Everything is up in the air in the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace. The Gunners are low on confidence and fitness due to their Europa League exit at the hands of Sporting CP, an energy-draining clash which resulted in 120 minutes of football instead of the usual 90.
Furthermore, Crystal Palace are without their manager. A man who Arsenal fans know well, Patrick Vieira, didn’t make a name for himself at Palace and after going a sustained period of bad form, the board were resilient enough to discard him.
A team that’s battling relegation is finally sacking their manager right before facing Arsenal who are battling for the title – That can only mean one thing, right?
Think back to Sean Dyche’s first match in charge of Everton. Yeah, wasn’t great, was it?
Although, the Gunners are hopeful that fate won’t repeat itself in this match. One significant boost they’ll have in this match is that Gabriel Jesus is available, after playing reduced minutes in recent matches against Fulham and last night against Sporting CP.
According to the latest report from The Telegraph, Gabriel Jesus is set to start the match on Sunday against Crystal Palace. He’s shown some bright touches on the ball since he’s come back from injury, certainly proving that he’s not lost his class while on the treatment table.
Leandro Trossard has done an exceptional job filling in at centre forward, being forced into that position due to the injuries to both Jesus and Eddie Nketiah. However, with the busy fixture schedule, Jesus may be called back to first-team action earlier than preferred.
Arteta is very ruthless when it comes to resting players. Look at Saka this season – he’s played virtually every minute of football available to him, and was even called upon in the second half yesterday. This is Arteta’s philosophy – great players need less rest, and Jesus is certainly a great player.
Would you like to see Gabriel Jesus start on Sunday?