Arsenal overcame their Premier League season-opener trauma with an important 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace. Then the 4-2 result at home over Leicester City displayed what many believe this team can look like, consistently, this season. However, the next three matches are just as, if not more, important. To be a true top four team, and eventually get back to challenge for titles, Arsenal have to clinically put away teams in the bottom half of the table – home and away. Up next is a trip to newly promoted Bournemouth before home fixtures against Fulham (also just promoted) and Aston Villa. Win those, and without injury, and we might be on the brink of a special season.
Interestingly, Saturday’s match will be only the 13th time these two sides have ever met. Arsenal have a 9W-2D-1L record against Bournemouth with the only loss back in 2018. When Bournemouth reached the Premier League for the 2015-16 season their first match against Arsenal (December of that season) was the first time the two clubs had played since 1987. And never prior to that. Despite our familiarity with the Cherries over the past decade, it’s a very limited history against the Arsenal. We may have only lost once to the Cherries in our 10 previous top-flight meetings, but Scott Parker’s side will be full of confidence after gaining promotion last term via a second-place finish in the Championship, and beat Aston Villa on the opening weekend to extend their unbeaten home run to 11 league games.
Parker has stood by the same players that won promotion last term, with the major arrivals being attacking midfielder Marcus Tavernier from Middlesbrough and recently-capped Argentina international centre-back Marcos Senesi from Feyenoord. Joe Rothwell, Ryan Fredricks and experienced goalkeeper Neto have also come in to add depth, while the high-profile departures saw Gary Cahill and Robbie Brady leave for pastures new. It remains to be seen if results between now and September 1 will prompt Parker to add more new faces before the closure of the transfer window. The progression that they’ve made in terms of the signings this year has only enhanced and improved them even more. Another year under Mikel as well can only be beneficial.
We’ve got a big challenge ahead of us at the weekend, a technical team, a positional team, that have huge quality all over the pitch. Arsenal will try to keep pace at the top of the table Saturday when they visit newly-promoted Bournemouth for a 2022-23 English Premier League match. The Gunners opened the season with a 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace before their comprehensive 4-2 win against Leicester last Saturday. Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League table last season, two points behind Tottenham for the automatic Champions League qualifying spot. Now, some new additions have the Gunners aiming higher, and they don’t want to slip up on Saturday.
Bournemouth finished second in the Championship in 2021-22 to earn promotion after two seasons in the second tier. They opened their season with a surprising 2-0 win against Aston Villa, but they faced reigning league champion Manchester City last Saturday and was run ragged in a 4-0 loss. After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been stunningly accurate. Green has generated almost $35,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
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