Arsenal predicted XI vs Crystal Palace as Pepe returns but Sambi Lokonga misses out

Arsenal are going somewhat under the radar at the moment and that’s just the way they will like it.

After the media hurricane that was the first month of the Premier League season, conditions have calmed significantly around the Emirates, and the Gunners have gone from a position of looking over their shoulders to just starting to optimistically look towards the horizon.

Having registered ten points in the four games between the last two international breaks Mikel Arteta’s side face a sequence of games before players next go off with their countries in November that could see them well on their way to a European push.

The Eagles are a familiar foe at this point after eight seasons in the top flight, but their current incarnation under Patrick Vieira has the potential to fly higher than ever before.

The Frenchman has quietly set about changing the way his side play from their staling style under Roy Hodgson to a more possession-based approach that has been buttressed by a series of shrewd acquisitions in the transfer market.