On Sunday (March 19), Arsenal will welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates Stadium for their Premier League clash, as they look to bounce back from their recent disappointment in the UEFA Europa League.
Arsenal had a heart-breaking exit from the Europa League, losing 5-3 on penalties to Sporting CP, after the sides had played out a 2-2 draw in Lisbon.
Granit Xhaka had given Arsenal the lead in the first half, but Pedro Goncalves equalized for the hosts after the hour mark, sending the match to extra time and ultimately, penalties, where Gabriel Martinelli missed the decisive kick for the Gunners.
Despite their European heartbreak, Arsenal have been in fine form in the Premier League, winning their last five top-flight games and sitting five points clear of defending champions Manchester City at the top of the table.
Crystal Palace, on the other hand, find themselves in 12th position, having won just six of their 27 league games this season, and coming into this match without a win in 2023 and having lost their last three games without scoring a goal.
In their previous encounters, Arsenal have won 30 of the 52 meetings between the two sides, with only six losses. Their last seven clashes have seen four draws, and Arsenal will look to complete a league double over Palace for the first time since the 2017-18 season, having beaten them 2-0 earlier this campaign.
Palace have avoided defeat in their last four Premier League visits to the Emirates, drawing the last three, but Arsenal have won eight of their nine London derbies in the Premier League this season.
Although Palace could feel confident about their chances of avoiding defeat at the Emirates, given their recent record there, Arsenal’s strong league form should give them the edge in this encounter.
Unless there is another unexpected upset like in Europe in midweek, Arsenal should comfortably come out on top in this match. Fans can track the live score and detailed statistics of the match on various sports platforms to keep up with the action.