Morning all.

Having been 3-1 up against Southampton with just over fifteen minutes to go, Tottenham ended up drawing 3-3. Antonio Conte went into meltdown in his ten minute post match press conference. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth watching just for it’s entertainment value.

I’m not used to seeing this type of situation. I see a lot of selfish players and I don’t see a team. We are 11 players that go into the pitch. I see selfish players, I see players that don’t want to help each other and don’t put their heart [in]. They are used to it here, they are used to it. They don’t play for something important here. They don’t want to play under pressure, they don’t want to play under stress.

Tottenham’s story is this – 20 years there is this owner and they never won something. Why?The fault is only for the club, or for every manager that stay here. I have seen the managers that Tottenham had on the bench. You risk to disrupt the figure of the manager and to protect the other situation in every moment.

Brutal, honest, embarrassing but hilarious in my opinion. Such comments which should never be made publicly. I’ll be amazed if Conte is still the Totts manager on the 1st April let alone the last day of the season but perhaps that’s what he wants. The sack.

In the FA Cup yesterday, Man City battered a Burnley team which is highly likely to be playing Premier League football next season. 6-0 including another hat-trick for Haaland. The more fixtures City play, the better.

The only Premier League fixture today is ours against Crystal Palace and it kind of feels like a big moment in our season. A win before an international break is always important but after Thursday’s Europa League Cup exit, this group of players need to make sure they don’t let the disappointment affect the rest of this campaign.

Crystal Palace sacked Patrick Vieira this week, a crazy decision in my opinion, so under 21 manager Paddy McCarthy will be in the dugout after having just a couple days to work with the squad. Palace haven’t won a game in 2023 but it’d be foolhardy to believe this in any way reflects the quality of players at the club.

Only once this year have Palace been beaten by more than one clear goal and that was against Tottenham. Man City, Utd, Chelsea, Brighton and Aston Villa only managed to score one goal. Newcastle didn’t manage that and neither did Liverpool. Their last match was was away against Brighton, another 1-0 defeat but only because they couldn’t convert any of their eleven shots at Brighton’s goal. The story of their season really and let’s not forget that it wasn’t that long ago we needed a very late goal to secure a point against Palace at The Emirates. Yes we’ve beaten them since but…

Paddy McCarthy on Arsenal:

We’ll try and implement an aggressive style out of possession in different ways. We’ll look to be aggressive when we don’t have the ball, and we’ll look to progress the ball up the pitch in possession. That obviously said, we’ve only got a short amount of time to implement a few ideas, so I don’t want to flood the players with too much information. But ultimately, at this football club, part of our identity is that we’re aggressive out of possession, and certainly quick and fast in the attacking third.

The officials for this match are: Referee: Stuart Attwell Assistants: Lee Betts, James Mainwaring Fourth official: Andy Madley VAR: Darren England and Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis.

Crystal Palace haven’t lost at The Emirates for a while. The last four being three draws and a win. McCarthy could be without both of his senior goalkeepers so 19 year old Joe Whitworth could start. Sambi Lokonga is illegible to play.

Eddie Nketiah and Mo Elneny are still recovering from injury and both Takehiro Tomiyasu and William Saliba are expected to miss today’s game too.

I’m sure we’d all prefer to see William Saliba alongside Gabriel but I think it’ll be Rob Holding. I suspect the rest of the team will be the same as the one which blew Fulham away last weekend. Perhaps if there is change, it’ll be Gabriel Jesus in for Gabriel Martinelli with Leandro Trossard playing on the left – after all, the latter played 120 minutes of football on Thursday night. Talking of Thursday, we cannot afford to start today’s game in the same fashion as we did against Sporting. We’re the home team, come out of the blocks with intent and don’t allow a good defensive team, time to settle. Otherwise it’s going to be a long and frustrating 90 odd minutes.

As Mike Arteta said on Thursday night, we now have eleven cup finals to play. Not literally of course but I know what he meant. We all do.

Catch up in the comments.