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Pick your Arsenal team to face Crystal Palace….

With the new Premier League season set to get under way, Arsenal find themselves in a very promising position to go all the way when compared to recent years. The breaking of the infamous trophy drought and the summer acquisitions by Arsene Wenger, most notably Alexis Sanchez, are a clear sign of the Gunners intentions for this season.

Arsenal kick off their campaign at home to Crystal Palace, who have just seen manager Tony Pulis depart from the club on debatable circumstances. With a promising start certainly a necessity against a deflated Palace side, just who should Arsene Wenger choose to get Arsenal’s new campaign off to a flying start?

Will Pulis leaving Palace help or hinder Arsenal?

The 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season was long coming, and, sometimes the wait felt longer than it actually was. Albeit Arsenal’s pre-season campaign gave us some food for thought, it’s nowhere close to the real deal. Isn’t it? To put things into perspective, however, this season would be no different to any other, with Aaron Ramsey convinced that six teams will be competing for the coveted trophy.

Arsenal, going into the new season, will have very high ambitions of being in the title race longer than they managed to last season. And – if they can get to March and April hovering around the summit position – there’s no reason why Wenger’s wizards can’t put the finishing touches to their long-awaited Premier League triumph.

Arsenal v Palace, Preview, Line-Up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace preview, line up and predicted score by KJ

It was disappointing for Arsenal to only get the draw against Southampton midweek as it has allowed Manchester City to take the top spot and we know they won’t drop many points as the season wears on. However, Chitty will be facing Chelsea on Monday evening and we have the potential to apply pressure on them by securing a win against Palace.

Stoke may be born again, but Arsenal will kill ‘em!!

Arsenal will look to turn a good week into a fantastic one when Mark Hughes brings his Stoke City side to the Emirates on Sunday. A lot of football experts and fans, including myself, have been very surprised by Stoke this season, but I expect Arsene Wenger and an in-form Arsenal side to bring them back to Earth with a bump this weekend.

Everything is in Arsenal’s favour for a change – Grab the opportunity!

Wenger can lead us through a league in turmoil by DG

While everyone knows that Arsene Wenger is now comfortably the longest serving current Premier League manager, I wonder if you all realise just how far ahead he is of the pack? It was revealed yesterday that Tony Pulis is leaving Stoke after 7 years in charge. His departure, coupled with Roberto Martinez leaving Wigan, mean that the second longest serving manager in the league right now is Alan Pardew. How can this be!? Pardew only joined Newcastle in 2010, and yet he finds himself behind only Wenger on the longest serving list. It is a remarkable and shocking reminder of just how fickle a manager’s career can be.

Video: Pulis expects FA charge after Michael Owen’s attack on Arsenal midfielder

Michael Owen may have been lucky to escape a yellow or even a red card on Saturday after his angry punch thrown at Mikel Arteta towards the end of the bad-tempered game between Arsenal and Stoke, but he may regret that the referee didn’t deal with it immediately as he is now open to an investigation by the FA.

Owen’s manager Tony Pulis admitted that Owen shouldn’t have reacted so strongly, but he is waiting expectantly for the FA to make an announcement. He said: “Arteta’s challenge was a poor challenge but Michael shouldn’t do that.”

Stoke boss has the cheek to accuse Arsenal of cheating!

A lot of teams come to Arsenal planning to be solid and hard to beat, but few have parked the bus quite as blatantly as Stoke City did yesterday. Arsenal finally broke the resistance with a deflected free kick from Lukas Podolski, but the linesman tried to incorrectly rule the goal out for offside. The referee overruled his assistant, and it was the correct decision, but Tony Pulis is unhappy (there’s a surprise) because he thinks the Arsenal players influenced Chris Foy’s decision.

“The disappointing thing for me is the number of Arsenal players that surrounded the linesman. I thought that was something you couldn’t do.

It’s time for Arsenal to get revenge on Stoke

Arsenal under Arsene Wenger have generally been regarded as a team that produces great flowing football and have changed the way that the game is played in England. They have also been seen as a bit lightweight sometimes, and Wenger has had his disagreements with managers like Sam Allardyce when teams have set out to bully the Gunners by playing a very physical way. Tony Pulis and Stoke have been one of the main propagators of this approach, but Arsenal can get payback today and put the Potters in their place.

Arsenal defender Koscielny is the latest to brand Liverpool’s Suarez a cheat!

Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is doing brilliantly, if his intention is to alienate people and make as many enemies as possible that is. Arsenal and France defender Laurent Koscielny has become the latest person to join the LSFC (Luis Suarez Fan Club) after he was asked about his favourite and least favourite players by the French newspaper, L’Equipe.

“Who is the forward I hate to face? Suarez. He is tiresome to defend against. He cheats. He pulls your shirt, giving you small blows.

“You always want to give him a kick but you have to be careful not to be red carded.

Pulis: Arsenal are dirtier than Stoke – Wenger: I don’t think so!

We must all agree that Arsenal fans always consider Stoke City to be a “dirty” team, which was not helped by that tackle on Aaron Ramsey by Ryan Shawcross, but the Stoke manager Tony Pulis thinks that his team have been unfairly branded, while he thinks that Arsenal get just as many red cards, if not more.

Pulis said: “People talk about us about us being a dirty team, yet we haven’t had as many red cards or I haven’t had as many red cards as a manager as Arsene Wenger has had as a manager,”