Cape Town - Palace
have been revived since the arrival of Alan Pardew, losing just one of five
Premier League games since the former Newcastle manager took charge.
Last weekend's FA Cup defeat at home to Liverpool ensured the
club's remaining target is to build on their recent run and secure a mid-table
Palace striker Marouane Chamakh will have an added incentive to do
well against his former club after a disappointing stay at the Emirates
Pardew believes the Morocco international has benefitted from
being given a more prominent role at his new club and said: "I think he's
grown in confidence and sometimes only games can do that for you.
"You know he was in and out at Arsenal, it's a difficult club
to break through. For players like Chamakh, sometimes it's best to move away
and find yourself and he has found himself and he's an asset to us."
Palace forward Yaya Sanogo, on loan from Arsenal, is ineligible to
face his parent club and having lost Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak to
extended international duty last month, Pardew admits he has not yet had the
opportunity to field his strongest side.
"We've not actually got it all together and I don't think
this weekend we will because we're not quite there," Pardew said.
"This is a bonus game for us in a way because no one will
expect us to get anything outside of Crystal Palace."
Pardew and Chamakh will be out to help Crystal Palace stop Arsenal's impressive run on Sunday.
The match at Selhurst Park kicks off at 17:00.