Arsenal host Crystal palace as Patrick viera returns to the Emirates stadium
Arsenal will be in action tonight against north London rivals crystal palace at the Emirates stadium with gunners former player now crystal palace's manager Patrick viera will once again be present at the stadium but as an opponent to them.
However, the Gunners are having a nice moment having picked up ten points in their four matches after having a poor start of the season losing their first three matches in a row are likely reducing pressure on manager Mikel Arteta.
Though they did struggle against Brighton in their last outing after playing a goaless draw against them and we're lucky to even picked up a point against a stubborn Brighton side and will hope for a better results against crystal palace at home.
Despite not losing in their last four matches the gunners will be mindful and careful against a palace side with the fact that they failed to win each of the last three home head-to-head (D2, L1), they did find the net at least twice in seven of their last previous nine home meetings with north London rivals crystal Palace.
Arsenal would definitely need to score twice again in the Emirate if they start poorly, with the fact that no side had conceded more goals than Arsenal’s six before half-time. Which is one main reason the gunners need to work on though they've conceded just one goal in their last four matches.
Despite Arsenal’s poor record before half-time, Crystal palace would find it difficult if their joint league low return of one first-half goal doesn’t improve in this derby match. Although crystal Palace have been tough and won't be easy to defeat as they have engage in four draws, a win and two lost in the Premier League so far, (W1, D4, L2).
Arsenal are just three points ahead of their opponent with 10points while crystal palace have seven points so far with the gunners currently in 13th position while palace are just behind them in 14th position. However, crystal Palace’s first ever Monday night premier league game was actually a 2-1 defeat to the gunners way back in 1992.
The record don't look great for crystal Palace, especially when you consider that Arsenal legend and Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira is the fourth ex-player to face his former employers as a premier league coach, with each of the three losing before him in their first game, by a two-goal margin.
Players to watch
The gabonese international would be a treat for their opponent which has also saw him scored in three of his six meetings against crystal Palace, at the same time has never won when doing so (D2, L1) but would always be a disturbance for the palace side as he is always dangerous to score at anytime.
The Ivorian has provided five assists in his previous games against Arsenal and would want to deliver more to the tally as he always look dangerous upfront for the palace side.
This is going to be a tricky one as I don't know what to expect. I expect Arsenal to win but as usual, they are also unpredictable.
Yeah crystal palace are full with surprises
And they turned out to be full of that seeing how the game ended.
Arsenal for the win.
Yeah sounds easy