How often have we said that over the course of the last ten years? Seems to come up every month somewhere.
The Gunners crashed out of the FA Cup last week at managerless Championship side Nottingham Forest, the first time Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal had ever lost in the third round of the FA Cup,
However, what is interesting about that, and perhaps unfairly, is that that stat isn’t used as a credit to the Frenchman’s record, but as a slight at his failure this year.
If Arsenal are looking to bounce back immediately though, the omens are good.
Bournemouth haven’t won any of their six games in all competitions against Arsenal (D1 L5), conceding at least twice in every match, with Arsenal even fighting back from 3-0 down to earn a point in this exact fixture last season, the only time they’ve ever come back from such a deficit in the Premier League.
Indeed, although this is a relatively new Premier League fixture, it already has a history for goals, averaging 3.4 goals per games from the five fixtures so far.
Arsenal to win and there being over 3.5 goals scored in the game is, therefore, perhaps attractive at just under 3/1 with 888.com. However, over 3.5 goals and Bournemouth to win at 12/1 looks like a tempting bet.
One man who really needs a goal is Alexandre Lacazette. The Frenchman hasn’t scored in any of his last seven Premier League games; it’s his longest run without a goal in league competition since a run of 10 between February and May 2013.
He’s 18/5 with 888.com to open the scoring, and a scorecast of Lacazette anytime and an Arsenal 3-2 win is available at an enticing 28/1.