10 games in and not a single result has mirrored last season’s Premier League campaign.
We’ve gained points on 18/19 with wins against Man City and Watford but surrendered them back with defeats to Chelsea and Everton.
Draws against Southampton, Palace, Burnley, Newcastle and Man Utd were also wins last time out, with the point at Leicester the only increase for 19/20.
The trend suggests this will be anything but a draw then, so hopefully, it’s more points for the plus column.
I felt we were unfortunate not to win at The Emirates last season after going a goal up and creating copious chances on the break. A similarly robust performance would do nicely tomorrow.
The Gunners seem to slip so effortlessly between progress and total meltdown it’s difficult to keep up.
Despite playing their part in two really entertaining games against Palace (2-2) and Liverpool in the League Cup (5-5 and eliminated on pens) it’s definitely the latter this weekend.
Surrendering a two-goal lead to Palace combined with the whole Granit Xhaka fiasco has left Unai Emery with questions to answer.
They go into this one four points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League spot and critics suggesting they’ve haven’t really progressed under the Spaniard.
It’s tough to suggest otherwise given his failure to sort out their defensive shortcomings or discover anything resembling a best XI since taking over from Arsene Wenger.
In Lacazette and Aubameyang they’ve got the firepower to blast teams away and there’s technical quality throughout the squad, yet the spine of the team still seems rickety.
The home form is solid enough though, with 3 wins and 2 draws from their 5 games thus far.
The home end
Some comments lifted from the pre-match thread on the Arsenal Mania forum.
We’re going to be outplayed and lose. The atmosphere will be toxic. I wont be surprised to see open dissent between players and manager. Nobody wants to be associated with continued failure in this manner.
Don’t think I can get behind us losing, the next two games shouldn’t be the reason Emery gets fired. Even when we win, we look awful. Fact is we’re clearly not going to make top four with him in charge. I hope we win our next three but the board still does the right thing.
Even with Thursday night football, Wolves is still 4 points behind us at 12th just like we are 4 points behind Chelsea at 4th. Our recent memories dictates that this is a life and death game for us. There is no such thing as momentum with this current crop. An Arsenal win/draw/loss is in the works. Literally that’s us!
4 wins in 10 league games; victories against Newcastle, Bournemouth, Villa and Burnley. 15 goals 14 conceded. We are deep in ****.
Team selection will still be shaped by trying to solve the problem Willy Boly’s absence has created. Ryan Bennett is back in contention after returning against Aston Villa.
Whether Nuno prefers to use Bennett may come down to the shape he chooses to use. We looked infinitely stronger with a 343 at Newcastle, albeit against a team setup to defend.
Arsenal will want to play on the front foot as usual with an impatient home crowd urging them on, so I won’t be surprised to see a forward sacrificed for another body in the middle.
We’re undefeated in London since returning to the Premier League and given our exploits against the big six, I’m definitely in the Nuno knows best camp.
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