Arsenal vs Crystal Palace preview: Aaron Ramsey ruled out with hamstring injury
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Last Updated: 21/04/19 2:18pm
Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey for Sunday's Premier League visit of Crystal Palace (kick-off 4pm).
The midfielder suffered a hamstring injury in Thursday's Europa League win over Napoli and - with a summer move to Juventus already agreed - he may have played his last game for the Gunners.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos serves the last of a two-game ban for collecting 10 bookings while Denis Suarez (groin) will be assessed ahead of the match, with long-term absentees Danny Welbeck (ankle), Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin (both knee) still missing.
The hosts will be missing Jeffrey Schlupp, who was substituted in the first-half of Crystal Palace's defeat against Manchester City in their last outing due to an ankle issue.
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"We have been a little bit unlucky in this latter period, it started with Mamadou (Sakho), then we lost James (Tomkins) and now we've lost Jeff, which is of course three big blows for us," manager Roy Hodgson said
"He won't play again this season, the ankle injury is such that it will take the three weeks we have left [to heal].
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"Fortunately, we don't have quite so many other injuries to deal with but we are getting down to our bare bones, but I guess we aren't alone in that respect, late in the season teams do get depleted.
"The worst thing with these things is it always happen to players in the same positions, we are certainly stretched at the moment in our defensive positions, we have been depleted in midfield and up front at the moment, fortunately, we do have competition for places."
- Arsenal have lost just two of their 22 home meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions (W16 D4), 0-2 in a League Cup game in November 1970 and 1-2 in the Premier League in October 1994.
- Following their 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park earlier this season, Crystal Palace are looking to avoid defeat in both league meetings with Arsenal in a campaign for the first time since 1979-80.
- Arsenal have won each of their last six London derbies at home in the Premier League, their best such run in the competition since 11 straight victories between December 2001 and November 2003.
- Arsenal have won their last 10 home Premier League games - they have never won 11 in a row at home within a single top-flight season before.
- Arsenal have won 22 more points at home (44) than they have away (22) in the Premier League this season, the biggest such difference in the competition. However, Crystal Palace have won the highest ratio of their Premier League points this season away from home (59 per cent - 23/39).
- Crystal Palace have alternated between victory and defeat in their last eight Premier League games, losing against Man City last time out. Away from home, the Eagles have won three of their last four in the Premier League (L1).
- No team has played more English league games on Easter Sunday than Arsenal (7), while this will be Crystal Palace's first ever league game on that day.
- Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic scored two penalties in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Selhurst Park earlier this season. Only three players in Premier League history have netted three penalty goals against an opponent in a single campaign (Graham Alexander v Hull in 2009-10, Robbie Fowler v Sheffield United in 2006-07 and Peter Beardsley v Wimbledon in 1993-94).
- Alexandre Lacazette has scored nine home league goals for Arsenal this season. If he scores here, it will be just the second Premier League season to see two Arsenal players net 10+ home goals (Aubameyang has 11) after the 2004-05 campaign (Thierry Henry 21 and Robert Pires 10).
- Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored more Premier League London derby goals than any other player this season (6).
Arsenal need to win this, they have to. The top four is in their hands still. Palace are a funny team - they have flattered to deceive and should not be where they are. They can turn in a performance, but not this time. Arsenal will be able to start strongly at home and be too much for Palace.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1