Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, Premier League preview

Parish'January sales possible at Palace

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Arsenal will look to get their push for the top four back on track with a win when we entertain Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon. Suddenly Wenger is searching the back of the cupboard.

There are hopes that Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey will be fit enough to return to the side, which could allow Arsenal to start with Alex Iwobi on the left, Ramsey on the right and Ozil as a No. 10 behind Alexandre Lacazette.

Sead Kolasinac was on the bench against Bournemouth and could be restored to the starting XI with Ainsley Maitland-Niles struggling with illness. The Germany global was heavily involved in all of Arsenal's slick interplay in the opening period and capped his performance with a sensational assist before being given a deserved rest with 18 minutes remaining.

"I expect it to happen maybe but I can not announce it because in the next 48 hours it will be decided one way or the other".

Obviously Rambo is an important player for us but Wilshere has been excellent during his absence and it would be harsh to drop him so Ramsey's going to have to fight to regain his place.

"Why? Because we have big players that are at the end of their contract and that is the first time that it happens, that we have such influential players close to the end of their contracts and it has been more destabilising than ever". They have to be registered by 12pm today to be eligible this weekend and [at the time of writing] no deal is in sight yet so we have to assume there will be no Mkhitaryan this weekend.

Sanchez had been working with Arsenal's development squad this week, but returned to senior training on Friday.

Iwobi ended his three-month goal drought after getting on the score sheet against Palace.

The Gunners are also linked with Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans, while they just sold Theo Walcott to Everton.

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