Wenger facing injury crisis ahead of Crystal Palace clash, Ozil available

Schlupp could be in action when Palace host Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday.

"If you offered a home draw to Eagles boss Sam Allardyce before kick-off, he would take it".

"Crystal Palace are still in the relegation dogfight despite winning four games in a row before Wednesday's defeat at Southampton and they will be determined to get something from this game".

Palace now sit two places above the relegation zone on the 16th position with eight matches to go.

But with the rules of the game changing, the former England boss Allardyce revealed that in recent years he has adopted a new approach from those teams he previously managed but remained defiant on the philosophy which earned him a reputation.

He said: "Well, we don't coach tackling any more because it's very hard to get away with even a good tackle today".

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce: "I can see it going right to the wire, in the end it will be about who can hold their nerve and that is the big key to success when the pressure is on you at this level". (But) it's hard to bully a team now because of the laws of the game and the protection the players rightly get.

"What we have been doing in games has shown it has worked and that is why it is important that you keep doing the same practice during training, as when you can look back, how well it has gone in matches show you are doing something right".

Palace sit three points above the drop zone but with a tough run-in of fixtures, including five of the current top six, Allardyce's side have a long injury list.

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (C) greets Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez after he is substituted during the UEFA Champions League last 16 second leg football match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at The Emirates Stadium in London on March 7, 2017.

Palace also defensive problems as Patrick van Aanholt, James Tomkins and Scott Dann are all injured.

"Hopefully the medical staff can work vigorously in the next two weeks to get them back on the pitch again".

  • Julie Sanders