Arsenal handed a major injury blow ahead of Friday Crystal Palace PL clash

Arsenal kick off the new Premier League season when they play Crystal Palace on Friday night – and Mikel Arteta is confident his team can go better than last term’s fifth-placed finish.

Arsenal kick off the Premier League season with a Friday evening trip to Selhurst Park, where they take on Patrick Vieira’s exciting young Crystal Palace side. The Gunners fell to a meek 3-0 defeat last season, and will be hoping for much better this time around.

Injuries and illness plagued the Gunners in that fixture, but Arteta has revealed that only one player will be out of contention this time around. Fabio Vieira, Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Emile Smith-Rowe were all absent from their final pre-season clash against Sevilla, but three of those are expected in training on Thursday.

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Arsenal have enjoyed a successful pre-season, on and off the pitch, but they are still working on transfer business. Arteta admits that their winning mentality together with their experience and know-how were the key factors in why he wanted to recruit them. What’s your prediction for tonight’s match?

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