Arsenal made it 17 games unbeaten in all competitions on Sunday afternoon when they recorded a 2-1 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
Although there was a slice of luck involved in the win, the opening goal coming from a bizarre own goal by Jefferson Lerma, the Gunners once again found the net twice, something they have become accustomed to doing in the top-flight of late.
Had to be a high scoring game
Bournemouth v Arsenal was destined to be a high scoring game. The two teams involved love to provide excitement and play attacking football, so Sunday’s scoreline was unsurprising really.
The Cherries may be good in attack, but they are also highly susceptible at the back. This usually means they are usually a good team to watch for goals. Arsenal are another team that very rarely gets involved in low scoring games.
Sunday’s game was never going to be 0-0 and so it proved. It could have been an even higher scoring encounter if it were not for the woodwork and some good goalkeeping.
Arsenal highly potent in attack
The Gunners are potent in attack and two seems to be the magic number. Unai Emery’s side has scored two or more goals in ten of their 13 Premier League games this season. They have also failed to score just once in the top-flight this season, the only weekend home defeat against the formidable Manchester City.
Even without French forward Alexandre Lacazette yesterday, the team from north London posed a significant attacking threat. Left wing-back for the day Sead Kolasinac put his attacking instincts to good use by setting up both goals.
The Gunners have the ability to cause any team defensive problems. The question can they manage to keep out the opposition on a regular enough basis to make the top-four.
Chelsea faltering in recent games
Chelsea have faltered in recent games, drawing with Everton and losing against Tottenham last time out. The Blues stalling has seen the Gunners move to within a point of Maurizio Sarri’s team.
The Gunners are odds of 7/4 to finish in the top four this season, fifth favourites to do so. However, even if their defence is still leaking goals, which it still is, then Arsenal will always have a chance of snatching a Champions League spot due to their attacking talent.
Who knows the defence might become solid in the games to come and the forward line may not have to score at least two goals to win every game.
Is Arsenal’s attacking prowess enough to negate a potentially vulnerable defence?