Arsenal to flourish against misfiring Palace

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Arsenal will be able to quickly get over the disappointment of their 3-3 draw with West Ham in their last outing when they come up against Crystal Palace.

The Eagles have only won one league game this season, against struggling Norwich, and it is only the performances of the bottom three that have kept them from falling into real trouble.

They’ve particularly struggled in front of goal, failing to score in half of their last four outings, and their strikers have struggled all season.

Alan Pardew’s frontmen have had a truly poor campaign with only Connor Wickham managing to find the net more than once, while Connor Wickham’s five goals make him the club’s joint-top scorer alongside midfielder Yohan Cabaye and defender Scott Dann.

On the other hand, Arsenal are in good form at the moment and haven’t lost in their last four Premier League outings.

Indeed, before the draw with West Ham, the Gunners had won back-to-back top-flight games, scoring six and keeping two clean sheets.

In terms of working out who is going to unlock the Palace defence, look no further than Alexis Sanchez.

The Chilean winger has scored in his previous two matches and is clearly flourishing in a new system that has introduced Alex Iwobi to the starting lineup and allowed Sanchez more space.

Indeed, the 27-year-old had only scored once in 11 matches across all competitions for Arsenal before Iwobi was brought into the team, with his impact sparking a change.

Furthermore, Sanchez opened the scoring against Watford, something he has done three times in all competitions this term.

Seeing the Chilean find the net first against Palace is priced at 4/1 and it would sensible to back the winger to do so.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.