Seasons greetings to one and all, and while we are filled with good cheer, our festivities would be helped massively by an Arsenal win.

We go to Selhurst Park to take on a resurgent Crystal Palace. The dangers for this are double-barrelled. Firstly, the Eagles are a different creature than the one that lost their first seven fixtures without even a solitary goal scored. They are currently on an eight game run without a loss. The sequence includes a handsome win over a strong Leicester City side and plenty of goals.

Secondly, it is an away game for us. We’ve shown this season, that this is a massive stumbling block that we’re struggling to overcome.

The festive fixture schedule is a harsh list, but we have a couple of days extra rest compared to our rivals. This should benefit us, especially as we have yet another away game coming this very weekend.

Who will be lining up in the team? Well, Shkodran Mustafi is now fit, seeing as he was a half time substitute for the injured Nacho Monreal. The German will take the Spaniard’s place, but it is unclear right now how long Nacho will be ruled out for. Olivier Giroud was ruled out for six weeks so February looks to be the Frenchman’s return date, placing more emphasis on Alexandre Lacazette.

Aaron Ramsey has lost his place to Jack Wilshere in recent weeks due to injury, and while our results may be less than impressive, Jack has taken his chance with both hands. Rambo is still unavailable, and his return may not be instantaneous thanks to the form of Wilshere.

Our last visit to Selhurst Park was an abomination. We lost 3-0 that night, and the performance was perhaps amongst the worst we’ve had in Wenger’s long reign. It can’t get much worse than this, but our away form doesn’t exactly fill us all with huge amounts of confidence.

Roy Hodgson has some real dangerous players to pick from too. Wilfried Zaha can rip any team apart on his day, and is perhaps the key to the home side’s hopes. Reuben Loftus-Cheek has been a big plus in the centre and will be a handful for Jack and Xhaka, and Benteke may not be full of goals yet, but he is a handful for our backline. They will be pumped and this game will be a tight affair.

One of the biggest tests for us though, is keeping the vociferous crowd quiet. The Selhurst Park faithful are among the loudest in the league, and will create a great atmosphere for the home side. With our away form being sketchy at best, this is another test we must overcome.

Liverpool, tottenham and Chelsea all won on Boxing Day, placing more pressure on this game and our men to grab maximum points. We need to go on a run first and foremost, but it is high time we got over this phobia of away games.

Two games, Burnley and Everton, represent our sole wins on our travels in the league this season. We’ve been atrocious at times, sometimes unlucky. With such a long run of games without a win though, it tells a tale of us falling short.

Something’s gotta give. We need three points from this, and then three points at the Hawthorns in the weekend. Any less, and we deserve everything we get. Or don’t get.