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Pardew Predicts Tough Game At Arsenal

15 April 2016

Alan Pardew is expecting a difficult game against Arsenal on Sunday, as Palace look to continue their unbeaten April after a poor 2016 in the Premier League.

"Arsenal is a game where we gave a good account of ourselves in the home tie and we can get something here," he said. "We need to try to put that on the surface at the Emirates.

"It's [going to be] difficult. They've got good players, in fact he's got great players and he's a great manager of course," Pardew continued, when asked about his record against Arsene Wenger.

"I think just recently my run against him has been poor, in terms of results, but there's been some very, very tight games. Very, very close.

"Our home game against them was very, very tight, so you can only put your best display on. It's difficult to win at the Emirates - I think they've only lost their three times this year - so, tough agenda.

"We're looking forward to it," he added. "We've got a bit of a bounce back in our step after our recent run of results and our performances. Since West Brom our performances have been strong, we deserve perhaps a few more points if I'm honest. But okay, we are where we are."

Asked about the situation at Arsenal currently, Pardew replied: "They have some new players coming into the game, which has shaken it up a little bit. Couple of fresh faces out of the academy and from where they purchase young players and bring them into the team - they've done very well.

"So there are a few unfamiliar names to our guys, possibly, but they will be familiar after the game!"

To watch the manager's full pre-match press conference CLICK HERE.

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