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Arsenal enter the new season with a growing sense of optimism as Arsene Wenger looks to lead his side to their first English Premier League title since 2004.

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While Wenger has dithered and hesitated to make early moves in the transfer market over the past few years, none of that was on show this summer as Arsenal brought in Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina.

There is a much more settled look about this Arsenal team now, with the North London side finally getting that monkey off their backs with the FA Cup triumph last season.

Arsenal were also quite impressive in the Community Shield against Manchester City last Sunday, easing past the defending Premier League champions 3-0, and if that is a sign of things to come, this could certainly be their year.

"Winning a title always makes things easier," Santi Cazorla told the club's official website. "I could feel a change of mentality in the team after winning the FA Cup. After nine years without winning a trophy, there was heavy pressure on the team and on the club's shoulders.

"That switch of spirit was shown in the Community Shield -- the team played with a more relaxed feeling as our victory in the FA Cup released the pressure.

"We only needed to believe in ourselves. If there was something we were lacking during the nine years, it was self-belief. Once you manage to lift a title, then you feel you can do it again.

"We all wanted to win titles but for some reason we couldn't. Luckily now we have managed to do it and that changed our mentality."

Mentality will be key for Arsenal in the big matches, the ones they stumbled in miserably last season, and eventually saw them lose their grip on the title. However, first in line, of course is Palace, who are in shambles at the moment after seeing their inspirational manager Tony Pulis leave on Thursday owing to differences of opinion over the club's transfer policy.

"It was a complete surprise to me and what kind of consequence that will have on Crystal Palace, I don't know," Wenger said about Pulis' exit.

"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 [for the opening game of the Premier League]."

It will be quite difficult for Palace to pick themselves up from that big blow and if Arsenal play anything like they did against Manchester City, then their fellow Londoners could be in for a long day.

"We had a brief meeting this morning and I told the players Tony loved working with them," caretaker manager Keith Millen said. "Confidence-wise, it shouldn't affect us at all.

"It's not ideal -- we were saying how well preseason had gone, we had a near enough fully-fit squad -- but now we've lost a manager. So it's going to be tough, but we're organised. It's not like I've come in and tried to drastically change what we are doing.

"I know the fans will be upset and probably annoyed, but we can't let it distract us from going to the Emirates tomorrow. We have to focus purely on the Arsenal game, both physically and mentally. When we do that, we are a match for any team."

Key men: Arsenal: Everything about Arsenal at the moment seems to begin and end with Aaron Ramsey, who scored a peach of a goal against City. Sanchez will also be keen to make an early impression on his Premier League debut, as will Debuchy and Chambers.

Crystal Palace: Marouane Chamakh will want to make an impact against his former side, but much will depend on just how this side react to Pulis leaving the club.

Team news: Arsenal: The World Cup winners Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski will not be considered for selection after only returning to training on Monday. Theo Walcott, Ryo Miyaichi and Serge Gnabry are sidelined, along with new signing Ospina. Abou Diaby, though, could feature along with Laurent Koscielny, who picked up an Achilles injury on Sunday.

Crystal Palace: Damien Delaney, Adrian Mariappa and Jonathan Williams are doubtful, while the likes of Brede Hangeland, Fraizer Campbell and Martin Kelly could all make their debuts.

Expected lineups: Arsenal: Szczesny; Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta; Sanchez, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla; Giroud.

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Kelly, Hangeland, Delaney, Ward; Puncheon, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie; Chamakh, Campbell.

Prediction: 3-0 to Arsenal

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