27 Oct 2019 – Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace – Premier League
21 Apr 2019 – Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace – Premier League
Incredibly, Arsenal have secured victory in just one of their last six Premier League games against Crystal Palace, though that triumph came in their most recent meeting five months ago. Arteta’s men ended the Roy Hodgson era by winning the evergreen tactician’s final match at Selhurst Park, before he bowed out in the summer. Two goals past the 90-minute mark from Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli settled the contest in south London.