Arsenal and Manchester United played out one of the worst adverts for the Premier League you will ever see on Monday night – as the song goes ‘Things can only get better’.
The Gunners host Bournemouth, knowing that they will have to improve against possibly the best counter-attacking team in the division.
The 1-1 draw at Old Trafford was chaotic and uninspiring. It was full of mistakes from both sides, as the two teams showed that they are lacking an identity on the pitch.
The Spaniard’s contract as Arsenal manager is up at the end of the season and there are plenty of potential candidates to take over the Emirates hot seat.
The brand of football played has not filled fans with much confidence this year, with suggestions that he is no more than a disposable part of the transition from the Wenger era to the modern European club they are trying to become.
Mikel Arteta is 5/2 current favourite for the job, with Patrick Vieira behind him at 7/2.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored last time out and has now averaged a league goal every ninety minutes. He is 3/1 to score first.
The Gunners’ defence will most probably be as porous as ever.
They are 4/9 for the win, though it is a very appealing 12/5 for a double chance Bournemouth or draw and both sides to net.
The Cherries drew 2-2 at home to West Ham last weekend. Josh King and Callum Wilson have been in fine form, with both of them scoring in that match. They are 17/2 to both bag anytime.
Crystal Palace’s 3-2 win at the Emirates in April was Arsenal’s only defeat in twenty-one home league fixtures. 40/1 is the odds for Bournemouth to win by exactly the same score line.
The Gunners were not at their best in the final third on Monday night away at United.
If Bournemouth can soak up the home pressure and counter effectively and efficiently as we know they can, the critics of Emery will not be going away anytime soon.