Just like a few weeks ago it’s finally time to say welcome back to the Premier League. After the dreaded international break which followed the even worse game at Anfield a couple of weeks ago, football is returning to the Emirates and thankfully the odds are looking in our favour.
The football universe has either spewed up the perfect chance for slight redemption on the Arsenal side of things, or the perfect cause for ridicule come Saturday dinner time.
This week’s round of 3 o’clock kick offs sees us welcome Bournemouth to North London, where we haven’t played since that opening day thriller against Leicester.
Going into the game Arsenal, as they should do, look to be favourites especially when you take a glance at some of the records surrounding the game. Firstly, Bournemouth are still yet to win this season despite coming of the back of two promising campaigns and looking to push on this year. Also of the four Premier League games we’ve played Arsenal have never been on the losing side (3 wins, 1 draw).
Reflecting on our return to the capital Arsene Wenger said:
“It’s important to be strong at home”
And as we all know, our home records are usually pretty decent compared to when where on the road especially taking into consideration that we won 14 of our 19 home league games last season. Wenger will be hoping that trend continues this year after two early away games as he said:
“We’ve played three games and there are 35 to go, we have the quality to respond and a good opportunity to show that (the emphatic loss to Liverpool in the last game) was an accident.”
This won’t be an easy fix though as we saw a couple of weeks ago Bournemouth took even Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City right down to the wire.
However, one thing that makes that seem more likely too was that the boss was able to report that other than Santi Cazorla there were no injury updates with Jack Wilshere just in need of some fitness.
The only way for Wilshere to get fit though is to play games, and what better way to give him some minutes against the team he was at last season to rekindle his career. The most realistic situation for him to get on the pitch tomorrow will no doubt be from the bench but even if that’s the case it’ll see him move closer to possibly breaking into the team in the near future.
Also, after the whole Manchester City, Thomas Lemar debacle involving Alexis Sanchez last week, the Chilean has posted on Instagram that he’s ‘focused’ on Arsenal now. Whether he means that for the long term or not I guess it’s a positive for now at least he’s still looking to do the business on the pitch and maybe this could be one of the better games to reintroduce him to the team rather than away at Anfield.
But as we know anything can happen in football but the odds on predicting what will happen at an Arsenal game are almost impossible so we’ll have to see how it all unfolds tomorrow… hopefully it goes to plan though.