Arsene Wenger and his men will go into their league opener of the season against Crystal Palace in high spirit following their FA Community Shield triumph over Manchester City.
Although the match against Crystal Palace at the Emirates stadium this weekend is expected to be a good test for the Gunners’ season campaign, But in twist of event, the Gunners have been given an edge going into the game tomorrow as recent reports have revealed that Palace boss – Tony Pulis has left the club which he led to considerable success last season.
Arsène Wenger says Tony Pulis’ departure from Crystal Palace has come as a “complete surprise” to him.
The 56-year-old left Selhurst Park by mutual consent on Thursday evening, less than 48 hours before the Eagles take on Arsenal in their Premier League opener.
Wenger has been taken aback by the news, especially after Pulis led Palace to an 11th-placed finish last season after taking charge in November.
“It was a complete surprise to me and what kind of consequence that will have on Crystal Palace, I don’t know,” the manager said.
“The only thing we can do is prepare ourselves to face a tough opponent and I think the importance of the game, plus the fact that it’s the first game of the season, means Crystal Palace will be focused and motivated.
“[Pulis] did a remarkable job last season and he made a miracle. I don’t really know why he left but it took me by surprise.
“You can always be surprised. I was at a manager’s meeting on Monday with Tony Pulis and nothing indicated that he would not be here [on Saturday].”
The Gunner will be looking to take full advantage of tomorrow’s game following this development, As Wenger will look to get the season running, putting up a flying display at the Emirates tomorrow when his side plays their first home league match of the season.