Arsenal host Crystal Palace Sunday in a crucial Barclays Premier League match that will stream live, as the Gunners struggle to hold on to their top four position and continue their streak of UEFA Champions League qualifications into a 19th consecutive year. But Palace also have plenty on the line, sitting a mere eight points above the drop zone with only five games left to play in the 2015-2016 season.
Coming off a disappointing 3-3 draw away in London derby to surprising West Ham United last week, Arsenal now have just 59 points and slipped to fourth when Manchester City blew past hapless Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. The Gunners now see a dangerously narrow three-point gap between themselves and charging Manchester United, who have pushed up to fifth place — and will face Crystal Palace themselves on Wednesday.
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A loss or a draw for Arsenal against Palace on Sunday, and Arsene Wenger’s side could see itself out of a Champions League position by mid-week with only five games left on their schedule.
Wenger was frustrated by the draw against West Ham, in which the Hammers’ Andy Carroll nailed a hat trick — using methods that Wenger found questionable at best.
“That Carroll stays on the pitch is absolutely scandalous,” Wenger raged in a press conference on Saturday. “The first foul [early on Laurent Koscielny] was a straight red. Watch it 10 times. It’s unbelievable he stays on the pitch, but nobody speaks about that. In the second half he makes three fouls without getting a second yellow. If you’re allowed absolutely everything on the football pitch, it’s easy to be physical because you’re not punished.”
Arsenal defeated Crystal Palace away on August 16 in just the second week of the current Barclays Premier League campaign, 2-1. Watch highlights of that victory in the video below.
To watch a live stream of the Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace Barclays Premier League match, try the video below — or use the streaming links in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff at Emirates Stadium in North London, England, is set for 4 p.m. British Summer Time on Sunday, April 17.
For fans in the United States, that start time will be 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 8 a.m. Pacific.
Wenger’s fear, according to Britain’s Guardian newspaper, is that former Arsenal star — now anti-Arsenal villain — Emmanuel Adebayor could repeat Carroll’s feat, dealing Arsenal another unfair setback.
But the 32-year-old Togo international has returned to the Emirates five times since leaving Arsenal in 2009 — three times with Manchester City and twice with Tottenham Hotspur — and has never made a significant impact in a game there.
The chance of Arsenal challenging for the Barclays Premier League title have faded to nearly nothing, as the Gunners trail shocking Leicester City by 13 points — as well as lagging second place Tottenham by six and Manchester City by one.
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To watch a live stream of the 39th meeting between Crystal Palace and Arsenal, from the Gunners home of Emirates Stadium in North London, England, use the link provided by NBC Sports Live Extra which can be found by clicking here, or download the NBC Sports Live Extra app to watch the crucial Premier League match on mobile devices. A list of possible alternatives for streaming the Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace match can be accessed at this link. A live radio broadcast stream of Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace can be heard via the Westwood One network online at this link, or on mobile devices using the TuneIn Radio app.
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