Happy new year to you Mr or Missus reader, I hope we have a positive 12 months (at least) in store for us both from a personal point of view and indeed in terms of some Arsenal success.

It was a very busy 2016 for yours truly, so one of my resolutions was to make some more time and get back to writing on this blog more often than I have been in recent weeks/months. Sometimes if I do not have enough time on my hands I will not write anything at all so maybe I will just write less when time is not on my side.

Anyway I am wasting valuable characters when I should be talking about the Arsenal, the irony is not lost on me there.

I’ve just had a quick scroll of the ‘ol Twitter and I see no hints of any team selection before the 4pm kick off. I am interested to know what sort of team Arsene Wenger will select today. I am sure he would have been mulling this over all week.

Clearly today’s selection is not only about Crystal Palace but also Tuesday’s away match at Bournemouth so I’m sure we’ll get to see most of our squad over the next few days.

Sam Allardyce will more than likely set up his new Crystal Palace side in a similar manner to West Brom except surely more adventurous when they do have a chance to break. I mean how could you not be a little braver than West Brom’s showing last week? That was painful.

So the predictions for Oliver Giroud to start once more makes some sort of sense, even if I wasn’t convinced before kick off in our last match. There were complaints that we did not play wide attackers in that game but when you look at where both Gibbs and Bellerin played, they spent far more time running at their opposite numbers than defending, so we could witness more of the same today but this time they will have more to think about the other way as Palace have a number of quick counter attacking players such as Zaha and Townsend.

I’m not even going for the predicted line up today as I have no clue but I’d like to see Aaron Ramsey being tasked with the Coquelin role today, pushing up to force mistakes from Palace but also with the extra technical and offensive qualities that we lack when the Frenchman starts. Mustafi is back in the squad which is great news, if fit enough he will probably come straight back into the team I assume. Gibbs is out which is a shame, it looked as if he could have had a chance at his old spot in the team but injury has never been his best friend. Too early for a bench spot for Welbz? Perhaps.

How will Alexis and Özil be used over these two games? Will they start both? Will Arsene look to remove them from the pitch at 70 minutes? Who’d be a manager eh? Actually I’d be up for giving it a bash at one of the Chinese clubs, for the challenge of course, nothing to do with the ridiculous wages obviously.

I’m watching Watford vs Tottenham as I’m writing this and unfortunately it seems like only a matter of time before them lot score.

As long as we do our bit then I’ll be happy.

And there it is Tottenham score *sigh*

And again [Closes stream]