Arsenal are looking for a win against Crystal Palace at the Emirates this Saturday, after a run of five games without one.
The last time the Gunners actually won a game was back on 28th December, against Palace at Selhurst Park.
Since then, they’ve drawn with West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea (twice), and lost to Nottingham Forest and AFC Bournemouth.
Not only that, but Arsenal honestly haven’t deserved a win in any of those games.
Against West Brom, Mike Dean’s late penalty robbed the team of three points, but those points were coming courtesy of an own goal.
In the two Chelsea matches, the Gunners upped their game a bit, but still threw away a lead at the Emirates.
The less said about the Forest and Bournemouth games, the better.
Arsenal last managed consecutive league wins in November. Right now it’d be nice to get just one on the board.
Palace will want revenge for the late-2017 loss, so Wenger’s men shouldn’t take anything for granted.
In terms of injuries, the manager had some positive news in his press conference. Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal should both return to the squad. Mesut Özil could also recover in time for the match.
The team struggled to create chances and keep a clean sheet against Bournemouth, so that’s all very welcome news.
Aaron Ramsey, who appeared in the final minutes of the match at the Vitality Stadium, should be available too. It’s not all good news though, as Olivier Giroud is still out, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles has ‘flu.
In other potential team news, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could feature if they complete moves to the Gunners before midday on Friday but that seems highly unlikely now. In order to feature against Palace they needed to be registered by 12pm Friday.
The head-to-head record between the two sides should encourage the Gunners as well. Arsenal have won 27 and lost just four of their 42 meetings. Palace haven’t ever won away against Arsene Wenger.
Then again, Bournemouth had never won against Arsenal until last week so head-to-head stats mean nothing.
That all being said, it’s at home so Arsenal should be able to finally collect a win.