During Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge, Arsenal launched a quick counter after a Bournemouth corner in the sixth minute.
Ozil was quick to find Lacazette and despite a good first touch, the striker was unable to beat a defender for pace and execute a finish nor raise his head and notice that Aubameyang was in a good position for a chance at goal.
If that chance had resulted in a goal, Arteta would have made the perfect start to his Arsenal reign.
Palace are unbeaten in their last three matches against the Gunners and will look to exploit Arsenal’s defence which they have managed to breach in five of the six home league matches against them.
As for Arsenal, they will look to build on the impressive league win against bitter rivals Manchester United notched up on New Year’s Day. It should also be noted that Arsenal have only lost once at Selhurst Park since Palace were promoted back in 2013. However, I feel they will need to be more assertive, direct and clinical if they are to walk away with a result.
For my prediction, I would go for a score draw. A high scoring game because you have to go back to January 2017 for the last time these two teams were involved in a game that had less than three goals.