Palace’s man of the moment James McArthur is relishing the chance to play against Manchester City this weekend having enjoyed success against the league's bigger teams this season.
The Eagles have picked up 10 points out of a possible 15 against last season’s top six this term and head into this weekend’s game with high hopes. Many players would be intimidated by the thought of facing the reigning Premier League champions who are in fine form but McArthur is sure that Palace will rise to the challenge.
He said: “You look at ourselves this year with us beating Liverpool, a big side who came so close to winning the title last year. To beat them gives us confidence going into the game. We've been doing well away from home recently so hopefully we can go there and get a result.”
The midfielder was also part of Roberto Martinez’s FA Cup winning side in 2012 who beat the Citizens in the final so knows what victory over the blue half of Manchester tastes like.
Reflecting on that famous win he stated: “It was an amazing day, really unbelievable! It’s the highlight of my career. It was a special day for myself and obviously the Wigan team. I’ve beaten Man City the last two times I've played them so hopefully it can be three in a row.”
City will be without star man Sergio Aguero and their lack of fit strikers may lead to Yaya Toure being pushed further up the field. Widely regarded as the best box-to-box midfielder in the world the Ivorian has been playing well lately with three goals in his last five games and McArthur admires his prowess in the middle of the park.
“He’s a brilliant player - an absolute machine," he added. "You see how powerful he is, how good he is on the ball. You want to play against these players, the best players in the world.”
Palace’s summer signing who arrived from the Latics on a three year contract scored his first goal for the Eagles last weekend and impressed in a new role behind the striker. Now off the mark and fully settled in South London McArthur is looking to increase his goal tally further.
“It’s always nice to score goals. I want to add more goals to my game. I’ve had a couple of wee chances and not taken them so it’s good to get off the mark."