Well, here we are, it’s that part of the season where we somehow manage to slip away some great opportunities. Arsenal have been without a win in four consecutive games and they must put up a positive result on the board when they travel to Bournemouth on Sunday evening. The Gunners are going through a similar run that derailed their title chances in previous seasons and the Frenchmen must rally his troops together before it’s too late.
Wenger’s men failed to score in their last three matches and have secured just three points out of possible twelve. Not only was it a hefty loss of points that could potentially have serious ramifications on the team’s confidence levels going forward, it also meant that Wenger’s men passed up the opportunity to close the gap between Leicester City at the summit. On top of that, the five-point gap that opened up on Tuesday is now an eight-point ahead of kick-off. There is a real feeling that if the North London club
On top of that, the five-point gap that opened up on Tuesday is now an eight-point ahead of kick-off. There is a real feeling that if the North London club are to ever end their Premier League title drought under Wenger’s guidance, they will not get a better chance than this season.
Arsenal created a lot of chances against Southampton, which is a really good sign and the way Ozil and Alexis are linking up we can expect the goals will come soon or later. At the start of the season, the manager said he wants his midfield to score a decent amount of goals but, unfortunately due to the injuries of Cazorla, Coquelin and a disastrous partnership of Ramsy and Flamini Arsenal’s midfield are not scoring which is hurting their chances to win games.
Speaking to the press ahead of the game, Arsène Wenger says Arsenal must improve the quality of their build-up play if they are to start scoring more freely again. Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
“It is frustrating because we had some periods where we scored for fun and we have dried out recently so we have to correct that. Against Southampton, we created the chances and couldn’t finish them off. I believe overall, we should not be alarmed, because the quality of our performance was there in every single game.We should take a lot of encouragement from that, even if sometimes in the recent games, we didn’t get the result we wanted.”
It’s now or never for Arsenal, wins for both Leicester and Tottenham means that Arsenal must win this game to keep their chances alive.
Arsenal Team News:
Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Rosicky are sidelined for Arsenal due to their respective injuries.While Francis Coquelin who came as a sub in the second half against Southampton could be ready to start. The new signing Mohamed Elneny is also pushing for a start in the center of the midfield.
Bournemouth Team News:
Former Arsenal graduate Benik Afobe has scored in three consecutive matches for the Cherries since his arrival in January. Junior Stanislas and Tokelo Rantie are back from injury and we expect no changes to the team that started in the 2-1 away win against Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.