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Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Team news, possible line-up

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace: Team news, possible line-up

Patrick Vieira makes what he admits will be an emotional return to his former club Arsenal tonight.

Vieira spent nine years at Arsenal as a player, winning three Premier League titles under Arsene Wenger and captaining the Invincibles team in 2003-04.

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Since taking over at Crystal Palace over the summer, Vieira has made a good start to his rebuilding job at Selhurst Park and optimism is high heading to Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal, who have not won the title since Vieira left in 2005, have steadied the ship following their dire start to the season and are unbeaten in four Premier League games.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace team news

Mikel Arteta has the luxury of a near fully-fit squad to pick from.

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Granit Xhaka is the only major absentee as he is still recovering from a knee injury picked up last month. Gabriel Martinelli is also a doubt after picking up an unspecified injury last week, but he was unlikely to start anyway.

Arteta could well name the same side who drew 0-0 with Brighton before the international break.

Vieira has a selection dilemma in attack. Michael Olise’s impressive turn off the bench against Leicester last time out could see the youngster thrown into the starting XI for the first time.

Possible XI: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang

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