By Bulldog Drummond
Since 1 December Bournemouth have had two victories, one draw and three defeats at home – a modest record that most certainly should be giving Arsenal hope for a straight victory in this game…
|07 Dec 2019||Bournemouth v Liverpool||L||0-3||Premier League|
|21 Dec 2019||Bournemouth v Burnley||L||0-1||Premier League|
|26 Dec 2019||Bournemouth v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
|04 Jan 2020||Bournemouth v Luton Town||W||4-0||FA Cup|
|12 Jan 2020||Bournemouth v Watford||L||0-3||Premier League|
|21 Jan 2020||Bournemouth v Brighton and Hove||W||3-1||Premier League|
Against this and looked at in isolation, Arsenal’s away form since 1 December is not that bad – not a single defeat. But of course there are not that many victories either – just the one in fact. One win and six draws.
|01 Dec 2019||Norwich City v Arsenal||D||2-2||Premier League|
|09 Dec 2019||West Ham United v Arsenal||W||1-3||Premier League|
|12 Dec 2019||Standard Liège v Arsenal||D||2-2||Europa League|
|21 Dec 2019||Everton v Arsenal||D||0-0||Premier League|
|26 Dec 2019||AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
|11 Jan 2020||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
|21 Jan 2020||Chelsea v Arsenal||D||2-2||Premier League|
Arsenal have been scoring more goals away from home than Bournemouth have at their own ground which again can give us some extra hope, and there is a general feeling that Martinelli could be in the team once again for this match.
Overall Arsenal’s away form is mid-table
But compared to this moment one year ago this away form is still not showing the improvement that we have been looking for. In fact this season we have played one game more away from home compared to this date one year back under the previous management, but have two fewer points and a slightly worse goal difference.
I really do wonder if there is not, in some small part, an AFTV effect away from home. If so the continuing uprising against AFTV by the Arsenal away support might gradually help the players pull themselves together and improve what has been a problem for several seasons now.
Certainly by this stage in 2016/17 Arsenal had the third best away form in the country with six wins, three draws and two defeats thus far, and a goal difference of +15.
Fortunately, for this match, we can note that Bournemouth at home are themselves not that impressive
|19||West Ham United||11||3||2||6||17||20||-3||11|
So although this is a bit of clutching at straws Arsenal have the better goal difference (-2 for Arsenal away, -5 for Bournemouth at home) and again that could help Arsenal edge a victory.
But maybe the most important factor is the slight change in mood, despite the efforts of AFTV. The performance of Martinelli is something that has attracted attention and diverted commentary from the endless attacks on the club, and certainly despite the modest results thus far the new management team is not suffering from the sort of journalistic abuse that Emery and his men got – or indeed Wenger’s management team got, during its last two seasons at the club.
If this slightly more positive approach can be maintained there could be some light at the end of the tunnel despite the lack of victories in recent times.
Original article: https://untold-arsenal.com/archives/79192