EPL – Episode 3 – The Arsenal goes cherry picking at Bournemouth…

So our numbers against the Cherries are rather pleasant as we have only lost one out of our last 10 games against them but their performance against Aston Villa shows us that Scott Parker’s side can be tough to beat and at times entertaining to watch too. Of course, they suffered a heavy defeat last week to Man City but let us now look too much into it as the Citizens will be thrashing a lot of teams this season…

Winning this game will make it 3 for 3 for us and will help build our momentum as well as growing confidence. Let us not expect too many changes in our starting line-up and the same could be said of the Cherries…

So here is the expected line-up…surprise surprise:

Ramsdale – White, Saliba, Gabs, Zinchenko – Partey, Xhaka – Saka, Ode, Martinelli – G.Jesus

The only question mark would be White in case Tomy is fit…

As for the Cherries, the players to watch are Neto, Senesi, Cook, Dembele, Tavernier, Moore and Solanke.

It will not be a walk in the part and I expect the Cherries to go after White and Zinchenko and exploit also the space behind our advancing Xhaka…If we play with discipline at the back and in the middle, we should grab the three points.

Given the opposition, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ode or Xhaka score and then another goal for Gabriel Martinelli. I think we will edge a nervy game by winning 2-1 away! COYG! Also we have Wilshere now in our corner who can give us some insights on the Cherries…


17 Responses to EPL – Episode 3 – The Arsenal goes cherry picking at Bournemouth…

  1. LBG says:

    Thanks for the post! Solid win for me. Bournemouth without a few players and unlikely to sit back. Hope we might see one or two new boys if holding a good lead.

  2. LB says:

    Big win coming up, thanks for the read RC

  3. Aaron says:

    Let’s just get an early goal, and then see what the team has in it this year to put the opposition to the sword.

    Thinking the line up is exactly as posted above, but I thought White was hurt last game.

    spuds got another fortunate goal, if Wolves had any finishers that game was theirs for the taking.

    Pick some cherries today.

  4. fred1266 says:

    Think solanke injured

  5. fred1266 says:

    Wolves can only finish their chances against us

  6. LB says:

    So far so good.

  7. pbarany says:

    LBG, you are a naive optimist if you assume we might see one or two new boys if holding a good lead.
    The good lead is already there, but irrespective of further goals (scored or conceded) I don’t expect changes before the 70 minutes mark, and even after that we should see 3-4 from Tierney, Tomiyasu, Smith-Rowe, and Nketiah. And maybe Sambi gets the 4-5 minutes extra time if he is extremely fortunate.

  8. LBG says:

    Certainly prefer to be a naive optimist than a…….you!

  9. Aaron says:

    That was soooo good!

    Saliba, the ice man.
    One touch passing, movement, triangles, interchangibility, and scoring.

    Liked that Mikel finally made some substitutions early.
    We now have Thursday night games and will need it.

    Top of the table…:-)

  10. LB says:

    Well you certainly guessed the subs right pb. I was hopefully expecting to see Vieira for a few minutes as well.

  11. allezkev says:

    Plenty of new songs being sung by our brilliant away support at Dean Court, including a little ditty for ‘He, who cannot be named’.

  12. pbarany says:

    LB, I was hoping to see Vieira, too, but never expecting.

    LBG, no offense taken. 🙂

  13. RC78 says:

    Anyone for the post-match report please?

  14. Maxwell says:

    I’ve sent something to the nuts email, RC. Don’t know if it’s any good.

  15. RC78 says:

    Hi Maxwell – I will check with Peach 🙂

  16. RC78 says:

    Thanks Maxwell. Otherwise, you can also post it here and I will copy and paste it into an actual post.

  17. Maxwell says:

    Hi Anyone who-might-be-there!

    Ceiling? What ceiling?

    The way things are looking at the moment, there is no ceiling for this group of players.

    I can’t remember the last time I felt such excited anticipation before matches – and they’re delivering on my expectations. So.

    Out of the blocks quickly. Dominating from the off. A miss kicked up-and-under by Benjamin. Gaby J nudges the new boy Senesi off-balance, takes the dropping ball under sublime control and embarks on a mazy, sinuous run into the penalty area. Just when You think he’ll overdo it, a neat side-foot to Gaby M’elli on his outside. Quick control and a fierce shot the goalkeeper can only parry. Odergaard, cleverly, touches the rebound into the back of the net.

    Total dominance continues (in the first half Bournemouth managed 0 shots and 0 incursions into Arsenal’s area). Moments later, Benjamin to Bukayo, overlaps with perfect timing for the return ball. Fired across the area to Gaby J who mis-controls into the swinging boot of Captain O.

    A slight drop off, followed immediately after the break by Bournemouth upping the tempo having shifted from a back 5 to a back 4. Lots of aerial balls to the mountain called Moore (geddit!), dealt with supremely by Gaby Mags. Arsenal barely out of second gear. Then a free kick on the right, taken quickly to Gaby M’elli. Deep cross from the by-line chested down by GX and passed to Tequila at the top of the D. Left-footed (supposedly his weaker), a bending howitzer into the top right corner. Cue Zinchenko clutching his head in disbelief!

    Gaby J should have been awarded a goal, but was denied – so pathetic is the off-side rule now. Subs ESR and Eddie had chances late in the day. Highlight? Possibly the away fans singing “Tequila (Saliba)” to our new defensive hero for fifteen continuous minutes before he even scored!

    Otherwise, it’s not merely that we won three on the bounce. It’s the way they’re playing that is SO satisfying.

    Ramsdale – 8
    White – 8
    Saliba – 10
    Gaby Mags – 10
    Zinchenko – 9
    GX – 8
    Thomas – 7
    Saka – 8
    Captain O – 9
    Gaby M’elli – 9
    Gaby J – 10

    Subs not really on long enough, and the heat was truly out of the game by then , but a collective 7.

    I loved the trolling on the BBC HYS feed on Saturday night, that we haven’t beaten anyone, that we’re now crowing we’re going to win the league, etc. They do hate us out there. Did anyone tell Liverpool, Chelsea or Manure that Arsenal haven’t beaten anyone, because they only played teams they would be expected to beat?

    Ceiling? Sky’s the limit!

    By Maxwell

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