Alan Pardew has a warning for Arsenal

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League this weekend.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew believes that strike duo Connor Wickham and Emmanuel Adebayor have the ability to terrorise Premier League defences, the London Evening Standard reports.

Arsenal head into the match having drawn 3-3 with West Ham United last weekend, a game which highlighted their defensive vulnerability as Andy Carroll netted a hat-trick.

The Gunners simply could not live with the England international striker’s power in the air, and this weekend they will face a similar test from Palace as Pardew’s men love to get the ball wide.

Speaking ahead of the encounter, the Palace boss warned his upcoming opponents that his strike partnership have the size, power and pace to really make a difference.

“Players of that size, power and pace can terrorise defences. And that's what we want Connor (Wickham) and Ade (Adebayor) to do for us,” Pardew told the London Evening Standard.

“Connor's had some terrific games for us but just not enough of them. We've really missed his presence at times, we took Adebayor in the last window because we were struggling to get Connor on the pitch.”

Arsenal have long had problems when dealing with physical approaches, and Palace boss Pardew has on occasions got the better of Wenger in a way which has riled the Frenchman.

Adebayor and Wickham, if they both start at the Emirates, will cause plenty of problems for the Arsenal defence, but the Eagles’ main source of threat will come from their pace and trickery on the wings.

The Gunners failed to stop West Ham from putting crosses into the box, and they cannot afford to do the same when Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha pick the ball up in wide areas.

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