Arsenal head into the weekend aiming for their third successive victory in all competitions, but Arsene Wenger knows that it will be very difficult especially within their opponents being Crystal Palace. Alan Pardew has managed to rejuvenate the team that were flirting with relegation only a few months ago. Palace now have a five point buffer between them and the relegation zone. Pardew is experienced enough to know that this is not a substantial difference with 13 matches left to the season. Hence, there is unlikely to be any of the complacency associated with teams that have nothing to play for at this point in the season.
Speaking to the club’s official site, Wenger said: “It’s always very intense and it is a very dynamic ground. It’s a bit like Highbury as an old-fashioned stadium with a soul and it has a crowd that is always behind their team. We expect a passionate afternoon.”
Palace do not have a great record against Arsenal at Selhurst Park. The gunners are undefeated at this ground in the last 11 visits. Apart from the 2-1 defeat against Tottenham in the last away match, Arsenal have been looking comfortable of late. Yet, Wenger will be aware that they cannot drop any more points. After some great victories, Palace’s form appears to be dropping of late. The team has had just a single league win in the last three, while the run stretches to the last four if all competitions are taken into account.
A win and other results going their way could see Arsenal jump into third place. An equally poor result could see them slip to sixth behind Tottenham. The form of striker Olivier Giroud will be a source of great confidence for the gunners. The Frenchman was praised recently by Wenger after his goals helped register a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough. Taking your online betting winnings from the game over Middlesbrough, will give you more liquid to play Royal Vegas game online. They are a great source of entertainment as well as something exciting to do during half time breaks. Despite missing much of the season, the 28-year-old has taken his tally to 9 goals in just 14 appearances this season.