Mikel Arteta Effect: Arsenal Breaks Crystal Palace Curse And Record
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta managed to break the Crystal Palace curse last night as he cruised to a 2-0 win over Patrick Vieira’s side.
For the Gunners, Gabriel Martinelli’s header and Marc Guehi’s own goal were enough to overturn the curse.
Last season, Arteta never tasted a single win against Vieira’s side. Arsenal only collected a single point before being baptized with fire at Selhurst Park, walking away with a 3-0 defeat.
Crystal Palace last season didn’t only upset ARSENAL; Manchester City, Tottenham, and Manchester United were also ruthlessly put to the sword. But yesterday Arsenal got its revenge on the very first assignment-which wasn’t an easy task.
Speaking after the match, Arteta applauded his lads for managing to handle the unfriendly Selhurst Park atmosphere.
“You don’t win here without it [resilience] and we experienced that last season. We started differently from what we did last year. Building that mentality and finding a way to go through those moments and clean sheets in this league is going to be vital for our success and we have managed to do that. Hopefully, that will breed some confidence in the team.”
Despite losing at home, Crystal Palace made a couple of good chances through Eberechi Eze and Edouard but Ramsdale was equal to both tasks.
“We created two really good chances to score and we didn’t take them. In this game, you get punished hard. Of course I’m disappointed because we could have scored, even if we didn’t create much.
“Football is about trying to score goals and we played against a good side. It’s really difficult to control the game against teams that have really good players. We had the ball, we had situations but we didn’t create very much. In the key moments, we didn’t score to lift the crowd and build momentum. That is something we have to work on, said Vieira after the match.