Arsenal’s 3-0 aggregate win against Napoli on Thursday night secured them a spot in the Europa League semi-final, and continued their great run of six wins in seven competitive matches (W6, L1). Impressively, all six of those victories were accompanied by a clean sheet.
Now their intentions switch back to the Premier League (PL) and the race for the top four. A big factor to their recent success has been their ability to build a lead before half-time. Of their previous 11 competitive goals scored, eight came in the first half. They rarely build on that lead though, having scored two goals or fewer in each of their previous five matches (in all competitions).
Losing four of their previous six competitive games (W2, L4), visitors Crystal Palace aren’t in great form as they travel to the Emirates. There has been a recurring theme in their recent defeats – they are conceding goals far too easy. In fact, they have conceded two or more in each of their previous seven competitive defeats. [Read more…]