Wenger explains why Kolasinac has been dropped at Arsenal

As for Arsenal, they will be looking to return to winning ways following their all-action 3-3 draw against Liverpool. "Ramsey should be back at the beginning of January", confirmed Wenger.

Also, midfielder Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.

Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.

And Arsenal make three changes to the side that produced a thrilling 3-3 draw against Liverpool last time out, with Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac and Calum Chambers coming in while Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Alex Iwobi and Nacho Monreal drop out.

Zaha who was a torn in the visitors' defence - especially for right-back Hector Bellerin whom he skipped past severally - played for the entire duration of the tie.

Palace, beaten for the first time in nine games, are 16th on 18 points, just a point above the relegation zone.

Manchester United loanee Timothy Fosu-Mensah may be available once again after a recent hamstring complaint, whilst Christian Benteke is back again after serving a one game ban.


James McArthur is the club's top scorer with 4 goals to his name so far this season.

Ozil's goal against Liverpool displayed his unerring ability to ghost from nearly a statuesque start into a one on one position, a trait which can very easily throw off a man marker; the Eagles' number four needs to concentrate from the first whistle to the last. "The last seasons he has been sensational".

Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in all three of their Premier League London derbies this season - they haven't gone four London derbies without conceding since February 1999.

West Ham defender Jose Fonte put himself forward as Premier League soothsayer on Wednesday following the announcement of Liverpool signing former teammate Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

Crystal Palace. 2, Arsenal.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will equal a Premier League record when he takes the bench for his 810th Premier League game on Thursday.

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