Arteta expects Arsenal to suffer against Palace and ‘impressive’ Hodgson

Mikel Arteta is aiming to win two League games in a row against Palace tomorrow, a feat that Arsenal hasn’t managed since last August when we beat Newcastle and Burnley in our first two matches of the season.

But he certainly knows that it won’t be an easy target, considering that we only managed a draw in our home fixture against Roy Hodgson’s men, and we only took one point from both games against the Eagles last season as well.

The Boss admitted on that he only has respect for both Palace and Hodgson: “Every time I played there, I suffered,” Arteta said. “It was always tough. It is a very complicated stadium. Roy Hodgson is a manager with incredible experience and what he is doing there, it is very impressive and it will be tough.

“It is incredible how he deals with situations. To be living with this level of pressure for such a long time, the way he handles it, the way he behaves himself, the way he puts himself across, how respected he is around all the players and clubs, is remarkable. So I have big admiration for him.”

Right now, the Eagles are in a bad run of form with just one win in their last six, but I seem to remember they were also in a bad place when they came to the Emirates and that didn’t seem to make much difference.

All we can hope is that Arteta doesn’t get to suffer against Palace yet again!


  1. Sue says:

    Argh!!! They’re in a bad run of form, have lots of injuries and a suspension. Which member of their team hasn’t scored for 5 years? Argh!! We’ve heard it all before!!
    I think the only plus is – Mustafi won’t be playing!! Zaha will be gutted about that 😂
    Looking forward to it though 🤪

    1. gotanidea says:

      Zaha can be restrained by Maitland-Niles and Pepe. But Benteke is still a threat in corner situations, so I hope Luiz is fit to start

  2. Koktafo says:

    This game is a very goood test because crystal palace is not easy to beat. Hope we can beat them or at least managed a draw.

    1. Kedar says:

      We don’t need draw now…
      We need to win this one…
      We should start with Ozil, Pépé, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Ceballos all…

  3. AY75 says:

    We should be able to win the game. The players just have to maintain a good level of performance (or exert themselves) for as long as required. If they can kill the game off in the first half, they can just switch to cruise mode in the second half to see out the game… Let’s hope we pick up an easy win… COYG!!

  4. GB says:

    Misleading headline, Arteta did not say anywhere in the article that he expects to suffer against Palace.

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      Thanks for the clarity… 👍🏿

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