Arsenal Likely Line-up vs Crystal Palace: Walcott, Alexis & Bellerin Starts

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal. Selhurst Park. Sunday 16th August 2015.

This Sunday, Arsene Wenger and his men will take a short bus trip down to Selhurst Park to take on Alan Pardew’s Eagles for their second Premier League match of the new season.

Wenger made two changes from the Community Shield victory over Chelsea, with Olivier Giroud getting the nod in attack over Theo Walcott against the Hammers last weekend. Mathieu Debuchy was also handed a start at right-back, as Hector Bellerin missed out with a muscular injury.

Alexis Sanchez saw minutes off the bench, despite previously not being expected to play, and the Chilean could now be handed a starting berth at Crystal Palace.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will hope to retain his place on the right wing, though with Sanchez’s introduction, Wenger could once again deploy Aaron Ramsey out wide, as he did in several matches last season.

Walcott will hope to earn a recall to the side, and offers a further option on the right, or up front, ahead of Giroud. Bellerin has since been passed fit and is expected to reclaim the right-back berth from Debuchy, in an otherwise unchanged defence.

Mathieu Flamini is a doubt with an ankle issue, while Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere remain on the sidelines with knee and ankle problems respectively.

Here is how we expect Wenger to line-up his side against Pardew’s men this Sunday.

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