Arsenal will be a wounded animal on Sunday claims Alan Pardew
Pardew’s Eagles meet Arsenal this weekend, with the Palace manager full of praise for Yohan Cabaye
August 14th, 2015
A tricky test awaits Arsenal when they head to Selhurst Park on Sunday, with Crystal Palace in the groove after last weekend’s 3-1 victory at Carrow Road.
Alan Pardew is looking forward to seeing how his team measure up against a side tipped by many for the Premier League title this season, with the Eagles manager of the opinion that Yohan Cabaye wouldn’t look out of place at the Emirates.
Cabaye was a surprise arrival at the south London club during the summer and Pardew feels that the Frenchman has the quality to play at the highest level, with the midfielder making the choice to reunite with a manager after the pair worked together at St James’ Park.
He said: “I go back three years ago when Yohan wouldn’t play at Manchester City because he thought he was going to Arsenal. So it is quite ironic he’s here with us at Palace.
“He’s a fantastic player, we are honoured to have him and he is definitely the level of Arsenal players. I don’t think Arsène Wenger or anyone at Arsenal would disagree with that. We have a player who could definitely play in their team and that is a nice feeling for us. He can give us control in games.
“I’ll be surprised if they’re not a wounded side. Their manager has enough experience to turn that result against West Ham from a negative into a positive. It was a great performance by West Ham. I was there, and they deserved to win and Arsenal will be looking to rectify that.”
Even so, it’s a prime opportunity for Palace to make a flying start against an Arsenal side who will now be feeling pressure to get the three points, with the Eagles also possessing match-winners in the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Yanick Bolasie.