Arsenal will be bitterly disappointed to have lost at home in the week to end an excellent run of victories and tighten up their Champions League group.
But Arsenal were unlucky in defeat to Dortmund – they didn’t play badly against the Champions League finalists and the result could easily have gone either way.
In short, Arsenal shouldn’t let this result dampen their mood. Right now they have all the flair and fluidity of the best Arsenal sides. But they have added a ruthless streak to their play which is reminiscent of Barcelona. Beautiful, devastating football which makes onlookers smile, regardless of their football loyalties. Cosmetically pleasing football with a cutting edge. Does it get any better?
If this rapier quick movement from back to front continues they should put a struggling Palace side to the sword.
Here is how we think Arsenal could line up, in what is beginning to look like a very settled side. Jack Wilshere is a doubt after sustaining an ankle injury against Dortmund.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Arteta, Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud
Is this the side to storm The Palace? Let us know your thoughts.