Jamie Carragher says Arsenal can’t afford defeat at Crystal Palace

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Arsenal travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher says an Arsenal loss at Crystal Palace would be psychologically damaging in their bid to win the Premier League title this season, the Daily Mail report.

The Gunners experienced a wonder pre-season campaign, and coupled with the signing of Petr Cech and the Community Shield win over Chelsea, optimism was at an all-time high.

However, a surprising 2-0 opening day defeat at home to West Ham United has dampened the mood somewhat and a number of doubts have been raised once more of the club’s winning mentality.

On Sunday, they head to an ever-improving Crystal Palace side under pressure to perform and Carragher feels a loss could be a massive psychological blow more than anything.

“Thirty-six matches offer plenty of time to put things right but besides the defeats and dropped points, another defeat [at Palace] would be a huge psychological blow to a team that are fragile and still trying to believe they have what it takes to mount a serious title challenge,” he explained.

Implications of a loss:

Aside from gaining zero points and potentially being six points behind both Manchester City and Manchester United at this early stage, the pressure will start to mount on the players.

After Palace, the Gunners play Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United in their ensuing six matches and they need to face their rivals in high spirits and with a positive frame of mind.

Their form towards the back end of last season was as good as anyone in England but a halt in momentum and a lack of belief could prove disastrous even at this early stage of the season.

As the saying goes, you can't win the title in August and September but you certainly can lose it.

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