Arsenal fail to consolidated their top 4 position in the league after being held at home by Crystal Palace on Sunday. Gunners dominated the first half but it took them best part of whole first half to score when Danny Welbeck’s lofted ball inside the box was headed home by Alexis Sanchez in 45th minute to put Arsenal 1-0 up. But a late goal from Yannick Bolasie in second half earned a valuable point for Palace.
Arsenal played some good football in the first half but they failed to take their chances. Guilty of over playing in the final third it took them second before the halftime whistle to go in-front when Alexis Sanchez looping header found its way into the back of the net.
Crystal Palace however got themselves back in the game late in second half when Yannick Bolasie scored to make it 1-1 on the day.
Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace
[Premier League, Sunday, 17th April 2016 ]
45′ 1 – 0 Alexis Sanchez scores at the stroke of halftime to make it 1-0 for Arsenal.
82′ 1 – 1 Yannick Bolasie completely took Cech by surprise shot which sneaked in for equalizer.
Arsenal are pretty much out of the title race and even if they win all 6 of their remaining games they would need Tottenham and Leicester to go on a terrible run to stand a chance of league title. They should be more concerned about City and United overtaking them for the third place than thinking of the title at this point as they lead only 2 points to City who are fourth while 6 ahead of United who will play three back to back home games.
Crystal Palace on the other hand has FA Cup semifinal to look forward to apart from that they are pretty much safe in the league currently sitting 16th with 38 points and thats 7 ahead of 17th placed Norwich. Arsenal playing at home will be favourite for this game and should get all three points.
Team News & Lineups: Jack Wilshere still lacks match fitness as he make full recovery from his long term injury and might get a place on the bench, Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain are both out. Coquelis and Elneny are expected to start in midfield roles for Arsenal while Wellbeck, Sanchez, Ozil and Iwoby to play in attacking roles.
Adebayor to start upfront from Crystal Palace with Sako, Puncheon and Bolasie to play behind the Togo striker. Cabaya and Jadinek to start in midfield roles.
Match predictions: Arsenal win is written all over it if we look at the recent form of both teams. I am going with a comfortable Arsenal win in this London derby on Sunday with atleast 2 goal margin.