The second international break of the season is finally drawing to a close.
The Premier League will get back in action this weekend after a two-week hiatus, with Arsenal hosting Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.
Former Invincible Patrick Vieira will return to face his old side in a highly-anticipated clash as the Gunners bid to continue their climb up the league table.
Mikel Arteta’s side endured a torrid start to the season, failing to score a single goal in the opening three matchdays, losing all three in the process.
However, the former Manchester City assistant coach has since steadied the ship, clinching 1-0 victories against Norwich City and Burnley before defeating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 thanks to a stunning first-half display that saw them take a 3-0 lead in the first 35 minutes.
The Gunners followed this up with a 0-0 draw against Brighton but Arsenal’s fanbase remains optimistic going into the match against the Eagles, who have looked like a promising side under Vieira’s stewardship.
Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher has arguably been their best player so far this campaign and the England Under-21 international has previously paid homage to Hale End graduate Emile Smith Rowe, admitting that the silky playmaker dominated the game during an Under-18s fixture a few years back.
“In terms of reputation it would be Wayne Rooney,” Gallagher told Swansea’s official website when asked who the best player he’d faced was back in April 2020.
“But I remember in the FA Youth Cup Under-18s, Emile Smith Rowe gave me the runaround so that’s a game that sticks out to me.”
Smith Rowe has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the last 12 months.
The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the first names on Arteta’s teamsheet and starred during the aforementioned north London derby win against Spurs, scoring the opener before proving club-captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a delightful assist for the second goal.
Source by Football London