Palace v Arsenal: the injuries and their recent years in the PL

Arsenal v Crystal Palace: a history in videos

By Bulldog Drummund

Selhurst Park Holmesdale Stand.jpgThe games against Crystal Palace go back to 1934 – an FA Cup match, while league games started in 1969.  Arsenal have won 28, Palace have won five and 15 have been drawn.

However since the end of the 2016/17 season they have become rather a pesky bunch, and over the last eight league games the results have been…


  • Arsenal: 2 victories
  • Draws: 4
  • Crystal Palace: 2 victories

Indeed Arsenal have not won any of the last five Premier League games against Crystal Palace.

However although they are conventionally considered to be a Championship team having a run in the Premier League, their results since returning to the top division have given them decent finishes.

Season P W D L F A Pts Pos FAC
2013–14 38 13 6 19 33 48 45 11th Round 4
2014–15 38 13 9 16 47 51 48 10th Round 5
2015–16 38 11 9 18 39 51 42 15th Runners up
2016–17 38 12 5 21 50 63 41 14th Round 4
2017–18 38 11 11 16 45 55 44 11th Round 3
2018–19 38 14 7 17 51 53 49 12th Quarter finals
2019–20 38 11 10 17 31 50 43 14th Round 3
2020-21* 36 12 8 16 40 61 44 13th Round 3

*Unfinished, rather obviously

They are currently 13th and it would take an unlikely set of results for them to end up anything lower than 14th.  They could end up as high as 11th.  So it is pretty much an average season for the club.  They currently have the 18th smallest ground – Fulham and Burnley are smaller.

So they have no worries and nothing to play for except to give their retiring manager a nice send off.

In terms of injuries they are near the top of the league table and we are near the bottom.  The tables are showing us with three men down, but in reality it is only one or two

Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Granit Xhaka Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury “Let’s see how Granit is as well.” 19/05/2021 Late Fitness Test 75%
Hector Bellerin Other May 18: He’s fine 19/05/2021 None 100%
David Luiz Moreira Marinho Thigh Injury May 18: “I think everybody is fit apart from David.” No Return Date None Ruled Out

For Palace it is not such a good picture given to us by

Player Reason Further Detail Potential Return Condition Status
Nathaniel Clyne Other May 14: “Nathaniel is sick, but it’s been a bit of a 24-hour illness going round and we’ll see how he’s recovered tomorrow.” 19/05/2021 Late Fitness Test 75%
Patrick van Aanholt Other May 14: “Patrick has a family issue, so I don’t think we’ll be seeing him this weekend.” 19/05/2021 Late Fitness Test 50%
Luka Milivojevic Other May 16: “We’ve had family issues with both Luka and PvA, so we couldn’t use those today, they obviously were not with us.” 19/05/2021 Late Fitness Test 50%
James McArthur Calf/Shin/Heel Injury Apr 09: “James is still out unfortunately.” No Return Date None Ruled Out
Connor Wickham Other May 07: “Connor has a slight strain.” No Return Date None Ruled Out
Nathan Ferguson Other May 07: “Joined the initial stages of training but was taken out again to really complete his full rehab programme and get cleared by the sport science dept.” No Return Date None Ruled Out
Mamadou Sakho Thigh Injury May 07: “Sakho has not recovered yet.” No Return Date None Ruled Out

We have seen family issues at Arsenal, but two at once when there are a lot of other injuries around is a bit of a bore.

We’ll have the rest of  the news and the team predictions shortly.