Arsenal are set to face an improved Crystal Palace side this weekend, with most Gooners bemused by our lack of goals this season, and we have to admit that we are not very confident that we are going to cope easily with Wilf Zaha and Co on Sunday.
But the fact is that despite our lack of belief in our strikers, we have actually scored 5 more League goals than Hodgson’s side this season, so it is no surprise that the Palace boss is worried about facing Arsenal’s top level attack. He told cpfc.com: “They’ve had a good start to the season, they are very, very dangerous with their front players. They’ve bought in a very expensive signing and they’ve promoted a couple of their own players from the U23 side. And of course [Alexandre] Lacazette is fit again.
“We realise we are going to face a team with enormous firepower and a team that run a lot and team that are very good with the ball.
“It’s our second game in a week in which we will probably have to accept that possession will be hard to get and there will be long periods of the game where we are going to have to run and contain the opponents without seeing much of the ball.
“We need to be very mindful that when we do get the ball back we’ve got to use it very wisely and ask them some questions.”
We may have the firepower to score goals, but the biggest worry we have is of course our defence, who concede much too easily, and even Palace have a better defensive record than us. So we have to answer the question: Do we think we will score more than them?