Arsenal XI vs Crystal Palace: Starting line-up, confirmed team news, latest injury for Premier League fixture
rsenal start Rob Holding in place of William Saliba in the London Premier League derby against Crystal Palace.
Saliba was sent off early in Thursday’s shock Europa League defeat to Sporting Lisbon with a back problem.
The centre-back, who has started every league game for Arsenal this season, was due to be assessed in hopes of playing this weekend.
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However, later reports from France said Saliba was facing several weeks in the treatment room and would not participate in international duty.
Arteta opts for Holding alongside Gabriel Magalhaes at centre-back today in Saliba’s absence, with January signing Jakub Kiwior on the bench along with fellow defenders Kieran Tierney and youngster Reuell Walters.
Takehiro Tomiyasu was also out injured against Sporting and his injury looks serious. The right-back suffered a knee injury and left the Emirates Stadium on crutches.
Arsenal make the expected changes from Thursday night’s loss to Sporting by hosting Palace, who are now without a manager after sacking Gunners icon Patrick Vieira on Friday.
Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey return to midfield, while Bukayo Saka joins an attack led by fitness Leandro Trossard with Gabriel Jesus back on the bench.
Eddie Nketiah and Mohamed Elneny remain on the sidelines.
Arsenal starting XI: Ramsdale, Blanc, Holding, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Trossard, Martinelli
Subtitles: Tierney, Gabriel Jesus, Smith Rowe, Kiwior, Jorginho, Vieira, Nelson, Turner, Walters
Sunday 2:00 p.m. GMT.
Place: Emirates Stadium.
Arbitrator: Stuart Atwell.
Hurt: Elneny (knee), Nketiah (knee), Tomiyasu (knee), Saliba (back)