Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes the supporters could turn on the Gunners in Saturday’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth if the Cherries get something from the game.
The 44-year-old, who played for Arsenal between 1992 and 2004, called this weekend’s clash “such an important game”, given how poorly the London club have started the season.
Currently 16th in the Premier League table with three points from as many games, coming off the back of defeats against Stoke City and Liverpool, Arsenal have started the new season poorly.
Supporters aren’t pleased with the results or performances and could well be send over the edge if their latest league outing doesn’t go to plan, especially considering Bournemouth have lost all three of their games in 2017/18.
Parlour believes Arsenal have to start the game well and not allow the supporters to turn on the side by falling behind at the Emirates. He said: “This is such an important game. I know it’s Bournemouth, and only the fourth game of the season,” reports The Sun.
“But you always look to see how a team can come back and respond from a bad result – if you can come back and put in a good performance and win the game it shows you have got a bit of character in the dressing room. But if you lose, that’s unthinkable for Arsenal.
“They have to go out and put a positive performance on and hopefully turn the fans around because if Bournemouth do go there, play well and score the first goal it could be a real dodgy atmosphere there – for the players and everybody.”
Arsenal are 4/11 to win against Bournemouth in Saturday’s Premier League meeting at the Emirates Stadium, which would end their two-game losing run and give them six points from a possible 12 this season.