Sky Sports pundit predicts Arsenal v Crystal Palace

Charlie Nicholas looks ahead to Arsenal's home clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon

Charlie Nicholas
Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas (Photo: Sky Sports)

Charlie Nicholas is backing Arsenal to bounce back to winning ways in the Premier League by claiming a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

The north London side head into the game looking to return to winning ways in the top flight after they suffered a 1-0 loss to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane last time out.

Arsenal did manage to return to winning ways on Thursday night when they claimed a dramatic 3-2 win over Vitoria in the Europa League at The Emirates thanks to substitute Nicolas Pepe’s double.

The Gunners headed into this round of fixtures in fifth place in the Premier League table, which is the same position they finished in last season under Unai Emery.

Former Arsenal star Nicholas is backing the Gunners to have too much for Crystal Palace and to claim all three points at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “[Dani] Ceballos needs to be in behind the front three.

“If you dominate games which you should do against Palace, the middle two and full-backs will be higher up. Emery wanted to emulate Liverpool’s style of play, and when those two full-backs are high, you know there is trouble coming.

“[Hector] Bellerin and [Kieran] Tierney must play higher when they play and that is when the two holding players come in handy and that is how the balance works.

“[Wilfried] Zaha will be putting himself on the market again with Arsenal trying to buy him in the summer, while Andros Townsend will have a go being ex-Tottenham.

“Gary Cahill has been good since coming in for Palace, but Arsenal should have too much.”

Arsenal are aiming to try and break back into the top four this season after they finished fifth and lost the Europa League final to Chelsea FC last term.

The Gunners will be in League Cup action when they take on Premier League leaders Liverpool FC in the fourth round at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Arsenal’s most recent Premier League title triumph was their historic unbeaten season back in 2003-04.

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