Crystal Palace will be ready for a serious backlash from Arsenal following their humbling 2-0 defeat at home to West Ham last Sunday.
Despite dominating for large parts of the opening 45 minutes, the Gunners found themselves behind at the break after Petr Cech flapped at a cross, allowing Kouyate to nip in and head the Hammers in front.
Speaking about the defeat afterwards, Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker said:
“It was a bad start but sometimes you need a bad start to come back and realise that you have to give more than just what we did”
“It’s a massive loss for us because we had great confidence and now it’s time for us to settle down, stay healthy and look forward to next Sunday.
Sometimes it’s good to come back from a massive loss. I think we are capable of coming back.
That’s our job now. That was the first game of the season. It was a bad start but sometimes you need a bad start to come back and realise that you have to give more than just what we did.
“Hopefully we can come back from that disappointment. The confidence was high, everyone felt great but we had a couple of misunderstandings, especially in the first half.
“We lost the ball a lot, we were not patient enough at times, so there is a lot to work on. We have to work more.
It’s very important. We want to have a better start than last season so we need to be very cautious of the situation. To start with a game like that is not good but to bounce back is even more important now.”
Despite the fragile nature of the performance Arsene Wenger’s men put in last Sunday, they will no doubt be primed to bounce back in style when visiting Selhurst Park in front of the Sky Sports cameras next weekend. After a summer of such high expectations, they’ve got a huge point to prove and will be desperate to shake off any doubts about their title credentials with a solid display in SE25.
You can be sure that our players won’t head into the fixture underprepared, given Alan Pardew’s feverish approach to pre-match preparation, but when you’re dealing with a club that possess the strength in depth that Arsenal do, there is sometimes very little you can do to stem the tide.
Hopefully, Wenger’s sometimes stubborn tactical approach will play straight into our hands, but for now, we’ll be treating the prospect of a game against the Noth Londoners with the respect and caution it deserves.