Eagles skipper looking to repeat last season's efforts ahead of Arsenal opener

Mile Jedinak in action against the Gunners at Selhurst Park last October. Picture by Keith Gillard.

Mile Jedinak in action against the Gunners at Selhurst Park last October. Picture by Keith Gillard.

First published in Sport

By Jack Miller

Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak has his sights set on Premier League survival again this season ahead of Saturday’s opener at Arsenal.

The Eagles travel to the Emirates for the tea-time kick-off, looking to start this campaign as they ended the last.

Palace managed five wins and two draws from their final eight games, and Jedinak hopes Tony Pulis’ side can reignite that form early on this season.

He said: “It’s hard to say where this squad can go this year. We have not set ourselves too many goals.

“We’re still a relatively new squad in the Premier League so first and foremost it has to be about staying up and building on last year.

“We finished the season strongly, so trying to take off from there would be ideal.”

Jedinak added: “Then it’s just about trying to keep our consistency at that level, and producing those performances week in, week out.

“Hopefully that does get us into a better position than last year but it’s going to be very difficult.”

Crystal Palace are looking to build on their 11th place finish and have bolstered the squad with new signings.

Striker Fraizer Campbell and experienced centre-back Brede Hangeland have joined from relegated Cardiff City and Fulham, while Pulis has also secured the long-term services of Marouane Chamakh after a successful first season at Selhurst Park.

Campbell scored a hat-trick on his debut at Forest Green Rovers, while Chamakh found the net in the recent pre-season defeat at Brentford.

Jedinak has welcomed the new faces and believes they have reinvigorated everyone in the squad.

He said: “We’ve lost a few players so it’s been great to get a couple of guys in so far and have them on board.

“It’s really livened up the place and everyone’s really excited by it.

“The new boys are looking to put their best foot forward for the club and that’s all we can ask for.”

Jedinak added: “It’s great for Fraizer to be settling in.

“He’d only had one session with us ahead of the Forest Green game, but he fits right in and hopefully more goals will come straight away.

“Brede is very, very experienced and you can see that immediately.

“You can see his intelligence on the pitch so he’s another great one to have around.

“The sooner we see him on the park the better. 

“He’s been away from the game for a while but we are delighted to have him.”

Follow @NewsShopperSprt on Twitter for live updates from Arsenal v Crystal Palace on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm)

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