Jamie Rednkapp and Michael Owen have both tipped us to beat Bournemouth this weekend, but neither pundit is particularly confident in our ability to get the win.
Both former Liverpool players are known for being fairly negative when it comes to Arsenal, although at the moment you can’t really blame them. We’ve failed to score for three consecutive games, and have consequently slipped down the table into to that fourth spot we have our love/hate relationship with.
A trip to Bournemouth should be more than winnable, but in our current vein of form you never know. Redknapp and Owen predicted the result (via Sky Sports & Colossus Bets respectively), with both pundits going for a narrow Arsenal win.
“Bournemouth had a brilliant result against Palace in midweek and they have no fear. They will be playing against Arsenal thinking ‘Bring it on’, and they are going cause them an awful lot of problems,” Redknapp said.
“Arsenal have lost their way, and they should be playing better because the better players are back. This happens a lot in football and may take one or two games [to adjust]. I still think Arsenal will win this game.”
Owen was in agreement, and suggested our lack of a top quality forward would cost us.
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“Arsenal are in danger of letting the season pass them by yet again and the fact that they haven’t scored in their last three league games tells a story,” Owen echoed.
“And, for all that I rate Giroud, they do lack a deadly finisher in the shape of a [Jamie] Vardy, [Harry] Kane or an [Sergio] Aguero.”
Despite the disappointment and our failure to score against Southampton, we were still creating plenty of chances. With more clinical finishing and a bit more luck we could have got the win, something we need to keep in mind heading into this weekend’s game.
Bournemouth are a solid side, but they aren’t as defensively solid as Southampton. If we can create half as many chances as we did last weekend then you’d expect us to get the win, and anything other than three points this time around is totally unacceptable.
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We’ve already let first place slip out of our grasp and have been falling down the table ever since, we need to go at least some way towards remedying that by getting a win over the Cherries.