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Arsenal attacker deal off after meetings concluded

Arsenal attacker deal off after meetings concluded

Arsenal welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates Stadium this Saturday for a London derby full of intrigue, with both sides experiencing mixed fortunes this season.

Arsenal are now sixth in the Premier League, five points adrift of north London rivals Spurs and a further eight points below fourth-placed Chelsea.

Nevertheless, they host a quickly improving Crystal Palace side who caused them problems in the return fixture just a few weeks previous.

Bakary Sako's victor has lifted Palace up to 12th in the Premier League table, with the former England manager's side putting their early season woes firmly behind them. Here are five key players to watch with Arsene Wenger's side in desperate need of a get-right victory.

The arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United would make Ramsey's prospects look even gloomier.

The Gunners beat Palace in the reverse fixture towards the end of a year ago and will be hoping to back up the performance this weekend.

Gunners are with a solitary league win at Emirates in their last four matches, as they drew against Liverpool and Chelsea, lost against Man United.




Arsene Wenger insisted Arsenal's turbulent January has not affected his desire to remain in charge of the troubled Premier League club beyond this season.

In team news, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil return for the Gunners after their respective injuries, but Ainsley Maitland-Niles (flu) is a doubt, while Olivier Giroud is one week away from his return.

However Hodgson's team still come into this game with a slight spring in their step after winning two of their last three, seeing off the challenge of Southampton and high flying Burnley.

Santi Cazorla, of course, remains a long-term absentee after hopes for a New Year comeback were scuppered in November by a ninth operation on a gruesome achilles injury that left him "starting at zero".

Brighton are the only team to score fewer goals on the road than Palace's tally of 6.

As aforementioned, Alexis Sanchez could also play.

Asked if the playmaker will still be an Arsenal player after the transfer window closes, Wenger replied: "In February?" It could be a case of another narrow home win.


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