Arsenal have won their last six Premier League games against Crystal Palace going into Sunday’s latest encounter at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expected to recall Petr Cech in place of David Ospina, while he could also consider recalling Per Mertesacker given Palace’s aerial threat.
Aaron Ramsey came on as a substitute at West Ham last weekend and is also in contention to start, but Jack Wilshere (leg) and Tomas Rosicky (thigh) are not yet ready despite featuring for the Under-21s. Santi Cazorla (Achilles) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) remain unfit.
Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle is unavailable due to a leg muscle problem, but Alan Pardew hopes to have the striker fit in time for the FA Cup semi-final against Watford on Sunday, April 24.
Wilfried Zaha remains a doubt with a shoulder complaint and will face a late fitness test.
Kick-off at Emirates Stadium on Sunday is at 4pm.
- Arsenal have won 10 and lost just one of their 13 Premier League games against Crystal Palace, including winning the last six in a row.
- The Gunners have shipped just eight goals in their last 14 Premier League matches at the Emirates.
- However, they have won none of their three London derbies at home in the Premier League this season (D1 L2).
- Arsenal’s next victory in the Premier League will be their 500th – only Man Utd (582) have won more often in the competition.
- Crystal Palace have taken fewer points in London derbies (4) than any of the clubs from the capital this season.
- Alan Pardew’s side have won none of their last seven Premier League games on the road (D4 L3).
- Olivier Giroud has scored in three of his four Premier League starts against the Eagles.
- Giroud has now gone 11 Premier League games without scoring, his longest drought without a goal in the competition (606 minutes in total).
- Former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor has scored on two of his last three appearances as a visiting player at The Emirates.
- Mesut Ozil has assisted just twice in his last 12 Premier League games, this after providing 16 assists in his first 18 games of the season.