Whilst they won’t be ‘invincibles’ this season, Arsenal are still on course to achieve something they haven’t managed since legendary ex-manager Arsene Wenger’s famous 2003/04 side: winning the Premier League (PL) title!
The firing Gunners went five points clear at the summit after thumping Everton 4-0 in midweek, marking the 12th time they’ve scored 4+ goals against the Toffees in the PL – a record for one side against another in the competition!
Worryingly for Bournemouth, the comparisons with Wenger-led Arsenal sides don’t end there with the North Londoners arriving on the back of eight consecutive PL victories over newly-promoted sides.
Only under Wenger (2002-2003) did Arsenal manage a longer such record (nine) and considering they’ve beaten Bournemouth in all five of their PL home H2Hs, by an aggregate score of 14-2, another rampant Gunners performance here might not surprise.
That record may be exacerbated as the Cherries have never kept a clean sheet against Arsenal in the PL (W1, D2, L8) and arrive with the worst defensive record in the competition this season (GA: 48).
That’s partly due to the 4-1 hammering they suffered against title-chasers Manchester City in their last outing which left them a point adrift of safety ahead of the round.
If the Cherries are to secure top-flight survival they may need to improve their league away returns (W2, D2, L8), with only bottom-placed Southampton having lost more games on the road.
They did end an eight-match winless PL away run (D2, L6) with a 1-0 victory over Wolves in their last away outing however, which might spur them on to their first league win over a ‘Big Six’ side since 2019!
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