Jenkinson and Mavropanos start: Arsenal v Crystal Palace team news

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Arsenal team news

Arsenal are looking for the win that will take us into third place in the Premier League, taking on Crystal Palace at the Emirates today.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Leno, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Elneny, Guendouzi, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Subs: Cech, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Nketiah:

Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Wan-Bissaka, Dann, Kelly, Meyer, Milivojevic, McArthur, Kouyate, Zaha, Benteke

Subs: Hennessy, Van Aanholt, Townsend, Ayew, Batshuayi, Saka, Riedewald

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Charles
Charles

That does not look like a strong 11. Here’s hoping it’s enough at home.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

I agree, it’s gonna be a struggle. I think 1 goal in it. I’m going for a nervy 2 -1 or 1 – 0 with Leno having a good game.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Emery’s just got bored of clean-sheets, relax, and just enjoy the 4-3 extravaganza haha

This time of the year rotation is really important… I just hope we haven’t underestimated our opponents!

Rich
Rich

I’m not sure it’s underestimating?

Xhaka left out as a precaution
Torreira carrying a knock
Rambo twinged with hamstring
= Guendouzi+Elneny

Holding injured
Sokratis suspended
No money in January
= risk Koscielny and put Mavropanos in.

Bellerin injured
Emery doesn’t fancy Lichtstiner, likely due to his lack of athleticism
= Jenkinson

Our squad is stretched and lacking in quality, this is a lineup that seems to be put together out of circumstances, rather than underestimating our opponent.

Can’t say I’m confident for today

Futsboller
Futsboller

My goodness, i hope you are right — it’s 1-3 for CP right now!

David C
David C

Zaha against Jenks, yikes! Hopefully we have enough going forward with Kola Ozil and our two beautiful strikers.

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

Whyyyyy elneny and guendouzi😢

Vonnie
Vonnie

Because we have to rotate. This is when Saurez was supposed to help but can’t, some of our players are out on their feet and the squad has to step up. Hopefully this will be enough, all our players will be giving their everything and we just need to support them over the line.

Uhtred
Uhtred

Well said sir! Someone with a logical brain

Serpent
Serpent

Because Xhaka and Ramsey are injured, and Torreira’s nursing a knock? I don’t know if there are many more midfielders left to use in the squad….

But I agree that it doesn’t look like a strong team. And I worry about Kos.

kaius
kaius

Watching the end of this Everton-Utd game and result aside, some of these players look shattered. Digne, Richarlison going off with injuries… Poor Ramsey.

This is why squad players are so important – starters need to rest and recover or they break down.

Today is about squad players stepping up

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

If you saw man u today or even the city spurs game you will see why, players get tired.

don't forget
don't forget

I actually really like this lineup. Love to see Kos in there, I wasn’t buying all the “he must be rested” hype. It came from the same people who said “he’ll probably never play well again” so let’s just see how he does and let Emery and the staff handle his gametime! COYG!

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

Elneny and guendouzi is a worry. Would have rested one of the strikers too but hey I think we’ll win! Come on the gun

Jack
Jack

Also can I just say LOL Man Utd

frank
frank

Big kudos to Old Theo for completing the dismantling of that heap of dung.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

All the other top 4 contenders lost this week

PeteyB
PeteyB

I’d like too but I’m nervous. I’ll be delighted to mock once we get a result under our belts.
Team looks a little weak but should be enough. nicely set for a right affair with a winning goal from Jenko

David
David

That midfield is weak, we can’t control this game with such players, let’s hope we can outscore them.

Runnings
Runnings

Manager proving his self with this team selection….players need to rise to the occasion. A win would be a telling stoey…..GO JENCO!!!

Vonnie
Vonnie

Jenks scored a lovely goal for the u23s the other day, he’s in the mood!

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

My first game at the Emirates…and this is the lineup…..

Serpent
Serpent

You’ll get to see the Corporal, that’s something, at least…

Vonnie
Vonnie

Keep the faith m’lord……………

momozemio
momozemio

I’m sure you’ll do well😉 cheer loud & enjoy!

kaius
kaius

Don’t worry mate, Auba and Laca gonna put on a show for you

Badaab
Badaab

Jenks versus Zaha does not inspire me with confidence, but here’s to hoping the Corporal can prove me wrong.
Another area of concern is the midfield, Palace have Milivojevic in there and he can be a bit of a nuisance- so lets hope that the coaching staff have paid attention to the problems he can present.

midgunner
midgunner

That’s a shit-load of rotation – I hope its not too much!

Dave
Dave

I don’t have a problem with that midfield pairing, we just need to ensure that there is a link between midfield and attack and not just a huge gap.

santori
santori

Midfield is a problem.

We won’t have enough control of the game.

HansRott
HansRott

Rotation, rotation, rotation.

That’s what the manager said he’d do and he really means it.

I suppose with Wolves in a couple of days’ time and a game every three or four days until the end of the season, it has to make uneasy sense.

Our biggest concern is knackerment or injury during the run-in and further progress in the Europa Cup.

Looks like there’ll be plenty of opportunity for worry in the days ahead. And I’m really not that good at worry.

Giuseppe Hovno
Giuseppe Hovno

Mikki and iwobi on as a double sub at 66 mins?

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Koscielny desperately needs a rest

Martin
Martin

With sok unavailable he really had no choice but to play him.

Arimnestos

Possibly a half each with Nacho.

Kbs
Kbs

There is only one thing I regret this season is Auba missing penalty against Spurs. How easy it would be now to have those extra points. Absolutely no pressure on any of the remaining games. But it is what it is I guess. Hope 3 PTS today.

Martin
Martin

Yes that penalty miss still riles me too but a least a win today puts us ahead of Spurs and 5 points clear of Manu. Please don’t waste this opportunity

Hantal
Hantal

Bloody annoyed it’s not on tv. They’ve gone with Liverpool cardiff instead which a few weeks ago probably seemed the most interesting but now both teams are probably where they’re going to finish its frustrating.

Fairly happy with the team though Kos seems a risk. At least jenks is pretty mobile up and down the wing

Arse-Head
Arse-Head

19 games without a goal, there was nothing surer than a Benteke goal today! Fuckin typical.

Hantal
Hantal

We’re far too generous with players like that

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

This reminds of when Jagielka scored and became the oldest player to score in the PL this season. Srsly typical. And at this point idc what Santori says, Mustafi is such a liability. All I see him doing is raising his hands in protest and leaving his man unmarked

Futsboller
Futsboller

I understand we’re short-staffed and have to rotate, but Emery’s decision to play 5 defenders with a Guendouzi-Elneny midfield pairing is producing exactly what you’d expect at the half — a deficit. Auba and Laca have to have the ball in space to do something with it, and Ozil is having to cover way too much ground (easily marked when we are scrambling). I was disappointed not to see a 4-2-3-1 from kickoff in this one, and fear that Emery is now going to have to make 1 or 2 changes at halftime to get us back into the contest. I know he’s balancing a lot of information and concern, but Emery got this one wrong from the start. Let’s hope it is not beyond repair.

Futsboller
Futsboller

His final sub is Torreira on for Elneny, when we are chasing the game. Wow. Just wow.

shokim
shokim

Are we having a EL hangover? So poor today.

Voldermort
Voldermort

Mustafi can fuck right off. He has probably just cost the cost best part of 50 million or more . Joke of a footballer

Futsboller
Futsboller

It’s easy to hate on Mustafi, but Leno should have come out to gather that one … Arsenal getting bossed by Crystal Palace at the Emirates, when we had the chance to go into third and begin sealing up a top four spot. Why do we do this to ourselves, game after game, season after season … So frustrating.

Der32
Der32

Obviously Musti was the only one in the stadium who thought Leno should’ve came to get the ball. Protecting him is noble, but Mustafi is just a total liability.

David C
David C

Mustafi was in front of Zaha, just keep running and clear the ball. Mustafi is so terrible

Badaab
Badaab

Jon Moss is the worst current official in the PL.

Hantal
Hantal

Great goal from Ozil to equalise and then we bottle it. Bloody typical

santori
santori

Not giving Palace respect. We’ll pay for it.

CroArse
CroArse

Iwobi should score. Mustafi is crap player. Coach underestimated CP.

CroArse
CroArse

Elneni is nothing but last resort.