Arsenal - Crystal Palace Preview: Gunners hoping for win in double gameweek

Arsenal take on Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon in the first of a double gameweek for the Gunners.

Arsenal - Crystal Palace Preview: Gunners hoping for win in double gameweek
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If it wasn't already over before the frantic 3-3 draw with West Ham, Arsenal's title hopes are now virtually over. The goal is now firmly on catching rivals Tottenham, and ensuring there's no slip-ups in the club's persuit of Champions League football next season. 

Arsenal first take on Crystal Palace this weekend, before facing Tony Pulis' West Brom side in midweek. They are two games that will surely provide six points for the Wenger's men. However, this is the Gunners that we're talking about, and they've struggled incredibly for consistency in 2016.

The need for consistency

Arsenal are usually quite good in a run-in, but with now nothing to seemingly play for, it could be quite a dead end to the season for the Gunners. Despite that, they'll need to find consistency in order to safely secure their place in the top four. Nothing is impossible with Arsenal but surely they can't squander such a promising chance from this position.

Arséne Wenger's side were firmly in the title race at Christmas, but flash-forward four months later and once again Arsenal are looking at another season with a limp attempt at challenging for the ultimate glory: something that has eluded them for over a decade, the much-coveted Premier League title.

Fluid attacking play

The good thing about Arsenal's recent displays is the fact that they've built momentum through the returns of fresh faces. Danny Welbeck's partnership alongside Alex Iwobi has been a joy to watch in the final third, and their link-up play is definitely exciting. The latter has netted two goals and also notched two assists since his rapid emergence within the first-team ranks.

Alexis Sánchez has enjoyed a resurgence in form following his injury lay-off, whilst Mesut Özil continues to flourish in an otherwise un-inspiring Gunners side.