Patrick Vieira is proud: Having a clean sheet against Arsenal is amazing
Patrick Vieira insisted that his Crystal Palace players were not out for revenge against Arsenal after suffering a last-gasp leveller in the reverse fixture at Emirates Stadium in October.
Alexandre Lacazette stunned Palace when his scrappy goal with the last kick of the game denied them all three points.
Legendary former Arsenal skipper Vieira, who won three Premier League titles with the Gunners between 1998 and 2004 and is destined to take over from Mikel Arteta one day, had a smile as big as the Eiffel Tower on his face after the game.
But he played down claims that the nature of their high-octane display early on had its roots in the concession of that late strike nearly six months ago.
Asked by Capital Football, if it played a key role in the way he set up his team to attack, Vieira said: " No, it's just the team is in a better place at this stage. I think we managed the game in a really good way.
"At 2-0, they had possession and a couple of situations but we didn't concede the goal. We went the other side and we had this opportunity where we scored the penalty and we managed the game really well.
"Having a clean sheet against Arsenal is a really good performance."