Zaha stars as Arsenal halt Crystal Palace's unbeaten run

Hope Soto
December 29, 2017

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.

In the same fixture last season, Palace defeated Arsenal 3-0 ultimately ending the Gunners faint title ambitions at the time.

The 3-3 draw against Liverpool last week was a further example of Arsenal's strength of character but it once again showcased their defensive vulnerabilities as they were hit on the counter attack by Jurgen Klopp's men - something they'll be desperate to avoid on Thursday.

Defender, Nacho Monreal will not play after sustaining an injury against Liverpool, while Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey are also sidelined.

Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury. This year, Arsenal have only managed to secure two wins on the road this season, this is also the Gunners joint-fewest tally after the opening nine games of the year.

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An improving Palace side are unbeaten in eight and climbed outside the drop zone for the first time this season after successive wins against Watford and Leicester earlier this month.

Manchester United loanee Timothy Fosu-Mensah may be available once again after a recent hamstring complaint, whilst Christian Benteke is back again after serving a one game ban.

Mamadou Sakho misses the clash with a calf strain and Joel Ward is still struggling with a groin problem. The star playmaker has been in impressive form of late and has scored in back-to-back games. Although Aaron Ramsey has begun training again, the Welsh worldwide is still not match fit as he continues rehabilitation on a hamstring injury.

At a time when there are still doubts about Wenger's abilities despite his remarkable longevity - in overseeing his 810th Premier League fixture the Frenchman equalled the record of Sir Alex Ferguson - his team displayed so numerous traits he inspires.

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