Tomorrow evening Arsenal take on a Crystal Palace side that looked nailed on for relegation a couple of months ago, but since Roy Hodgson took over they have gone on an amazing 8 game unbeaten run and have moved up to just one point of getting out of the relegation zone and the team has an abundance of confidence at the moment.
Confidence is one thing that Arsenal have been short of on the road and they have only managed one last-minute win over Burnley in their last 5 away matches and the pressure is now on the Gunners to try and stay in touch with the five teams above us. Nothing less that the three points will do tomorrow or we will have another dent in our confidence.
Hodgson has admitted that he has been impressed with Arsenal’s recent form, but is looking forward to seeing his team fight hard to get more points on the board. Hodgson said: “I watched the game on Friday night [against Liverpool] and I thought they were extremely good, as were Liverpool,
“I watched their game against Manchester United which they lost but I thought they played exceptionally well, their attacking play was stupendous.
“We know that’s what we’ve got coming; that’s what we’ve got to try to find a way of trying to deal with and the only advantage we have is the fact that it is at home where our fans do give us enormous support and also they’re sensible fans they realise that we have got a big job on our hands, they will be expecting us to give our all against Arsenal.
“But they won’t necessarily be expecting that we are going to go out there and take Arsenal apart because they know what wealth and riches they possess compared to us; a much more modest Premier League team.”
The thing is that nobody expects Palace to win so they can be much more relaxed during the game, but with Wilfried Zaha back to his best they are a real potential banana skin to Arsenal. Now we will find out if the players are up for the fight or not…