After a sluggish start, Arsenal have managed to get their season back on track with three wins in their last four Premier league games. Shortly after the International break, the Red contingent of North London will welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates Stadium for their 8th game of the 2021-22 campaign.
The last time these two sides met at the aforementioned ground, the game ended in a stalemate as neither team was able to break the deadlock. Moreso, It might interest you to know that Crystal Palace are now under the management of Patrick Vieira, a former Arsenal player who spent almost a decade (1996-2005) at the Emirates. During his playing days, the Frenchman was Instrumental as the Gunners lifted three Premier league titles and four FA Cups, thus making him one of the most decorated players at the club.
However, 16 years after leaving the Gunners, Vieira is now going to lead another team against a club he dedicated nine years of his career playing for and the big question is, will his return constitute problems for Mikel Arteta?. Needful to say that Crystal Palace have not been doing too bad so far this season especially after their recent comeback draw against the Foxes.
Although Arsenal will be expected to secure the win, Patrick Vieira will be looking to impress against his former side and push his them up the table. His loyalties has since changed and all that will matter to him next week monday will be to secure a decent record as much as Mikel Arteta. The only thing that will guarantee a positive outcome for the Gunners will be a good performance, but should they in anyway play like they did during the beginning of the season, then it could be Patrick Vieira's turn to haunt a former club.
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