The visitors will certainly be the happier of the two sides at the break, with Arsenal dominating possession at times, but they haven’t really found their top gear just yet.

It’s goalless at the break between Arsenal and Palace, with the visitors having the best chances to open the scoring. Tomkins saw his header crash against the crossbar, before Benteke forced Leno into making a superb diving save late on. Aubameyang went close for Arsenal, but the Gunners haven’t really found their groove just yet.


45′ There will be a minimum of one minute added time played at the end of the first half.

44′ At the moment, Palace look the more likely of the two sides to open the scoring here, as they have had the better chances and Arsenal haven’t been able to open up the visitors defence for prolonged periods.

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42′ The first yellow card of the game is shown to Tomkins after he brings Saka down around the halfway line, in order to stop a counter.

42′ SAVE! Another good move by Palace down the left wing, this time it is Mitchell with the cross and Benteke meets it and powers a header towards the top right-hand corner of the net. However, Leno gets across and makes a superb save, tipping it out wide. The rebound is met by Zaha, but his strike is weak and Leno gathers at his near post.

41′ There’s not long left to play before the end of the first half now, can either side break the deadlock before the half-time whistle?

39′ OFF THE BAR! Eze floats a lovely free-kick into the penalty area and it is met by the head of Tomkins from the edge of the six-yard box, but it cannons off the crossbar! So close for Palace.

38′ Another free-kick to Palace in a decent position, after Xhaka stamps on the foot of Zaha. Another good position for a shot at goal, this time it is more to the left.

36′ Arsenal have lost their last two home Premier League matches played on Thursday, losing 0-3 to Man City in March 2018 and 1-2 to Brighton in December 2019. However, they did beat Crystal Palace the last time the sides met on a Thursday, winning 3-2 in December 2017.

34′ Smith Rowe drills a low cross into the box from the right, which takes a slight deflection off Kouyate, but still seems to be flying towards Aubameyang, who could turn and shoot. However, Bellerin was sprinting in and takes it off his toes, but his shot is poor and goes well wide.

32′ David Luiz gets on the end of a deep corner delivery, he tries to square it back across goal for a team-mate, but it’s too close to Guaita and he easily gathers.

31′ We’re past the half an hour mark now and it remains goalless between Arsenal and Crystal Palace, with the visitors growing into the game and they are starting to test the Gunners defence.

29′ CHANCE! Mitchell gets forward down the left and overlaps Eze, before pulling the ball back to Benteke on the edge of the penalty area and he gets in front of his marker, but can’t keep his shot down and it flies high over the bar.

27′ Good chance! Palace with a quick counter that catches Arsenal out at the back, as Eze releases Benteke, he cuts inside and shapes to shoot, but he drills his effort straight at Leno at the near post, who makes a good stop.

25′ In their 2-0 victory against Sheffield United last time out, Crystal Palace kept their first clean sheet of the season since their opening day victory against Southampton. The Eagles last recorded back-to-back Premier League shutouts between February-June 2020 (4).

23′ BLOCKED! Zaha does brilliantly to skip past a couple of Arsenal defenders in the penalty area and get all the way to the edge of the six yard box, but just as he goes to fire a shot at goal, Xhaka gets back and makes an excellent sliding challenge to deny him.

21′ Decent effort! Saka picks up the ball outside the box and fires a low strike at goal, which is too close to Guaita and he makes a good save.

20′ SAVE! Aubameyang with the first shot on target from the edge of the penalty area and it forces Guaita into making a good stop, which doesn’t clear the danger as he then misses his next punch from the rebound, before then pouncing on it.

18′ Benteke and David Luiz are having a good battle in the air when it comes to challenging for high balls, with the striker relishing the opportunity against the defender who has been brought into the side.

16′ Maitland-Niles makes a big mistake as he tries to play the ball back to Leno at the back, as the left-back gets far too much power on the pass and sends it straight out of play for a corner! The keeper might have been struggling to control that if it was straight at him.

15′ Over the bar! Eze tries to curl a free-kick into the top right-hand corner of the net; however, he gets way too much power on the ball and it flies high and wide of the Arsenal goal.

14′ Free-kick to Palace in a good shooting position after Xhaka tugs the shirt of Zaha around 25 yards out and it looks like Eze is going to step up and take the set piece.

13′ This is better from Palace, with Eze and Zaha starting to get involved in attack and open up the Arsenal defence, which makes a change from them soaking up all the hosts possession.

11′ Arsenal are winless in their last four Premier League matches against Crystal Palace (D3 L1), their longest winless run against the Eagles in the top-flight.

9′ Ambitious effort! Palace go on their first attack, with Eze cutting in from the left wing and he lays it off to Townsend, who tries to curl the ball into the top left-hand corner. However, it flies well over the bar.

8′ The visitors have hardly touched the ball so far in the opening few minutes, it is all Arsenal so far, with every Palace player back defending.

6′ Maitland-Niles does well down the left wing, getting past Aubameyang and he looks to whip a cross into the box for a team-mate, but he gets it all wrong and it flies behind the Palace goal.

4′ Decent move by Arsenal, which sees Smith Rowe get deep into the Palace penalty area, but his cross into the six-yard box is too close to Guaita, who comfortably gathers.

3′ Palace are happily sitting deep and soaking up the early possession here by Arsenal, making sure they are back in their formation and not allowing the Gunners much time and space in midfield.

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Meanwhile Roy Hodgson only made one change to his Palace starting XI, with Jeffrey Schlupp dropping out of the team due to injury and he has been replaced on the left-wing by Eze.

Just two changes for Arsenal from their side that beat West Brom 4-0 last time out in the Premier League. Mari and Tierney miss out and they have been replaced in defence by David Luiz and Maitland-Niles.

PALACE SUBS: Jack Butland, Scott Dann, James McCarthy, Patrick Van Aanholt, Jairo Riedewald, Michy Batshuayi, Nathaniel Clyne, Gary Cahill, Jordan Ayew.

PALACE (4-4-2): Vicente Guaita; Joel Ward, James Tomkins, Cheikhou Kouyate, Tyrick Mitchell; Andros Townsend, James McArthur, Luka Milivojevic, Eberechi Eze; Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha.

ARSENAL SUBS: Gabriel, Willian, Runar Alex Runarsson, Cedric Soares, Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe, Calum Chambers, Joseph Willock, Eddie Nketiah.

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, David Luiz, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; Alexandre Lacazette.

Meanwhile Palace ended a five-game winless streak in the league with a 2-0 success over Sheffield United and they sit 13th in the table. However, they were knocked out of the FA Cup last Friday after being beaten 1-0 by Wolves.

Arsenal have picked up form in recent weeks, with three consecutive Premier League victories, to move them up to 11th in the table. Along with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United in the FA Cup at the weekend.

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