Crystal Palace manager Patrick Viera has revealed his shock at being the last Arsenal captain to lift the Premier League trophy.
Palace will be up against Arsenal on Monday with a win set to take them back to fourth place as they seek to return to Champions League football since 2017.
Viera thinks that his former club would have been challenging for the league title after their triumph in 2004.
Asked if he would have believed Arsenal would not lift another league title for almost two decades, Vieira admitted: “Not really, because during that period of time I thought Arsenal would be challenging more for the titles.”
While Arsenal has become under scrutiny in recent years, Viera defended them saying that the likes of Man City and Liverpool have made it hard for other teams to win the silverware.
“Now, maybe it is more competitive with Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea. You look at the spending of those teams and that has to be part of it if you want to challenge for the title.
“I don’t know what Arsenal are prepared to do but of course, the possibility to do it is there. There is a cycle where City was the team and now there is Liverpool and Chelsea. Manchester United I believe will be there to challenge so there are five teams capable of winning the Premier League.
“It is important for Arsenal to get to the Champions League because of the stature of the football club,” Viera added.
Vieira will be hoping Palace can upset his former club on Monday night with a win set to send them into the top ten.