Crystal Palace (h): Team News, Thoughts, Injuries and Predicted Starting XI.

Destiny holds 29.

Morning, folks.

Matters that are related to on-field antics make a very welcome return. Temporarily, the hideous exchange of insults and opinion can be put to one side and we can all gloriously unite as one to support the team. Perhaps. Well.. probably not. In truth, it’ll only get worse. Jesus…

I’m all about the joy folks. If you can’t enjoy football, why the hell bother? Vows are often made and broken when faced with circumstance that displeases. When I state I shall look only for the joy and humour, I mean it. The moaning and squabbles I’ll leave to those more inclined to do so.

So, let’s talk some delicious team news, shall we? Let’s.

Injuries are the talk of the day. Kim Kallstrom, our new signing of 2 days, will miss the next 5 games or so. Turns out he was nursing a back injury when he signed on the dotted line and that ailment was aggravated in his first training session – it was originally thought to be serious enough to keep him out for 2-3 months. You couldn’t write this stuff.

A shiny new signing plunged into the darkness of Arsenal’s treatment room before he’s even set foot onto the pitch might upset many. Maybe, just maybe, all that has occurred is Arsene’s cheeky attempt at trolling everyone on Twitter. Right now he’s logged into a spurious account laughing insanely as incandescent keyboard warriors meltdown across the Internet.

Maybe…

Elsewhere in the squad, The Flame begins his suspension and Aaron Ramsey begins a further 6 weeks languishing on the sidelines. Jack Wilshere also misses out with a thigh problem. Tomas Rosicky does return after a few games out with an obliterated snout. Theo has taken up tiddlywinks during his rehabilitation, and Yaya Sanogo and Abou Diaby are currently posted in a Russian space station above the Earth where they will monitor Alex Song’s appalling attempts at sartorial elegance. Should be take his gaudy and monstrous choices of wardrobe one step further, they are authorised to unleash a death ray from the skies above, vaporising him in seconds.

Given Nacho Monreal had a bit of a ‘Weston’ against Southampton, I’d say it’s a fairly safe bet Kieran Gibbs will start at left full-back today.  I’m also hoping to see Podolski get a start in order to get him to fitness. It’s tough to pick who’ll play alongside Arteta in the centre of midfield behind Ozil. Chamberlain, Rosicky and Cazorla could all play there. Seeing as I’m predicting the XI, I shall take a wild punt it’ll look a little something like this:

Vs Crystal Palace?

Of course, that’s hardly a likely outcome. I’m giving you all my best guess. Cazorla may very well start ahead of Podolski given the need to get things back to winning ways after the horrors of an away draw at St Mary’s. The Ox starting ahead of Gnabry on the right side of the attacking 3 isn’t too be ruled out either. However, that’s my best guess and I’m sticking with it.

Today’s opponents are likely to be cautious. I can’t see any team managed by Tony Pulis coming to The Emirates with all guns blazing. I’m sure their game plan will be to stifle us as best they can an concentrate on threatening from set pieces. Returning to his former stomping (ha) ground will be the face of Shockwaves, Marouane Chamakh. It’s written he’ll score today. I can almost feel the inevitability in my bones. If we play anywhere near our capabilities today, then that strike will be nothing more than a consolation.

My prediction is 4-1 to Arsenal. We need a decent performance to cast aside some of those Deadline Day blues and put us on track. With Man City and Chelsea facing each other on Monday evening, today will be the ideal time to put us on top and inject a little added spice to that fixture. Let’s hope the boys go out and put on a show.

That’s all for today, folks. The comments below await all your thoughts on the team and who should start. Drop me a prediction on the score whilst you’re there. I’ll return tomorrow with a report on the game.

As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

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9 Responses to Crystal Palace (h): Team News, Thoughts, Injuries and Predicted Starting XI.

  1. steveyG

    Gnabry had a stinker vs the saints,would prefer to see the ox,possibly arteta playing as the lone holding midfielder ,tho I must admit to not being a fan of arteta..his play is too negative.other than that the team picks itself,rosicky and cazorla both to start with podolski on the bench

  2. Gary O

    Your gonna get the shock of your lives today! PALACE WILL WIN!

  3. This team looks good on paper….bring on February…

  4. LeBigMac

    Feeling a bit like crossing my fingers!

  5. g clarke

    If arsenal fans cross fingers when arsenal fighting for all the supporters are a joke

  6. nijwm

    this is the game podolski has to start. if not, wenger doesn’t trust him. cazorla to start at right with rosicky alongside arteta. although cazorla has played mostly on the left, he’s ambidextrous, can cut in from the right and can interchange positions with ozil. so why not right midfield. i don’t see any reason why he can’t link up with sagna the way he does with gibbs or monreal on the left.

  7. Youssef

    AW has to rotate the midfield in ordo deal with the big games next week. I believe that AOC should start alongside Arteta in the middle. we shoold keep Rosicky fit for Liverpool game. I think we are going to win this game with that midfield. I also hope to see Bendtner as forward and keep Giroud in the bench again to keep him fit. The squad is hefor that kinf of games, otherwise, our big boys would be burned coming next week… COYG

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