Saka, Smith-Rowe start
Arsenal are in a situation where they must win their final two games to have any hope whatsoever of reaching the European qualification spots for next season.
It will depend on the results of Spurs and West Ham who, should they win their games, give the Gunners no hope of overtaking them on the final day.
Arsenal have gone with, unsurprisingly, a very strong line-up.
Aubameyang leads the line with Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe and Nicolas Pepe behind.
Mohamed Elneny keeps his place after the man of the match performance against Chelsea. Calum Chambers starts at right-back with Hector Bellerin out injured.
Kieran Tierney starts to the delight of Scottish supporters after his injury scare. Gabriel and Rob Holding partner in front of the recently called up Bernd Leno of the Germany Euro squad.
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— Arsenal (@Arsenal) May 19, 2021
Hodgson’s last home game
It does seem almost fitting that’s there will be fans in Selhurst Park to witness the last game at the ground for Roy Hodgson.
The former England, Liverpool, Fulham and West Brom manager will leave the club at the end of the season after many successful seasons with the Eagles.
He has kept the club in the league and even pushed them into an established mid-table position. Which few could argue is not what the role he was employed to do is.
Whilst the game has little incentive competitively for Palace, putting on a show for their fans and honouring Hodgson will of course be its own boost.
Wilfried Zaha, linked with Arsenal in the past, will want to put himself in the shop window should a big summer move become available.
Meanwhile Eberechi Eze will miss out after the former QPR and Arsenal man faces a long spell on the sidelines with an Achilles injury.
EXCL: Eberechi Ezi has suffered a serious Achilles injury that could rule him out well into next season. Occurred in training & 22yo Crystal Palace player seeing specialist to ascertain extent of damage + next steps. W/ @domfifield for @TheAthleticUK #CPFC https://t.co/RaeXRfVTcU
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) May 19, 2021
Hodgson has selected
Geoffrey Schlupp replaces Eze with Zaha, Christian Benteke and and Andros Townsend in attack.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 19, 2021
The game is set to kick off at 7pm this evening.