Centre-back Damien Delaney has predicted a tough afternoon on Sunday, as Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal visit Selhurst Park for the Eagles’ first home match of the season.
Despite the two sides experiencing opposite fortunes on opening weekend, with Palace winning and the Gunners losing, Delaney has not been fooled into thinking that Sunday’s early kick-off will be a walk in the park.
“They’re quite tough [to play against],” he said.
“They move the ball very, very quickly. Some times they see passes before you do and that’s when they get down the sides or get in behind you or take it to areas you don’t want to be in.
“They create a lot of overloads.”
Palace started the 2015-16 Premier League season with a 3-1 win away at Norwich City, but were made to sweat for the three points at Carrow Road.
The home side looked dangerous and even had a goal disallowed as they pushed to level the scores at 2-1, prior to Yohan Cabaye’s late strike – on his Eagles debut.
Delaney is hopeful that if Palace can show the same grit and determination needed to grind out the result against the Canaries last weekend, then they can cause the Gunners problems this Sunday.
“It’s going to be a good test,” he said. “But I’m sure if we can show the same resilience we showed at Norwich against Arsenal, then we’ll give them a good run for their money.”
The full video interview with Delaney, in which he discusses why he joined Palace three years ago, how he’s grown with the club and more, is now available for free at eagles.cpfc.co.uk.