It’s been only two and a half months but the off-season always seems way longer though the Lionesses did get us all getting upbeat to sweet caroline, but now the time has finally come to welcome back the biggest league in the world, The English Premier League, and what better way to kick-start the new campaign with two Arsene Wenger bound players now turned managers – Patrick Viera’s composed Crystal Palace hosting Mikel Arteta’s ardent Arsenal.
This particular fixture has resulted in ample of surprises in recent years with most of the games advancing into nail-biting stages and concluding with the sides sharing a point each.
The last outing at Selhurst Park ended with Palace’s 3-0 win over Arsenal where the Eagles promoted themselves to the top half of the premier league table at the point and impaired Gunner’s hopes of a top-four finish. Roy Hodgson’s last game as a manager ended in a 1-3 defeat to Arsenal as the manager walked through the sidelines of his boyhood club with the crowd on their feet and chanting his name.
It was no fantasy farewell to Roy Hodgson as the gunners clinched that win in the added minutes with super-sub Martinelli and Pepe’s double sealing the deal to Europa League places.
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