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CRYSTAL PALACE VS ARSENAL

Published:Friday | August 14, 2015 | 8:00 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE (4-2-3-1)

McCARTHY, WARD, DANN, DELANEY, SOURE, McARTHUR, CABAYE, ZAHA, PUNCHEON, MUTCH,

MURRAY

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)

GIROUD, CAZORLA, OZIL, OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN,

COQUELIN, RAMSEY,

MONREAL, KOSCIELNY, MERTESACKER, BELLERIN, CECH

After suffering a shocking opening-day defeat at home to West Ham, Arsenal travel across London in a bid to avoid successive defeats at the start of the season; they have lost the opening two games of the season only once before in the Premier League, in the competition's opening season, 1992-93.

But the Gunners face a Crystal Palace side that opened their season with an impressive 3-1 win at Norwich, to claim an eighth win in 13 Premier League games following on from their successful survival battle at the end of last term.

However, Arsenal's recent record against the Eagles is good; they have won their last five and are unbeaten in none (winning seven and drawing two). Palace last beat the Gunners in October 1994, at Arsenal, but they have never won against them in the Premier League at home.

Palace's last win against Arsenal at home came back in November 1979 in the old First Division; since then the Eagles have lost six and drawn four, while in the Premier League they have lost five of six.