Arsenal manager Unai Emery would have been absolutely delighted with their performance against Napoli in the Europa League last night.
The Gunners have been poor away from the Emirates this season, but they put in a professional display on the road to secure their place in the semi-finals with a 1-0 second leg win.
Emery can now refocus his attention on the race for the top four with a match against Crystal Palace on Sunday. Arsenal will be firm favourites for this game, considering their excellent home record this campaign.
The Eagles are, though, a tough team to face away from Selhurst Park. They beat Manchester City 3-2 back in December and only lost 4-3 to Liverpool at Anfield in January.
Roy Hodgson’s side have a better record on the road (23 points) than at home (16 points) so this will be another difficult game for the Gunners.
The London club will be without Aaron Ramsey who suffered a hamstring injury against Napoli. It’s uncertain whether he will play again this season.
Granit Xhaka is a doubt with a hip problem, while Rob Holding (knee), Danny Welbeck (ankle) and Hector Bellerin (knee) are long term absentees, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos will serve the second match of his two-game ban.
Arsenal’s Predicted XI To Face Crystal Palace:
Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Palace will have their first-choice centre-back partnership missing. Mamadou Sakho remains out with a knee issue while James Tomkins has been ruled out for the season with a groin injury. Jeffrey Schlupp is also a major doubt due to a muscular problem.
Crystal Palace’s Predicted XI:
Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Dann, van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Townsend, Batshuayi, Zaha
The bookies have Arsenal as odds-on favourites to come out on top on Sunday with Unibet having them at 11/20. A draw is 18/5 with Betfair while a Palace victory is 11/2 at William Hill.