Arsenal v Palace: Last Opportunity to Watch a Giant in Action

Arsenal v Crystal Palace – May 19, 2021

Roy Hodgson has announced that he will be retiring at the end of this season. His name has been synonymous with football for as long as I can rememember he has managed 22 teams including the Engand 1st team and the under 23’s.

Respect is an overused word but it’s impossible to talk about Roy Hogdson without realising that he is one of the of the most respected managers in English and European football.

Announcement

Manager Roy Hodgson will leave Crystal Palace when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The 73-year-old former England boss said “the time is right to step away from the rigours of top-flight Premier League football”.Hodgson has been in charge of Palace since September 2017.

His final match will be against Liverpool, one of his former clubs, at Anfield on Sunday.

“It’s been a particularly rewarding period of my football life and career to have been able to spend these last four seasons with Palace,” said Hodgson, whose last game at Selhurst Park will be against Arsenal on Wednesday.

“I feel now that at the end of another successful season, in which we have secured our Premier League status, the moment is right for me to step down from my responsibilities of being a full-time manager.

“I have had so much support from my wife and family throughout my career and I have been contemplating this decision for some time, and now I believe the time is right to consider them and to see what the future holds for me.”

Hodgson, who supported Palace as a child, replaced Frank de Boer as manager with the club bottom of the Premier League having lost their first four matches of the season without scoring a goal.

Despite losing his first three games in charge, Hodgson guided Palace to an 11th-place finish They have finished 12th and 14th in subsequent seasons and are currently 13th with two games remaining.

“It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work alongside Roy, who is both a magnificent human and an outstanding football manager,” said Palace chairman Steve Parish. I know how much it has meant to Roy managing the club he supported as a child, adding to his distinguished and unparalleled career in football management. His record with us simply cannot be overstated, he is the only Palace manager to secure four years in the Premier League and he has helped give us stability in the most turbulent of times.”We will be forever grateful for his immense contribution.”

 FromToRecord 
PWDLWin %
Halmstads BK1 January 197630 September 198013052453340.0 
Bristol City3 January 198230 April 198221351314.3 
Örebro1 January 198330 June 1984482415950.0 
Malmö14 April 198515 November 198916598382959.4 
Neuchâtel Xamax1 July 199031 December 19916726241738.8 
Switzerland26 January 199215 November 19954121101051.2 
Inter16 October 199519 May 19978940262344.9 
Blackburn Rovers1 June 199721 November 19986322182334.9 
Inter27 April 199930 June 1999620433.3 
Grasshoppers2 August 199930 June 20003414101041.2 
Copenhagen1 July 200030 June 2001331712451.5 
Udinese21 June 200110 December 20011775541.2 
U.A.E.11 April 200230 April 200420110.0 
Viking11 July 200420 December 20055023111646.0 
Finland1 July 200629 November 20071567240.0 
Fulham30 December 20071 July 201012850324639.1 
Liverpool1 July 20108 January 201131139941.9 
West Bromwich Albion14 February 201114 May 20125420132137.0 
England14 May 201227 June 2016563315858.9 
England U2113 August 201313 August 20131100100.0 
Crystal Palace12 September 2017Present16054386833.8 
Total1,21152633435143.4 

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Message from TA: I have no time today, but also no idea, for a starting-11. So I invite you to predict the starting-11 or give your favourite one…

32 thoughts on “Arsenal v Palace: Last Opportunity to Watch a Giant in Action

  • Here’s my three-pennies worth,
    Leno
    Chambers
    Holding
    Mari
    Tierney

    Partey
    Ceballos

    Saka
    Odegaard
    Pepe

    Aubameyang

  • We’ve checked-in with our medical team ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace.

    Hector Bellerin
    Left lower leg. Hector sustained bruising to the bone in the lower leg during last week’s match at Chelsea and continues to be reviewed. Hector is unavailable for Wednesday’s match, but is working hard with the medical team ahead of Sunday’s match against Brighton.

    David Luiz
    Left hamstring. David continues to make progress since sustaining the injury at Newcastle on May 2. David is unavailable for Wednesday’s match, but is working hard with the medical team ahead of Sunday’s match against Brighton.

    Granit Xhaka
    Left groin. Granit has returned to full training and is being assessed regarding his availability for Wednesday’s match.

    As part of Premier League protocol, all members of our first team squad and support staff continue to be regularly tested for COVID-19.

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  • Kev,

    I like your choices but if Xhaka proves to be fit enough I would use him in mid field and not Ceba.

  • GN5, I was gonna put Elneny alongside Partey but I wonder how Palace will approach the game, will they sit back and look to hit on the break? Ceballos can maybe get in among them more than Mo.

    But yeah, if Granit is fit he has to play.

  • I’d be really pleased if Balogun and Azzez make the bench, we need to be looking towards next season.

    Leeds winning could mean Arsenal finishing 10th this season, although whether it’s 8th or 10th it irrelevant to our season at this point.

    I really don’t want the Conference and it’s looking likely that we won’t make it and I’m happy with that.

  • Thank you all for posting your final EPL predictions of the season.

    Yesterday I completed the full audit of the season, I found a few errors in my data input – they were not major, but could make a difference in the final score depending on this weeks choices.

  • A nice touch, GN5. Roy Hodgson is a giant of the game in many respects and is one manager (along with Bobby Robson) who has flown the English flag in Europe, going outside the comforts of the domestic game. He also has a great personality, evidently and leaves his mark on teams he’s coached.

    At 73, I imagine it is a good time to retire and leave the scene of football management. Hopefully, he has a stint as a Director at Palace or some other club.

  • Kev, I like your line up too, but think we may just go with the same front four we started with vs Chelsea – Odegaard, ESR, Saka and Auba. In midfield, every chance Xhaka starts, if he is fit but I would not do so at this stage of the season when he may have his head at the beaches already, or some other holiday destination.

    Pepe, may start only as a counter-effect to Zaha being on their left. We would see. If Pepe starts, I expect it to be ESR starting over Odegaard.

    My expected line up will be…..

    Leno, Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka/Ceballos, Saka, Odegaard, ESR, Auba.
    Subs: Ryan, Mari, Cedric, Xhaka/Ceballos, Pepe, Laca, Balogun.

  • Bergkamp joining premier league hall of fame now after Lampard?? What a shame he should have been inducted in the fi at batch. He was a class above the rest in pure footballing technique and artistry. You have to wonder who sits in judgement on this nominations and what’s thier footballing pedigree. Rediculous.

  • Leno
    21
    Chambers
    16
    Holding
    6
    Gabriel
    3
    Tierney
    18
    Partey
    25
    Elneny
    7
    Saka
    32
    E. Smith Rowe
    19
    Pepe
    14
    Aubameyang (c)

    Substitutes
    33
    Ryan
    17
    Cédric Soares
    22
    Mari
    34
    Xhaka
    8
    Ceballos
    11
    Odegaard
    12
    Willian
    9
    Lacazette
    35
    Martinelli

  • Leno
    21
    Chambers
    16
    Holding
    6
    Gabriel
    3
    Tierney
    18
    Partey
    25
    Elneny
    7
    Saka
    32
    E. Smith Rowe
    19
    Pepe
    14
    Aubameyang (c)

    Substitutes
    33
    Ryan
    17
    Cédric Soares
    22
    Mari
    34
    Xhaka
    8
    Ceballos
    11
    Odegaard
    12
    Willian
    9
    Lacazette
    35
    Martinelli

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  • I think we could have had Balogun on the bench, but safety first I suppose although why we need four midfielders on he bench I’m not really sure?

    Benteke with an elbow to the face of Elneny and Elneny gets a yellow card, it’s all very confusing to me and Peter Walton the referee expert on BT Sport is as biased as we’ve come to expect so no clarity from those quarters, the holding and obstruction in the box at corners is endemic but referees are cowards these days. Maybe they don’t want to offend anyone?

  • Good win, even if a bit against the overall run of play (read chances created, attempted shots and goal opportunities). But, a win is a win is a win. We would take that.

    We gave ourselves a chance to vie for 6th place till West Ham scored their second goal and went on to win it. Now, the only chance for Europe we have is 7th place. And that may not be if results don’t go for us. We left our surge a bit too late. Hopefully, the next season will see us a better team.

  • Agree, the reffing was turdish in quality. The three goals a joy. Saka’s sublime back heel, Tierney’s pin point cross and Pepe’s Auba/Cruyff type volley. Martin’s Ozilesque cross and Gabriel’s boundless enthusiasm. Pepe’s waltz. And don’t you just love Callum Chambers? His and Tierney’s crossing was a high point of the game. Everton and Spuds have tough last games. Let’s hope St Totteringham’s Day looms this weekend.
    Thanks GN5 for honouring Roy H. What an astonishing career.

  • I missed the opening few minutes and I think that Schlupp was lucky to stay on the pitch, over the top stamp on Chambers was a red card in my book. I reckon the officials didn’t want to spoil Hodgson’s last home match with a red card, it’s all I can think other than being dishonest or plain incompetent.

    A mixed bag but a well earned win.

  • Well that was hard to watch but well taken goals. We still.dont have enough shots on goal and too much of prancing around the final third. We could if we win the final game are more closer to top 6 and 4 han we thought. It’s again a learning that league mentality is that you play every game as a cup final and a chance tk accumulate points and move up the table. I dont think we had that mentality. It’s clearly down to Arteta and I have always said Arteta has failed in the #1 principle of management which is to get the best out of the squad and make them greater than sum of parts. This squad is better than 60 points. Next season we have to have a target of 35 points for each half of league games. Unless you strive to get it with a target in mind then we will again fall short. Looks like from Dec 26th we would be close to getting 45+ points which means the first half was so bad. It’s lal down to Arteta and no excuses next time. If we are not at 35 points next season by Christmas Arteta has to go.

  • Some fine comments, guys.

    I like your poetic descriptions, Stuart, including the word Turdish 😁

    Kev, the referees were bottling it big style. Maybe having a crowd there and yes RH’s departure played a role.

  • Madhu,

    I like to think it is a positive that Arsenal have done so well since Christmas and that Arteta deserves a lot of credit for it. We are a work in progress and profession is being made.

    CP were set up to beat us on the counter and made it hard to attack them. But I thought the boys did well to create openings and not succumb to the counter threat, so for me only positives today.

  • Did you guys check the comments from Bergkamp on Takeover bid. He is insisting that the take over should happen. Seems like more pressure is piled on publicly by ex players on Kroenkes to sell. Interesting times.

  • I didn’t see the comments Madhu but it was always going to be a long drawn out thing with stuff going on behind the scenes, it’s not wise to discuss takeovers in the public domain.

  • Yes Total, it’ll be interesting to watch the referee dynamics with the crowd now as they grow in numbers.

    My son told me that Arsenal are offering season ticket holders the option of another one year holiday but he wants to renew for next season, the mad emotional fool. 😁

    Do you reckon that you’ll get over to Easter Road for the visit of the Gunners this July?

  • It would be wonderful to have a billionaire Arsenal supporter with the backing of some of our great players to become the owner of our famous club – but all we can do is wish and hope.That is “Wish and Hope’ for the new management team can become overwhelming with the use of the internet, on the streets, and around the stadium.

    Expressed supporter dissatisfaction with the Kronke’s can go a long way to persuaded them to sell – but it must be remembered that ONLY the almighty dollar means anything to them. In my opinion the the love they express for Arsenal is nothing more than a sham to get more money out of the sale..

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