Arsenal welcome Patrick Vieira‘s Crystal Palace to the Emirates in Monday’s Premier League clash as two ex-Arsenal midfielders prepare to lock horns in the dugout tonight.

Mikel Arteta‘s side drew 0-0 with Brighton & Hove Albion before the international break, while the Eagles took a point of their own in a meeting with Leicester City.

Mikel Arteta has a tricky choice ahead of the Gunners’ clash with Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners take on Patrick Vieira’s Eagles in north London on Monday evening without one of their main midfield generals in the form of Granit Xhaka, after he was injured against Tottenham while Gabriel Martinelli picked up a minor injury over the international break and will be assessed closer to the time.

With Xhaka out, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Thomas Partey should form the midfield pairing against Palace unless Arteta drops Smith Rowe and Odegaard deeper to accommodate Nicholas Pepe in the line up.

Meanwhile, Palace only have long-term absentees Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson to worry about, with Olise announcing himself to the Premier League in style off the bench last time out and will fight it out with Jordan Ayew for a place in the starting lineup.

Four of Palace’s seven league games so far this season have ended in draw, but only one has ended with Vieira’s side coming out on top and that is the memorable triumph over Tottenham Hotspur – and that string of results has left the Eagles 14th in the table at this early stage.

Arsenal will need to be defensively astute against Palace and make sure Wilfred Zaha doesn’t wreak havoc as he’s done in the past.

Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; McArthur, Milivojevic, Gallagher; Ayew, Edouard, Zaha

Prediction: 1-1 draw


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