Pre-Match Report

Crystal Palace v Arsenal: The Brief

Spare a thought for Unai Emery.

Our head coach had barely got back to the training ground after our win in Lisbon before he was fielding hard-hitting questions ahead of our next game.

Are we title contenders? “We’re focused on Sunday.” Does he prefer roast or paella? “In England, roast is best. In Spain, paella.” And so on.

As much as his English has improved, Unai prefers his conversations on the training pitch, where he’s been busy preparing the team for its next challenge. Not to mention the tantalising prospect of a 12th consecutive win.

No side in any of the top five European leagues is on a longer winning run than us, and our club record of 14 - set under George Graham in 1987 - is within sight.

First, we have to deal with Crystal Palace, and you’re in the right place for a comprehensive pre-match briefing. Scroll down for our chat with Unai, the latest team news, match stats, and a chance to predict how the game will unfold.

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