With two games of the Premier League season remaining, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Crystal Palace.
At the time of writing, following the win over Chelsea, Arsenal still have an outside chance at making it into European competition, so Mikel Arteta will presumably continue to pick his best available side until that changes.
Whilst some fans have been calling for youth players to get chances, it’s just not reasonable to expect that whilst European qualification is still possible.
If anything, it’s more in the interests of those youth players for Arsenal to qualify than anyone else. They’re the ones most likely to get chances in the group stages of the Europa Conference League.
With that in mind, here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Crystal Palace.
Bernd Leno put in a strong performance against Chelsea to keep a clean sheet, and he’ll probably start away to Palace as well.
As mentioned, Arteta is likely to keep picking his first-choice players until European qualification is mathematically impossible, and Leno remains his first-choice goalkeeper, despite the rumours about his future.
Assuming David Luiz is unavailable, Pablo Mari and Rob Holding will likely start in central defence, though we’ll see how Luiz progresses in the build-up to the game. Kieran Tierney will start at left-back.
This is another area of the pitch that could be impacted by the return of one of Arsenal’s injury sufferers, with Granit Xhaka likely to start if he can get fit. But for now, our prediction is that he’ll be a bit short.
As a result, Dani Ceballos and Thomas Partey can start the match. Mohamed Elneny put in a decent enough performance against Chelsea, but the Palace game is a very different prospect that Ceballos is probably more suited to.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should start up front, as Alexandre Lacazette continues to work his way back to full fitness. Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe are the most likely to start on the wings, with Willian and Gabriel Martinelli as alternatives.
You’d expect some element of managing the team to compete in both Wednesday’s game against Palace and Sunday’s game against Brighton. But it’s best for Arteta to go strong in the first game and make changes later if Arsenal have the lead.