Wenger makes three changes for record-equalling Premier League game

Wenger makes three changes for record-equalling Premier League game

Wenger makes three changes for record-equalling Premier League game

The Eagles are unbeaten in their last five games.

Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend (centre) celebrates scoring their first goal with Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha (left). However, as the New Year fast approaches, under the guidance of former England boss Roy Hodgson, Palace have managed to turn their fortunes around.

The Eagles faced relegation rivals Swansea City before Christmas and welcome record breaking table-toppers Manchester City to Selhurst Park on New Year's Eve, but are now on a run of eight games unbeaten - a stark contrast to their early season form.

A key part in the Eagles dramatic turnaround around has been their form at Selhurst Park. Palace were revitalised under Allardyce after a poor start to the season and were on a good run that included other surprise wins against Liverpool and Chelsea.

Palace have Christian Benteke back following his suspension. Jason Puncheon remains available for selection despite being charged with possession of an offensive weapon and assault.

Hodgson still finds himself without Mamadou Sakho whilst the Frenchman recovers from a calf injury, and will also be without Damien Delaney and Connor Wickham for the London derby.

The result leaves Arsene Wenger's men sixth in the league but level on points with fifth-placed Spurs and only a point behind Liverpool in the fourth Champions League spot. "We suffered a bit but for the biggest part of the game we played well". Wenger has already seen his side drop points away from home against the likes of, West Ham, Southampton, Stoke, and Watford.

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Despite leading, Arsenal's form this season meant only another goal would make victory look likely, and its fans had to wait only four more minutes. "We found the resources to score two great goals and from then we never gave up".

French International striker Olivier Giroud will miss the clash in southeast London after being ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury.

Arsenal were booed off at Selhurst Park last season as they lost 3-0 and saw their European aspirations dissipate amidst away supporters singing 'You're not fit to wear the shirt'.

Wenger's side have lost just won of their last eight matches (W4, D3).

Fergie was in charge at Old Trafford when the Premier League kicked off in 1992-3, and kept that post until his retirement in 2013.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims he is "not fearful" of losing Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window. Although they may be far from their tantalising best, Arsenal do still possess a number of striking options.

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