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Crystal Palace v Arsenal

Postby Conner99 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:38 pm

Crystal Palace will head into the game against Arsenal without Ian Holloway , it was announced that he would be leaving `by mutual consent` after just 11 months in charge . The 4-1 defeat by Fulham on Monday left Palace second bottom with just 3 points , assistant manager Keith Millen will be in temporary charge until a new manager is found.



Arsenal will travel to Selhurst Park still top of the Premier League , but a Champions League defeat last night against Borussia Dortmund will have left manager Arsene Wenger knowing he needs to get his players back on track in the league if they are to maintain there position at the top .
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Postby Pokerkings » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:34 pm

A much needed win to get us back on track after the Dortmund defeat.

Hopefully Cazorla and Flamini will be back in the side.
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Postby Hams » Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:14 am

This is a great time for Arsenal to play Crystal Palace who have just parted company with Ian Holloway and it should be an easy away win for the Gunners.

Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal
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Postby Pickleman1967 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:13 am

I've forecasted a 2-5 win for Arsenal in this game. I think Palace will play with gusto, and may well score first, but Arsenal have annoyingly effective attacking options right now, that will eventually overwhelm their defence.
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Postby Hams » Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:45 pm

Teams

Crystal Palace:
Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Gabbidon, Moxey, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Bannan, Thomas, Guedioura, Chamakh;

Subs: Price, Mariappa, O'Keefe, Puncheon, Kebe, Bolasie, Gayle

Arsenal:
Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud;

Subs: Fabianski, Monreal, Vermaelen, Wilshere, Rosicky, Gnabry, Bendtner
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Postby Pickleman1967 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 1:47 pm

Well if I'm right about the forecast score line, the second half should be a good watch! I was right about Palace playing with gusto, even if it took them a while to get going. If Arsenal score first I expect Palace's light to fade fairly quickly. If Palace score first Arsenal could have a tougher game in the second half than they bargained for.
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Postby Conner99 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:19 pm

1-0 to Arsenal ...penalty ...Mikel Artreta scoring , come on Arsenal ...we need to make sure of a win .
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Postby Conner99 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:21 pm

oh no ....red card for Arteta , we didn't need that really .
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Postby Pickleman1967 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:56 pm

A 'job done' performance by Arsenal. Probably the worst aspect of it from their point of view was Flamini going off and Arteta being sent off (soft red). At least Palace showed a little fight in the first half, though lets be honest they are going down.
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Postby Hams » Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:58 pm

FT

Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal
0-1 Arteta 47’ (pen.)
0-2 Giroud 87’

Arsenal go 5 points clear at the top of the league.

Mikel Arteta was the hero and villain scoring a penalty and then being sent off!

Any comments on this latest Gunners victory?
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Postby specnur » Sat Oct 26, 2013 4:06 pm

Bit worried about Arsenal's dip in form in recent games. We scraped by palace today, but we still had below form input from Ramsey, Cazorla ,Ozil and Wilshere! The fire was not there ,the crisp passing was gone.

I think it would be a good time to get some of these injured players back that have been out all season.
Couldn't come sooner in my eyes ,if we lose the momentum and rely on others to drop points we will be back in a dog fight with an underdeveloped chemistry.
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Postby Conner99 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:34 pm

we definitely struggled today..it was not like the recent games where we have played with style and pace , against a better team we might have lost this match . It was a bit harsh the red card for Arteta ..as Wenger said it was a long way from goal and not a clear goal soring chance .

But a very important win and keeps us on top ahead of the games against Liverpool ...
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Postby Hams » Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:06 am

I also think that Arteta's Red card was very harsh and Arsenal were lucky that their opponents today were only Crystal Palace.
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Postby Davey1 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 2:58 am

I hope to god Arsenal commit men forward for set pieces like they consistently do because Liverpool will go for the counter everytime. I think we counter in all of 11 seconds starting from Mignolet. Arsenal have been impressive so far this season but I didn't see that teamwork ethic today. Giroud is probably in the top 3 of poaching and his movement of the ball is always brilliant.
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Postby specnur » Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:23 am

If Arsenal play like they did in this game against Liverpool they will get owned! Big test for Ozil to step up and show what that price tag means!
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