Preview: Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Captain Mikel Arteta would lead the team out of the Emirates tunnel on Saturday
Captain Mikel Arteta would lead the team out of the Emirates tunnel on Saturday

After winning the FA cup last season, the gunners would be hoping to build on that success.

Manager Arsene Wenger, known for his parsimonious stance in the transfer market, however, has brought a new dimension to his team.

Alexis Sanchez joined the club from Barcelona, adding to Calum Chambers, David Ospina and Mathieu Debuchy.

The North London outfit ended their long run trophy drought last term, and the French manager believes the triumph relieved the pressure on the squad. He said: ‘’It has taken a little weight off our shoulders’’

Up in south London, the visitors are gnashing their teeth after Tony Pulis stepped down from his managerial duty, after dispute with the hierarchy over transfer dealings.

Albeit, caretaker Keith Milen believes his team won’t be affected by the changes as they prepare to visit the Emirates tomorrow.

“I got a phone call from the chairman at 21:00 BST on Thursday and I was asked to take training today and take the team tomorrow’’. Milean revealed.

‘’Tony is a single minded and he knows what he wants on the football field. The transfer dealings have frustrated us as a club. We had a brief meeting this morning and I told them Tony loved working with them. Confidence-wise, it shouldn’t affect us at all.’’

‘’I wasn’t expecting to be sitting here a day before the season starts’’.

In what promises to be a blockbuster encounter, Crystal Palace travel to North London to take on the Gunners in the evening game of Saturday’s fixtures.

Venue: Emirates Stadium

Prediction: Arsenal 4-0 Crystal Palace