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Can Arsenal Get It Right Against Palace?

Posted: Apr 16, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Arsenal will on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium host stubborn Crystal Palace in another crucial EPL fixture and bookmakers are wondering how far the Gunners could go if their previous game at West Ham is anything to go by.
However, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all struggling for form this season, it was supposed to be the year where Arsenal reclaimed the Premier League title.
Instead, it faces losing out to Leicester, while their fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur are also in a strong position to finish above the Arsene Wenger tutored team.
As it stands, the Gunners are 13 points behind the leaders Leicester and six points off second-place Spurs, but have a game in hand over both of those teams, however, and that will become two matches by the time that they take to the field on Sunday afternoon.
Arsenal will enter the match off the back of 3-3 draw at West Ham United last weekend, which helped neither team. It had recorded back-to-back wins over Everton and Watford before that, but a disappointing 2016 has seen it fail to get a grip on the Premier League crown.
It does appear that it will be another season of disappointment for the Gunners and there will be no FA Cup trophy to soften the blow of their league position this time around.
The Arsenal fan base remain has split over Wenger’s future, but failure to secure a top-four finish this season might see the Frenchman leave the club.
For Palace, it has been a rotten 2016 for Palace, but they will enter this match off the back of a three-game unbeaten run in the Premier League and having all but secured their place in the top flight for another season.
Indeed, a 2-2 draw at West Ham United at the start of the month was followed by a 1-0 victory over Norwich City last weekend. Alan Pardew’s side then picked up a home point against Everton on Wednesday night to move them onto 37 points, some 10 points clear of 18th-place Sunderland.