Jedinak targets Arsenal clash as EPL return

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak is hopeful of returning to club duty with Crystal Palace against Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Eagles captain has played since the Asian Cup final against South Korea on January 31, meaning he is yet to feature under new Palace manager Alan Pardew.

Sitting on the sidelines doesn't suit the combative 30-year-old, who has a chance of being involved against Arsene Wenger's men at Selhurst Park this weekend.

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"We'll just have to wait and see if I play against Arsenal, but at this stage it is going really well," he told Sky Sports.

"I'm not the best of watchers. When you have to go to a game and watch your team, I'm not the best at that, but it is what it is.

"I'm there and I support my team-mates. It's been great to feel the buzz around here. I'm itching to get back out there and be involved in that first hand." 

Palace have performed well following Pardew's arrival from Newcastle, the former Eagles player guiding the team to three wins, one draw and a just one defeat from five league games since taking charge.

"Obviously that speaks for itself. It's a fantastic achievement. It's fantastic doing that so soon after coming in," Jedinak said of the new manager.

"But it's no surprise. And I'm saying that on the back of being here just a week. I can see the way things are done here

"But the way that everyone's responded, obviously it's helped that we've got the results on the field and we've picked up some points, and that’s been driven by the manager," he said. 

"Everyone here has had to step up and that's a very encouraging thing."