Vieira: Arsenal progress under Arteta no surprise

Vieira: Arsenal progress under Arteta no surprise

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira says he is not surprised by Arsenal’s progression under Mikel Arteta this season.

The Gunners head to Selhurst Park on Monday night harbouring strong ambitions of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

With six victories from their last seven outings, Arsenal are fourth in the Premier League table.

Arteta’s men hold a three-point buffer to fifth-placed Tottenham, having played a game fewer than their north London rivals.

"I’m not surprised about the way they’re playing and the way they’re progressing," said Vieira, who won three league titles with the Gunners.

"They have a good squad, a good manager and they have a clear idea about how they want to play the game.

"Mikel went through a difficult period but he managed to keep his calm and his cool. All credit to him, and the work he has been doing and the results he has had lately have been really positive.

"They’re playing with a lot of confidence and that confidence is a massive difference. It will be challenging for us but we’re in a really good period, too."