Arsene Wenger is looking for more aggression from his players today as they look to bounce back from the opening day defeat to West Ham.
The manager suggested his team can be a bit ‘too nice’ at times, and wants to see more fight from them at Selhurst Park this afternoon.
“Sometimes, we are maybe too nice,” he said. “If you want to say our aggression level against West Ham was not big enough, then I would agree with you.
“It is always about how you respond and our game is hugely important. We just need to be at our best and produce a different performance.”
He also believes that the performance and the result were not really representative of the quality of the team.
“We had a good continuity before the end of the season and we think that our cohesive aspect has been maintained.
“It’s not one game that should change our ambition, our objective – we just want to continue to come back to our best level.”
However, he warned that the increased money in the Premier League, which allows teams like Crystal Palace to buy players from giants like PSG, means the level of the so-called lesser teams will improve, something that the established ‘big boys’ will have to contend with.
“They will get closer on a technical level to our level so it will not be so much an opposition of style,” he said.
“They will all raise their level on the technical front, so these teams now have more players who can decide a game.
“Every mistake you make you can be punished.”
And don’t we know it.