The Gunners have suffered a huge blow, with midfielder Aaron Ramsey facing up to six weeks out after suffering a set-back in his recovery from a thigh injury.
Possibly, this has prompted Arsene Wenger to buy another midfielder, Kim Kallstorm (on loan), who is all set to become an Arsenal player (passed his medical) by the end of the deadline day. However, it is highly unlikely that the Swede midfielder would take any part on Sunday.
There was also a positive news on the fitness of Jack Wilshere with Wenger claiming the England international would be fit enough to play against Liverpool, though he will miss Sunday’s action against Palace.
Midfielder Mathieu Flamini starts his three-match ban after being sent off against Southampton in midweek, but Tomas Rosicky is fit again and is available for selection.
Prediction: 2-0; Arsenal have won 8 of their last 10 home matches in the Premier League while Crystal Palace have lost 9 of their last 11 away matches in the Premier League. So, expect a convincing and comfortable victory for the home side.