Yohan Cabaye warns Crystal Palace have the quality to dent Arsenal's top four hopes at Selhurst Park

James Benge

Yohan Cabaye believes Crystal Palace can put a major dent in Arsenal’s top four credentials whilst taking a crucial step clear of the relegation zone on Monday.

Palace host Arsene Wenger’s side at Selhurst Park hovering a merge three points clear of 18th-placed Swansea after a 3-1 loss to Southampton on Wednesday checked their four-game win streak.

In that time Sam Allardyce’s men proved themselves to be fearsome opponents for the league’s top sides, downing leaders Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge thanks to inspired displays by Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha.

Now Cabaye wants to repeat the trick against Arsenal, whose manager Arsene Wenger has never lost to the Eagles in 11 Premier League meetings.

“It's very important and a very big game,” Cabaye told Sky Sports. “We are still in this bad position so we need to stay focused on our target and to have the right mentality to get points.

“We need to show them it's going to be tough for them to get something from the game, especially at Selhurst.

“Apart from yesterday when the result wasn't good, we are in good form and in good shape, mentally and physically.”

Cabaye added: “We need to play with big confidence to come onto the pitch and just think we can win the game. I'm confident because we have quality in the team.

“We work hard, really hard to be better on the pitch, individually and as a team. The game [against Chelsea] was tough. We defended really well and we were clinical also.

“That match has to give us the confidence to play the big teams. The game [against Arsenal] will be different but we have the quality to play well and get the win.”

However Cabaye may not be able to take part as Palace look to take down another of the capital’s leading sides, with the French midfielder having picked up a calf problem in the loss at Selhurst Park.

Cabaye joins the likes of Patrick van Aanholt, James Tomkins and Connor Wickham on the sidelines for at least part of a hugely challenging run-in that will include further games against Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United.