Another weekend of Premier League action is in the books, and with eight games gone, we can start to take a look at what the realistic goals are going to be for every single team in the top flight this season. Thankfully for Arsenal it appears as if they’re going to be challenging for the top four once again, but their position in the table is kind of a default one due to how badly the usual top six are performing at this moment in time.
Arsenal go head to head with Bournemouth later on today, but ahead of the game itself, Gunners boss Unai Emery took the time to speak to the media as noted by Arsenal.com.
On injuries from the Standard Liege clash:
Good afternoon, it’s a very short time to know how we are going to be with the players on Sunday. Tomorrow’s training is going to be very important because some players who played yesterday will be tired. But above all, at the beginning it’s only Lacazette who is continuing away from the team. I am waiting on the other players to be ready.
The Premier League season is underway, and while every single game is going to count for the Gunners, there’s no way of getting around it: they need to have a strong run of form at home if they want to be successful. They’ve struggled away from the Emirates for a few years now, whereas their ability to get the job done at home has consistently gotten them out of jail more times than we can count.
Winning the first North London derby of the season would be a huge sign of intent from this Arsenal team, to the point where we’re pretty much convinced that it would set them on their way towards the top four.
They aren’t intimidating, to be perfectly honest, and we don’t consider last season to be an indication of what they’re going to do in the next. They fall short of the top six, and even seven when you include Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Aston Villa (H)
Boxing Day – Bournemouth (A)
Heading down to the south coast on Boxing Day isn’t going to be ideal, but we aren’t exactly expecting Bournemouth to do much next season. They’ll probably be down in the relegation mix, whereas Arsenal, by this point, should be right in the hunt for a place in the top four. This should be another win, no questions asked.
Chelsea Home – December 28th
Arsenal will bid for Ryan Fraser of AFC Bournemouth after the Europa League final, according to TalkSPORT.
The upcoming final of UEFA’s second-tier competition is huge – a chance for a European trophy, but perhaps even more as a chance to beat a path into next season’s Champions League. And apparently, having failed to finish in the top four in the Premier League, the club will wait to see where exactly they play next season before making any concrete moves in the transfer market.
According to the Standard, all six of last season’s Premier League top-six are monitoring the situation of Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser. The Scottish international’s contract expires in the summer of 2020 and noises coming out of the stars camp suggest that he wants to move on.
Arsenal have of course been heavily linked with a move for Fraser, who the Cherries rated in the £30million-bracket.
Competition for Fraser
The notion of all the top-six being interested in signing Fraser is a strange one. The winger enjoyed an impressive campaign for Bournemouth, scoring seven goals and producing 14 assists in the Premier League.
Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham
A magical derby day for Arsenal who were able to overcome losing their lead, overcome the physicality of their rivals, and secure a really important win in the race for the top four. They just seemed to be firing on all cylinders during this game, and it’s hard not to think of this as one of the primary highlights of their entire campaign.
Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea
There has been plenty of talk in the media of late linking Arsenal with a summer move for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser, who has not exactly distanced himself from a switch to north London.
In fact, the Scot is quoted by the Daily Star as saying “I’m not going to lie, it’s very nice. It means you are doing something right,”
“They are a huge club, a massive club. When you see your name thrown around you always think to yourself that you are a Bournemouth player and you try to do well.
Arsenal 2-0 Southampton
Professional and efficient. Arsenal secured a pretty comfortable win over Southampton, which is what you’d expect from a fixture like this. Mesut Ozil showcased his return to form, and the starting XI just seemed to click in all the right places. With the top four race being as tight as it is you can’t really afford too many major slip ups, so this result was a welcome relief. You could argue that they probably could’ve been a little bit more clinical, but at least the three points were put on the board.
Arsenal 5-1 Bournemouth