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Crystal Palace v Arsenal live and team news: Gunners take on legend Patrick Vieira and seek to move Tottenham into top four


Crystal Palace welcome Arsenal to the Premier League tonight as the battle for the top four intensifies.

Tottenham beat Newcastle 5-1 on Sunday to move over the Gunners and take fourth place.

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Mikel Arteta’s side are still in pole position to clinch the last Champions League spot

But Mikel Arteta’s men have two games in hand against Spurs and know a win tonight would put them back in the top four, and just three points behind Chelsea.

Crystal Palace, led by former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, stands in their way.

The Frenchman was part of the ‘Invincibles’ squad in 2003/04 and became a legend during his time in north London.

But he could be a serious blow to the Gunners’ Champions League hopes with a result tonight at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles were denied a victory at the Emirates earlier this year by a last-minute goal from Alexandre Lacazette, so they will be looking to do better and are in good form.

Crystal Palace v Arsenal: Start date and time

This Premier League clash will take place tonight, Monday April 4.

Selhurst Park is the venue with the kick off scheduled for 8pm.

Palace have not beaten Arsenal at home since a 3-0 win in the 2016/17 campaign.


Crystal Palace v Arsenal live and team news: Gunners take on legend Patrick Vieira and seek to move Tottenham into top four

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Can Vieira stop Arsenal’s Champions League challenge?

Crystal Palace v Arsenal: TV Channel and Live Stream

This match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with coverage from 7 p.m.

Sky Sports customers can stream this live through the app using their mobile devices, tablets or computers.

Alternatively, you can buy a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99.

Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the afternoon while talkSPORT.com will launch a live blog for all the action.

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Crystal Palace v Arsenal live and team news: Gunners take on legend Patrick Vieira and seek to move Tottenham into top four

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Lacazette scored a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw at the Emirates earlier this season

Crystal Palace v Arsenal: Team News

The home team nervously awaits Wilfried Zaha and Michael Olise.

Zaha was unable to play against England for Ivory Coast last week and was assessed ahead of tonight’s game.

Meanwhile, Olise suffered a foot injury during the international break while representing France Under-21s.

Arsenal are worried about Aaron Ramsdale after the 23-year-old suffered a hip injury in their league defeat to Liverpool last month.

It means Bernd Leno could continue in goal after starting against Aston Villa before the international break.

The good news for the Gunners is that Ramsdale are back in first-team training.

There is better news for Bukayo Saka after the 20-year-old tested positive for Covid while on duty in England.

Arteta confirmed that Saka “feels good” so the in-form winger should be involved from the start.

There could also be a place for Takehiro Tomiyasu in the starting XI after finally recovering from the calf problem that ruled him out of eight of the last nine matches.

Crystal Palace v Arsenal live and team news: Gunners take on legend Patrick Vieira and seek to move Tottenham into top four

Zaha has six goals in 13 appearances against Arsenal

Crystal Palace v Arsenal: what has been said?

Palace manager Vieira: “The staff, our responsibility is to keep challenging the players because we want more from them and they have the potential to do more.

“Having the positive result [v Everton] allowed us to have a happy camp and to continue to be demanding.

“Especially at home with the fans, the support we’ve had at home has been fantastic and allowed us to perform at our level. We show a lot of character and spirit when we face these teams. [big six].”

Arsenal manager Arteta said: “The team [Crystal Palace]especially at home, are doing very well and the coaching staff is doing a great job.

“We know what it’s like to play in their stadium.”

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