Wenger vows to stick with Arsenal

  • Wenger vows to stick with Arsenal

Wenger vows to stick with Arsenal

"I don't think we are close to [signing Malcom]". After a neat exchange of passes with Henry, captain Patrick Vieira casually round Kiraly to slide home and make it four.

Arsene Wenger's defense held firm against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup recently, but have leaked 10 Premier League goals in their last five league encounters. The Eagles have spring into life under Roy Hodgson and now placed 12th in the table, will be eyeing to get a crack at the shaky Gunners side.

The deal being offered to Sanchez by Manchester United will reportedly make him the highest-paid player in Premier League history, with the contract reported to be just under £27 million a year with a £20m signing-on fee.

The Brazilian winger has been in scintillating form for the Ligue 1 side this season and had been identified by the Arsenal manager as a potential replacement for the Manchester United-bound Alexis Sanchez.

In central defence, the likes of Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny should return after recovering from their respective injuries, and they could be partnered by Germany global Shkodran Mustafi.

Santi Cazorla still remains a long-term absentee. Having said that, Zaha is playing some great football and there is still enough fit players to play a good first 11 so Palace should be able to do well.

Palace is without long-term injured defenders Mamadou Sakho and Scott Dann and Hodgson looks likely to go with a front three of Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako.

Palace, meanwhile, enjoyed a run of eight games without defeat before losing to Arsenal.

It's a well known fact Arsenal have defensive issues, but in 2018 they've also been struggling to hit the target - something which will be of huge concern with Sanchez departing. After their encouraging goalless draw against league leaders, Manchester City, Roy Hodgson's troops have won back to back league games, against Southampton and Burnley and thus, they are certainly a side against whom Wenger can not afford to be complacent. It could be a case of another narrow home win.