Welbeck dropped, Wenger to make changes: 4-2-3-1 Arsenal predicted line-up against Crystal Palace


Arsenal will seek to close the gap on the top-four when they take on a resurgent Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday night. The Gunners earned a well deserved 3-0 victory over West Ham United in midweek following a wretched run which had seen them gain just four points from a possible 18 in the Premier League.

Formation: 4-2-3-1


Damian Martinez is likely to keep his position between the sticks with both Petr Cech and David Ospina spending a reasonable time on the sidelines.

The back four could remain the same as in midweek with Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal set to take up the full-back positions on either side of central defensive duo Skhodran Mustafi and Gabriel.

Both Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny put up a resounding performance in the centre of the park on Wednesday night and the latter could keep his place ahead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who provided an assist on his injury comeback as a substitute.

Theo Walcott bagged his 19th goal of the campaign against the Hammers, and he will possibly retain his spot on the right wing.

The combination of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil proved too much to handle for Slaven Bilic’s side, and the pair will be hoping to replicate their showing against an in-form Crystal Palace team. Expect Sanchez to be deployed on the left side of the attack with World Cup winner Ozil occupying the number 10 role behind the main striker.

Olivier Giroud bagged his fifth goal as a league substitute for the Gunners, and he could earn a surprise start ahead of Danny Welbeck, who has looked short of his best form in recent games.

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