Sights on Palace

Arsenal look to return to winning ways on Saturday as they take a trip across the capital to face Crystal Palace after an unlucky midweek defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

A dominant second-half performance from Wenger’s side was not enough to push through a win, with a decisive and somewhat debatable counter-attacking goal coming from Lewandowski.

Fans will once again look towards superstars Ozil and Ramsey to retain prime position at the top of the table.

Good luck Gunners.

Opening day sees Emirates Stadium welcome Aston Villa

With fixtures released earlier today, Aston Villa will be the first Premier League team to visit the Emirates Stadium in the 2013/14 season. Spurs follow-up just two weeks later in what promises to be yet another fiery encounter. Full fixture list below:

August

Sat 18 | Aston Villa | H

Sat 24 | Fulham | A

Sat 31 | Tottenham Hotspur | H

September

Sat 14 | Sunderland | A

Sat 21 | Stoke City | H

Sat 28 | Swansea City | A

October

Sat 5 | West Bromwich Albion | A

Sat 19 | Norwich City | H

Sat 26 | Crystal Palace | A

November

Sat 2 | Liverpool | H

Sat 9 | Manchester United | A

Sat 23 | Southampton | H

Sat 30 | Cardiff City | A

December

Tue 3 | Hull City | H

Sat 7 | Everton | H

Sat 14 | Manchester City | A

Sat 21 | Chelsea | H

Thur 26 | West Ham United | A

Sat 28 | Newcastle United | A

January

Wed 1 | Cardiff City | H

Sat 11 | Aston Villa | A

Sat 18 | Fulham | H

Tue 28 | Southampton | A

February

Sat 1 | Crystal Palace | H

Sat 8 | Liverpool | A

Tue 11 | Manchester United | H

Sat 22 | Sunderland | H

March

Sat 1 | Stoke City | A

Sat 8 | Swansea City | H

Sat 15 | Tottenham Hotspur | A

Sat 22 | Chelsea | A

Sat 29 | Manchester City | H

April

Sat 5 | Everton | A

Sat 12 | West Ham United | H

Sat 19 | Hull City | A

Sat 26 | Newcastle United | H

May

Sat 3 | West Bromwich Albion | H

Sun 11 | Norwich City | A

Wenger ranked 29th in managerial league table

In a league table of managers, BBC Sport has released rankings of how managers are performing this season.

Ferguson has taken the top spot with a points-per game total of 2.48. Wenger ranks much differently, with 1.64 points-per-game ranking him just 29th; a poor show from the Arsenal boss.

#1 – Alex Ferguson

#4 – Roberto Mancini

#8 – Roberto Di Matteo

#19 – Andre Villas-Boas

#22 – Rafael Benitez

#23 – David Moyes

#29 – Arsene Wenger

The full table can be accessed on the BBC Sport website.

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A wanted man – David Villa

Arsenal target David Villa seems to be in high demand after reports now suggest Manchester City are in for the Barcelona striker with Balotelli now heading to the San Siro to join up with AC Milan.

Whilst the playing style of Arsenal would much better suit Villa, the opportunity to win trophies at City would outweigh the decision, not to mention the bottomless pit of money offered at the Manchester side.

Villa’s experience could offer a lot to a struggling Arsenal of recent. His goalscoring ability too, would be of much need to bolster an already impressive attacking display of talent; think strength in-depth (the vital ingredient to success).

Whether Barcelona are ready to part with Villa and whether Wenger and the board are ready to part with cash is yet to be seen, but hope can remain for now in the Arsenal camp.

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Target: Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa

Montpellier central defender, Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa, was scheduled last night to have a medical at Newcastle – only he didn’t turn up. This puts more speculation into the story, one with gaining momentum.

Mbiwa

If he wasn’t at Newcastle, where was he? With a late offer from Wenger, it is believed the Montpellier man has delayed any more progress with Newcastle to start proceedings with Arsenal.

Giroud’s previous association with Montpellier and M’Biwa could become a turning point, with the Frenchman keen to link up with his fellow compatriot once again.

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