Arsenal: Predicted line-up to face Crystal Palace

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Arsenal have been handed positive news ahead of their weekend meeting with Crystal Palace, after it was confirmed that midfielder Mathieu Flamini will be available for the encounter at Selhurst Park.

Flamini sustained a concussion in the victory over Norwich City last Saturday, which prompted the Frenchman to miss the midweek defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Tomas Rosicky was included in Flamini's absence, but the latter should be reintroduced to marshall the midfield this weekend.

Jack Wilshere suffered an ankle knock in that 2-1 loss to Dortmund and, although the England international is fit for Palace, Arsene Wenger may use this as an opportunity to rest the midfielder.

In Wilshere's place should come Santi Cazorla, who has yet to complete 90 minutes on his return, but impressed from the start against Norwich and his late, albeit futile, cameo against Dortmund.

Cazorla played a part in Arsenal's opening two goals against the Canaries, in a match that finished 4-1, and the Spaniard is likely to be given license to terrorise struggling Palace.

Arsene Wenger is not expected to make any other changes to his XI, with nine of the players who started midweek likely to be retained this weekend.

Arsenal predicted XI to face Crystal Palace…

Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs; Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Özil, Santi Cazorla; Olivier Giroud.

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