Arsenal has to collect all three points today against Crystal Palace, nothing else is acceptable.
There is no breathing space left for Unai Emery, not after the 1-0 loss against Sheff Utd last Monday.
It was not so much the actual loss against the Blades that was so annoying but the manner of that loss. The fans expect better and the manager and players must deliver a better performance today.
It must not be forgotten that Palace beat Arsenal last season at the Emirates. They cannot be underestimated in any form.
The Eagles are an exciting side, they are quick on the counter and are not afraid of the big boys. Just ask Man Utd.
You can take it to the bank that Palace will put the Arsenal defence under severe pressure today and it is imperative that the midfield works its ass off to make life easier for the defence.
Arsenal has the players to put Palace to the sword today but only if the forwards get the service they are begging for and are clinical when that service is provided.
Pepe will be on fire, of that I am certain, his confidence will be huge right now. Aubameyang will be fresh and Lacazette will have come on significantly following his outing against Vitoria in the Europa League Thursday night.
As long as the defence is solid, the midfield productive and the forwards clinical Arsenal will win. The Eagles will take advantage of any weakness and it is down to Arsenal to prevent that from happening.
Arsenal should have enough in the bank to win but I suspect it will be a close-run thing.
Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace