COMMENT By Matt Bullin
Ahead of Arsenal’s crucial match with Crystal Palace at Selhurt Park tonight Football Insider has analysed three of Sam Allardyce’s players who can potentially hurt the Gunners.
The 26-year-old front man has 13 goals in 32 league and cup games so far this term – a decent return. He’s also bagged in his last two games against Chelsea and Southampton so the Belgian is in red-hot form. Benteke’s physical presence will cause plenty of problems for Arsenal’s fragile defence, especially if Laurent Koscielny continues to struggle with injury.
Zaha is another Palace man who has been in prime form recently, and has played a crucial role in their turnaround which has seen them win four of their last five Premier League matches. The 24-year-old has six goals and nine assists in his 27 league games – his pace and direct play could cause the Arsenal defence all sorts of problems.
The Liverpool loanee has been a revelation for Sam Allardyce’s side since his January arrival. He’s helped Palace keep three clean sheets in his five appearances, and has become a rock in the heart of the Palace defence. The 27-year-old will be crucial to Palace’s chances – if he cans stop Alexis Sanchez and co – Palace will surely get a result and pull further away from the battle at the bottom.