Arsenal v Crystal Palace Odds, free bets and betting news : Eagles face disarray at Emirates

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Arsenal will hope to build on their stunning Charity Shield win they face Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Goals from Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Oliver Giroud have done little to quell the growing feeling that the Gunners are set to mount a sustained title challenge this season.

Three short months after they finished 7 points behind Winners City, FA cup success and a strong summer transfer window has put Arsene Wenger’s side firmly in people’s thoughts.


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Key to that summer business has been the capture of Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean arrives at the Emirates with a big reputation and the promise of goals as 19 in La Liga last season with Barcelona testifies.

Sanchez will make his competitive debut this Saturday against the Eagles alongside another summer capture Mathieu Debuchy. Fellow summer captures Callum Chambers and David Ospina (thigh injury) are set to miss out.

The Gunners are sweating over the fitness of World cup winners Lukas Podolski Mesut Ozil and Per Mertescaker with Laurent Koscielny also a doubt while Theo Walcott is out as he continues his comeback from a knee injury.

Joel Campbell is in line to make his competitive league debut for the club. The flying Costa Rican forward impressed at the world cup and will get the chance to stake his claim this season starting against the Eagles.

After their stunning end of season Palace will be hoping to push on again this campaign. The arrivals of Brede Hangeland from Fulham is a shrewd capture while Frazier Campbell showed on occasions last season that he will score goals.

The going out’s at Selhurst Park has been restricted to fringe players ensuring that Pulis has the bulk of the squad he inspired last season.

Pre-season form has been mixed as the club opted to follow the now well-worn path to the USA, a 2-2 draw with Columbus was followed up by wins over the Philadelphia Union and Richmond Kickers before Brentford beat Palace 3-2 in their final match.

None of that will matter much on Saturday and with an almost full squad to choose from, the only doubt being Adrian Mariappa, Pulis and Palace will be confident of upsetting the apple cart, once again.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.