Against Crystal Palace, Arsenal will begin the 2022/23 Premier League season on Friday. There were five wins out of five in Arsenal's preseason, but is that enough to give them confidence going into Friday's game against Manchester City? There are two reasons why Arsenal could lose to Crystal Palace on Friday.
1) Arteta Has Yet To Win Against Patrick Vieira: In football, streaks like Arsene Wenger's inability to defeat Jose Mourinho in league games can last for years. To make matters worse for the Palace manager, Patrick Vieira has beaten Mikel Arteta just once, drawn with him once, and never lost to him since his tenure. Crystal Palace's psyche could benefit from this boost ahead of their matchup with Arsenal on Friday. One legend, two captains: Arteta's future could be in jeopardy if Arsenal legend Vieira joins him at the Emirates.
This is why Arsenal has struggled to win games against Crystal Palace over the last seven seasons: they are unable to deal with muscular opponents. Having won their previous match 3-0, Palace is expected to use the same strategy this time around. CRYSTAL PARK versus ARSENAL (3-0) | Premier League highlights They are well aware that they are clearly the inferior team due to their lack of quality, but they want to take advantage of the Arsenal players' fragile mentality and irritate them through fouls and physicality. When this happens, Arsenal will crumble and Palace will gain from defensive mistakes.
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