Arsenal host Bournemouth at the Emirates this weekend and, despite the Cherries’ failure to pick up any points in their opening three games, it won’t be an easy afternoon for the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger looks like a deer trapped in the headlights, frozen in fear and unsure what step to take next for the way he sets up his team, exasperated by a diabolic performance in the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool prior to the international break.
Given the Frenchman’s insistence on playing a certain way each week, Eddie Howe will know all too well what his side will face and they’re capable of causing the Gunners problems, as they did in the 3-3 draw at the Vitality Stadium last season.
With Arsenal set to attack, the Cherries will get opportunities on the counter and an Arsenal win is far from set in stone.
1 Arsenal's lack of structure
A change of formation to the 3-4-2-1 hasn't stopped it from being same old Arsenal. In fact, they look even worse.
Arsene Wenger is a legendary manager, however, the pessimist will go as far to say he's switched to the now popular set up in desperation and without knowing how it works.
Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey have almost been given free roles when the central midfielders' jobs in the 3-4-2-1 are to shore up the middle, work in tandem and be able to give it to the more creative players.
Hector Bellerin looks like a lost boy as a left wing-back, despite having a perfectly good Sead Kolasinac on the bench.
Fans were excited to see new striker Alexandre Lacazette link up with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, yet he was left on the bench against Liverpool for reasons unbeknownst to those other than Wenger.
Arsenal look disjointed in attack and vulnerable in defence. It is a situation Bournemouth can definitely take advantage of.
2 Nerves aplenty
As poor as the players have been, they wouldn't be human if most didn't feel at least a little uncomfortable playing for Arsenal right now.
Knowing any mistake or poor performance will lead to a raft of abuse from fans or the media questioning their desire to play for the north London side can't be easy.
It is the players and coaching staff themselves, along with the board who are to blame and therefore must shoulder the burden of responsibility better.
However, should Bournemouth get an early goal, or frustrate Arsenal for long period, the tension inside the Emirates will only rise, doubt will seep in, heads subsequently drop and Bournemouth will have a real chance of claiming victory.
3 Jermain Defoe & Josh King
Let's remember, Bournemouth have proven themselves to be a good side who will have a part to play in this game.
The match isn't just about Arsenal and Bournemouth have the quality to cause problems. They were largely impressive at home to Manchester City and the last gasp goal they conceded to lose the game would have been sickening.
The Cherries have a workman-like mentality, though they can also play attractive and creative football.
Not only that, King and Defoe are two strikers who can take advantage of most defences, especially one as disjointed as Arsenal's.
King, in particular, impressed against City before the international break and everything Bournemouth did well in that game flowed through the Norwegian.
If Eddie Howe's side are to claim all three points, those two will need to have a big say.
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