In the first must-win game since the last must-win game, we visit Palace on Monday night, live on TV.
The news is that neither of our senior keepers are fit, so it seems as though Martinez will start after his impressive clean sheet at home to West Ham on Wednesday night in our 3-0 win. Young keeper Matt Macey has been recalled from his loan spell as cover for Martinez, so perhaps Cech and Ospiiiiiiiiiina could be out long term.
Anyway, Francesco Le Coquelin is back after missing the West Ham win with a ‘family problem’, whatever that means, and Laurent Koscielny will miss the game, but Wenger confirmed the injury picked up during last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Man City wasn’t as bad as first thought, so that’s something. Wenger said:
“It will be shorter than expected, it’s not a tendon problem…”
With Spurs at home to Watford, Saturday lunchtime, Man City at home to Hull, Liverpool away to Stoke and Man United away to Sunderland, all before we play, we definitely need all three points at Selhurst Park if we are to keep the pressure on for a top four spot.