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Arsenal vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Premier League team news, line-ups and more tonight

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Benjamin White heads out for his warm-up

Arsenal are taking on Crystal Palace tonight in the Premier League as they seek to keep up their improving form under Mikel Arteta. The Gunners have three wins and a draw from their past four league games and a win here would propel them to ninth in the table, marking a strong recovery after losing their opening three matches in dismal style.

Palace are improving too though under new manager Patrick Vieira, and with only two losses from their opening seven games it seems Palace are a tougher opposition than they might have been in years gone by. The arrivals of midfielder Conor Gallagher and striker Odsonne Edouard this summer have added attacking firepower to Wilfried Zaha’s speed and skill, and a win here would see Palace leapfrog the Gunners into 13th place.

Vieira’s return to the Emirates also sees a match up of former Arsenal captains during the Arsene Wenger years. “What I really wanted was to come back to the Premier League to manage and I’m really lucky to be in a good football club,” Vieira said this week. “There is the foundation to express myself as a manager and I want to grow with the club.” Follow all the action from the Emirates Stadium below, live.

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Arteta aims to create next generation of model Arsenal players to follow Vieira

Mikel Arteta is aiming to create the next generation of model Arsenal players to follow in the footsteps of Invincibles skipper Patrick Vieira.

The period of success Arsenal had under Arsene Wenger – and with Vieira leading on the pitch – has yet to be repeated at the club.

Vieira takes his Crystal Palace side to the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

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The Palace building blocks

Crystal Palace have won just one game so far this season, a magnificent 3-0 victory over Tottenham back in September. Wilfried Zaha and new signing Odsonne Edouard both found the back of the net in that game with Edouard bagging a brace.

Their only defeats this year have been against top sides Chelsea and Liverpool with the rest ending in draws.

Patrick Vieria has built the foundation for the Eagles having a good season but needs to start turning these draws into wins.

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Head-to-head - Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal have lost just one of the last eight meetings between the sides with three wins and four draws.

However, they have failed to win on each of the last three occasions they’ve hosted Palace, those games ending in two draws and a defeat for the Gunners.

Crystal Palace have won only four of their 42 league fixtures against Arsenal (13 draws, 25 defeats), all of which have come in the top flight.

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Vieira on Arsenal return

Patrick Vieira says returning to Arsenal will be ‘emotional’ as he has fond memories of his playing days at the club but also that he has to put aside the emotion and focus on getting the job done for Crystal Palace. He said:

That is the club where I played my best football I would say, so obviously going back there will be emotional, but I will put that on the side because it will be important for us to perform well and to get points.

“It’s about controlling yourself as a manager and controlling the emotion.”

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Arteta on Vieira

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira returns to Arsenal this evening where he spent almost 10 years of his playing career, three of which he captained the Gunners.

He faces another former Arsenal captain in Mikel Arteta who spoke about Vieira’s return saying:

He is an Arsenal legend and I hope he gets the reception he deserves for what he did for the club, not only as a player but also what he transmitted as a person,

"He was a captain of the club in the most successful era in the last many years and it is great to have him back. Recognising him the right manner, I think it’s really important and I’m sure that that will be the case."

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No Zaha for Palace

Crystal Palace will travel to Arsenal without the services of star man Wilfried Zaha. He misses tonight because he has been feeling unwell since returning from international duty.

He hasn’t trained with the squad misses the match

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Team changes - Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Both managers make just one change to the starting XI’s. Mikel Arteta replaces Albert Sambi Lokonga with Nicolas Pepe in a re-jig to Arsenal’s midfield.

Meanwhile, there is no Wilfried Zaka for Crystal Palace. He’s dropped from the squad entirely and Christian Benteke takes his place in the starting line-up.

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Line-ups - Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Odegaard, Saka, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Aubameyang

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Guehi, Andersen, Mitchell, Milivojevic, McArthur, Gallagher, Ayew, Benteke, Edouard

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Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal are taking on Crystal Palace tonight in the Premier League as they seek to keep up their improving form under Mikel Arteta. The Gunners have three wins and a draw from their past four league games and a win here would propel them to ninth in the table, marking a strong recovery after losing their opening three matches in dismal style.

Palace are improving too though under new manager Patrick Vieira, and with only two losses from their opening seven games it seems Palace are a tougher opposition than they might have been in years gone by. The arrivals of midfielder Conor Gallagher and striker Odsonne Edouard this summer have added attacking firepower to Wilfried Zaha’s speed and skill, and a win here would see Palace leapfrog the Gunners into 13th place.

Vieira’s return to the Emirates also sees a match up of former Arsenal captains during the Arsene Wenger years. “What I really wanted was to come back to the Premier League to manage and I’m really lucky to be in a good football club,” Vieira said this week. “There is the foundation to express myself as a manager and I want to grow with the club.”