After what can only be described as a disappointing draw with Man United on Monday, we have the chance to get back to winning ways at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon as Bournemouth come to town.
A win could take us to third in the Premier League behind runaway leaders Liverpool and Man City going into two weeks off for yet another international break.
Bournemouth will serve as a stern test after a good season so far, and alarm bells should be ringing after the Aston Villa game two weeks ago where we found ourselves behind and were lucky to come out of the game with all three points.
Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin played in the Europa League this week, but it remains to be seen whether Unai Emery will draft them into the first team for this game. I suspect he will rest them further giving them these two interlull weeks to really shape up ahead of the pre-Christmas fixtures.
Another impressive player on Thursday was Gabriel Martinelli who scored twice against Standard Liege and with Alexandre Lacazette still missing with an ankle injury, the young Brazilian could feature up top with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Pepe needs to shake off his frustrating start to his Arsenal career, and a couple of goals today would certainly do that.
Mesut Ozil could return to the squad after missing out at United and Liege but rumours are rife that he’s had a major falling out with Emery so could be left out again as a January exit looks likely.
Let’s hope we can win this one, come through unscathed and welcome all of our players back for the Sheffield United game in two weeks time.
While there’s no proper football going on for a couple of weeks, why not treat yourself to a weekend by the seaside – I heard you can’t beat Brighton this time of year.