Can Crisis-Torn Arsenal Hit The Goal Trail in GW4?
A hostile Emirates awaits Gunners ahead of Bournemouth test in Gameweek 4
Despite downing tools at Anfield in their most recent fixture and failing to show up for business on deadline day, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal still have a higher goals expectancy than all of the other teams that will be in action in GW4.
The atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium is sure to be toxic though for the visit of the Cherries and nothing less than an emphatic victory is likely to appease the Gunners’ faithful.
Alexis Sánchez remains an Arsenal player and veteran manager Wenger is convinced that their Chilean attacker will be 100% committed to the cause.
The international break has given many of the Arsenal players a welcome break and Wenger will be hoping that they all return unscathed. Among them is Mesut Özil who has so often be made the scapegoat for Arsenal’s failings, a situation that is clearly riling him. The German playmaker recently took to social media to express his feelings, with his comments perfectly summarised in this WhoScored article.
Bournemouth have got off to a shaky start themselves, losing all 3 Premier League games but they will surely welcome the chance to heap more misery on Arsenal.
While goals may be expected from the fixture at the Emirates, the same cannot be said of the Brighton and Hove Albion versus West Bromwich Albion clash at the Amex.
Hosts’ Brighton, who are still searching for their first Premier League goal of the season, will have the unenviable task of breaking down a stubborn Baggies’ rearguard. If it hadn’t been for a costly individual error from Egyptian international Ahmed Hegazi in their clash with Stoke City, West Brom would have recorded a third successive Premier League clean sheet. Tony Pulis has been busy in the transfer market as well, adding to his side’s renowned defensive resolve, with Kieran Gibbs joining from Arsenal and Polish international Grzegorz Krychowiak making the switch fom PSG.
One goal is likely to settle this encounter and it wouldn’t be the biggest shock in the world if it came from a set-piece.
The pick of the Gameweek 4 action takes place in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off though, when Manchester City entertain Liverpool at the Etihad.
Both sides still have question marks surrounding their defensive capabilities and while the home side will look to dominate possession, it is their ability to handle the devastating pace of the Liverpool attack that could prove pivotal to the outcome of this one.
Deadline day has passed, some managers have stuck, some have twisted, it’s now time for their players to stand up and be counted!