Crystal Palace may have lost to Arsenal on the opening weekend, but the Eagles displayed a grit and determination that often characterise teams managed by Tony Pulis whenever faced with superior opposition. So cutthroat is the competition that as many as ten Premier League teams are contenders for relegation this season and given their performances last season, Palace will surely be included on that list. Last season, Palace conceded 48 league goals. 25 of those goals came between August and October, during Ian Holloway's time in charge. From November to May, the club conceded only 23, posting a better defensive record than Liverpool, who let in 50. That was down to the work Tony Pulis had put into the team. As Arsene Wenger - who would've been Pulis' opposite number if he'd been at the Emirates on Saturday evening - said, the Welshman's turnaround of Palace's fortunes was nothing short of miraculous. Pulis helped Palace get off their knees and while he did manage to get the team to safely stand up by the time last season ended, he knew the side would need additional investment come this summer. Although there have been reinforcements at Selhurst Park, some of those that have come in have had neither the quality nor the attitude to thrive under Pulis.