Date: 16th August 2015 at 11:22am
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Crystal Palace go into this game with no fresh injury concerns and will be aiming to win the first two games of a top flight season for the first time in their history.

Alan Pardew is expected to start with one up front in order to give protection to the midfield. Glenn Murray is likely to get the nod but Patrick Bamford and Connor Wickham will be breathing down his neck. Alex McCarthy is likely to keep his place in goal as Julian Speroni remains out with a finger injury.

09 August 2015 Premier League Football; Arsenal v West Ham United; Goalkeepers Adrian (lright) of West Ham and Petr Cech after the match. Photo: Mark Leech

A win against Arsenal will be the Eagles’ first at home since the 1979-80 season. Yohan Cabaye will again have to be at his best in midfield after his man of the match display in the win over Norwich last week, but Marouane Chamakh will sit this one out against his former side as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem.

Arsenal will be delighted to welcome Alexis Sanchez back into the starting line-up as he was rested last week. The Chilean will probably replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield.

The Gunners’ pre-season optimism took a massive dent after their defeat at home to West Ham last week and another loss here will spark alarm bells. Hector Bellerin has recovered from a thigh strain and is expected to replace Mathieu Debuchy who struggled at right-back last week.

Arsenal fans continue to wait for the signing of a new striker but for now Olivier Giroud will continue up front. Danny Welbeck , Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere all remain sidelined.

League Position: Crystal Palace – 6th, 3pts; Arsenal – 19th, 0pts
Last Meeting: Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal, February 21, 2015
Form: Crystal Palace -W; Arsenal – L
Key Men: Crystal Palace – Yohan Cabaye; Arsenal – Alexis Sanchez

1 August 2015 - Pre-Season Friendly - Fulham v Crystal Palace - Yohan Cabaye of Crystal Palace - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Shoot says: Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal

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