Arsenal usually win when they play Crystal Palace, but they will have a difficult time extending that run on Thursday given recent form.

The Gunners have enjoyed playing Palace since they returned to the Premier League in 2013. In the eight encounters between the two sides since then, Arsenal have won six, drawn once and lost once.

That one defeat came at Selhurst Park last season, however, so it’s still fresh in the mind. Last April, Arsenal were in terrible form as the uncertainty surrounding Arsene Wenger’s future damaged the squad’s focus.

Xhaka and team-mates disappointed after the 3-0 defeat against Palace last week
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 10: Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka looks dejected in defeat with team mates after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on April 10, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Palace took advantage of that and won 3-0 with goals from Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic. Before then, the best Palace had managed was a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium in April 2016.

Although Arsenal usually win, they don’t score many goals against the Eagles. In fact, since their return to the top flight, Arsenal have yet to win by more than a two-goal deficit.

Palace have proven to be quite stubborn over the years, but Arsenal’s quality has come through. However, that might not be the case this time around. Palace have drawn five of their last eight games thanks to some newly found defensive solidity.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have just twice on the road all season. So while history suggests Arsene Wenger’s side will win, the formbook is telling us that a draw is the most-likely result on Thursday night.

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