Gabriele Marcotti has warned Arsenal not to get too carried away after their 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
Arsenal beat Bournemouth 3-0 last Saturday in a game where they were rarely threatened and had few problems. It was a stabilising victory after a tumultuous start the season and while nobody was getting carried away it, journalist Gabriele Marcotti has warned against reading too much into things.
“The worst thing than can happen at Arsenal right now is for the players to read too much into the Bournemouth result,” he wrote in ESPN. “Yes, they won 3-0, Alexandre Lacazette looked like the real deal, the back three did what they were supposed to do and both Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil contributed.
“But this was Bournemouth, a side that has lost every league game this season and who frankly doesn’t appear to have noticed that the campaign has begun. A false sense of security is the last thing Arsenal need.
Discovering that they can pass circles around an open team like Bournemouth, with Jermain Defoe up front and no service from midfield, is not a great revelation. Too often we forget that despite the marketing brochures, there’s a huge gap in talent between the top six or seven sides and the rest of the league.
And when a less-gifted team goes into the Emirates and plays Arsenal straight up, they’re bound to get spanked. It’s a positive for Arsene Wenger, sure, but the real tests will come down the road.” Bournemouth went into the game on a run of three straight defeats and certainly made it easier for us on the day.
Any thought they could cause an upset against an anxious Arsenal team was gone the moment Danny Welbeck put us ahead after six minutes. Marcotti is correct in saying that nobody should get carried away.
After all, Arsenal travel to Chelsea on Sunday where there’s a good chance of the usual doom and gloom returning full force. Our recent record at Stamford Bridge hardly inspire confidence. Still, it’s better to go into that game with a win and with a few players coming into form, even if it was against a poor team.
The Gunners are now 11th in the Premier League table with six points from a possible 12, having ended a two-game losing run with their victory over the Cherries. Arsenal are only four points adrift of top-spot and could leapfrog Chelsea in third place if they beat the defending champions convincingly.