Arsenal has been handed a boost ahead of their match against Crystal Palace this weekend as the Eagles are now struggling to field a first-team goalkeeper.
Patrick Vieira’s side has struggled for form in 2023 and has become one of the prospective candidates for relegation despite a very fine start to the season.
It does not get easier for the Londoners as they face league leaders Arsenal in their next game and now they might not have an experienced goalkeeper in goal.
A report on Standard Sport reveals Vicente Guaita and their backup Sam Johnstone are unavailable because of injuries.
19-year-old Joe Whitworth was in goal in their latest game and the report claims they might give him a chance to play against the league leaders again at the weekend if none of the senior goalies recovers.
Just Arsenal Opinion
This sounds like a major boost for us ahead of the game, but we cannot let it bring complacency around us.
Palace is a difficult side to face and they need points, so we must expect a serious fight from them.
Whoever is in goal against us knows this is a huge chance for them to make an impact and would want to grab it.
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Manager less and now having problems finding a reliable lad to put between the sticks.
This one looking to be handed on a plate for Tossard and company
Please tell Arteta not to start Jesus. He should stick with the Martinelli-Trossard-Saka combination until after the internationals
IThink he only started Jesus against Sporting to get him up to speed.
That extended length of minutes played by his stars last night is going to complicate his starting selection for the derby.
But Viera plays a particular type of way makes any deep variation could be disastrous for the Eagles
Why don’t you want Jesus to start?
Because Martinelli, Trossard and Saka have been immense so far. Jesus is just coming back from injury and I know Arteta always has a brain fart of throwing in his favourite players whenever he has the chance. Only God knows why Tierney didn’t start last night
I find it odd that he should be sacked when they are 12th in the league ,pretty much where you would expect a team like palace to be placed ,must have been a falling out somewhere along the way .
I’ve only read good things about Vieria so it was a strange one reading that today ,good for us though .
No. Not good for us. Remember the Everton game? We lost (as expected) because they just fired their manager. It’s called “New Manager Vibe”. I expect Palace to give us a hard time as they’ve also sacked Vieira, especially if they hire a new one before Sunday
Still an easy victory in my eyes mate .
Roy hodgson in talks as we speak.
Also, take into account, all preparations for the Palace game goes out of the window as the new coach will try something different to get a result.
So it’s 11 against 11 on Sunday whereas Palace have the advantage of knowing how we play and we don’t.
N B. Your final sentence makes NO sense at all.
Palace will not have manager by Sunday for certain and any coach who is already there who will take temporary charge, will not change tactics for sure.
So we know excatly how they play and how they will continue to play on Sunday. You make no sense my muddled friend!
We must avenge dear Patrick against palace.
We’d have beaten him if he was there anyway.LOL.
Vengeance? No. Forgive and Forget
The Everton game is quite different, though we have a huge history of beating them, Merseyside had become a tricky place recently I wasn’t totally surprised of the new manager bounce last time out, last season when everyone was beating Everton we were the only one went there and lost during that time period.
Playing Palcae at the office is a total different ball game, the only thing I can see spoiling this Partey is a very organize Roy Hodgson joining and turning up with his low block.
But I expect a field day at the office to avenged our legend who seems to be sack under suspicious circumstances
I don’t think it is suspicious?
They can’t score and 3 points of 18th.
Although Paddy is still a legend in my eyes and I think it is a bit rash, it is a results business and he hasn’t been getting results.
I suppose this is Lokonga’s season is now over😒
Beat Palace go 8 points clear, 10 games to go, then Leeds after the international break. Win those 2 games and we then go to Anfield in a nice position with 9games left, just do not lose there or at City, draws would be ideal as City still have to play Liverpool also.
Gets very interesting and also only 5+GD in favour of City at this moment, could be even if we give Palace a good hammering and bounce back from Europa league exit.