On the occasion where he equalled Sir Alex Ferguson's record of 810 Premier League games in charge, Arsene Wenger saw his side start out with plenty of verve but their vigour was matched by the hosts.
Luka Milivojević will have to be in fine form if the Eagles are to upset Arsenal.
Palace were fortunate to remain in 16th place without even kicking a ball after a dramatic round of Boxing Day fixtures, meaning a win against their London rivals would put them in a very comfortable position in the scrap for survival.
The trio of Ozil, Sanchez and Lacazetta start upfront.
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In the 911 call from the evening, the driver, who says her name is Armani, panics when she doesn't see her friend move. The four teenagers were observed leaving the overpass near the incident after the vehicle was struck, police said.
The Gunners will bid to banish memories of their last trip to Selhurst Park, when a 3-0 defeat landed a telling blow to their Champions League hopes and heaped further pressure on Wenger.
Belgium forward, Christian Benteke returns for the game against Arsenal after he was suspended for the game with Swansea.
Nacho Monreal is a doubt for the Gunners, with the Spanish defender picking up an ankle injury in the match against Liverpool.
Santi Cazorla is also out as he continues his rehabilitation from a long term injury. My old team-mates at Schalke played their last game of the year on the day we beat West Ham in the cup, so they are on holiday now.
For all their early season woes, Palace aren't eight games unbeaten through luck.