Liverpool 4 – Arsenal 0
Before the international break, Arsenal were humiliated at Liverpool.
The Gunners were played off the park at Anfield a little under two weeks ago as Liverpool once again showed off their incredible attacking abilities.
Arsene Wenger, remember, made some odd selection choices against the Reds.
The French boss left summer signings Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac on the bench for the Liverpool game. He also deployed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at right wing-back, while Hector Bellerin played on the opposite flank.
That never worked out, while the Ox has since joined Jurgen Klopp’s side on transfer deadline day.
According to the Times on Friday, today will be the first time Arsene Wenger speaks to his players about the Liverpool game. Readers are told:
Arsene Wenger will finally tell his Arsenal players today that their performance in the humiliating defeat by Liverpool before the international break was unacceptable.
The Arsenal manager has not had the opportunity to speak to his squad since their 4-0 defeat at Anfield 12 days ago. Wenger said little to his players in the immediate aftermath of the match, as is normal for him after any loss, but he will make it clear that their performance was not good enough.
Arsenal v Bournemouth
Arsenal return to action on Tuesday with a home match against Bournemouth.
The Cherries are one of the few teams to have started the season worse than the Gunners. Indeed, Bournemouth are yet to score a point on the board.
It’s also worth noting that Arsenal’s recent home record in the Premier League is good. They’ve won their last six home games at the Emirates Stadium in the EPL.
As to the Arsenal team news, Alexis Sanchez is expected to start following his whirlwind transfer saga. The Chilean took to Instagram to vent his recent frustration with the national team, before using the same platform to pledge his commitment to Arsenal.
Alex Iwobi has recovered from a minor thigh injury, leaving Calum Chambers as Wenger’s only real doubt.
Fit-again Jack Wilshere will be hoping to make the squad against the side he was on loan at last season.
Santi Cazorla is continuing his rehabilitation but he’s still some way off first team action.