Arsenal vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Patrick Vieira returns to the Emirates with Crystal Palace as he faces off with fellow former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta
Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta face off in opposing dug outs at the Emirates tonight but are united by their proud history as trophy-winning former Arsenal captains.
The Gunners boss prepares for the first of back-to-back weeknight home games with a relatively clean bill of health for the first time this term, although Granit Xhaka remains out of action until after Christmas.
Arsenal suffered a slow and rather painful start to the season but a win tonight would be their fourth in five league games, suggesting Arteta’s reign is finally gaining momentum.
Former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira heads to the Emirates to face his old club with Crystal Palace
Meanwhile, Vieira leads his new team against his old club and the Arsenal legend’s presence adds an extra layer of tension to the occasion.
Palace have been a thorn in the Gunners’ side in recent years as Arsenal have won just one of the last six Premier League meetings between the two sides and the Eagles could look to go toe-to-toe tonight under their new regime.
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