For Arsenal fans it is not only our on loan midfield star Jack Wilshere that has many of us keeping an eye on the performances and results of AFC Bournemouth this season, as their young English manager Eddie Howe has been touted as one the potential candidates to take over from Arsene Wenger when the Frenchman finally decides to call it a day.
This may well have been the easiest choice of an Arsenal Man of the Match for some time, with Alexis Sanchez bagging a hat-trick in the space of 14 second half minutes that sealed the three points and nipped in the bud any hiopes West Ham had of punishing the Gunners for our first half wastefulness.
While a look at the Arsenal result in the Premier League today, 5-1 away to West Ham who under Slaven Bilic took four points off us last season, looks great and is certainly a big boost to our chances of challenging for the EPL title, the scoreline was given a huge coat of gloss with a late flurry of goals.
The hot topic of the moment for Arsenal fans is how we get back to the fluent football and free scoring style that was so encouraging from the Gunners up until the nasty month of November slowed us down. A lot of people have suggested that the loss of Santi Cazorla to our lengthy injury list has been a big factor so Arsene Wenger and the players must find a way to cope without him.
Arsenal fans will have been hoping for a draw from the big Premier League match of the weekend earlier today, when Antonio Conte took his in form Chelsea team to face Man City, or if there was to be a winner I think we would all have preferred it to be Guardiola’s team, not just because they were not so far ahead of Arsenal but to halt the dangerous momentum the Blues are building.
After the pretty poor and passive way that Arsenal were sent out of the EFL cup at home to Southampton last night, Arsene Wenger and the fans will be hoping that the Gunners can fire again this weekend and bounce back where it really matters the most, the Premier League.
The fact that Arsene Wenger decided to make the right back position one of his Arsenal changes during the loss to Southampton in the EFL cup, despite the fact that we were two goals down at the time and he did have some forward options on the bench, tells you that the starter Carl Jenkinson was not having his best of games.
If you are one of the Arsenal fans who give credence to the theory that injury problems have quite a big impact on a club and it´s ability to win a trophy, especially a league title like the Premier League that is hard fought over a long time and a large number of games, then you will surely be concerned that once again it is the Gunners that have more players out of action than all of our main EPL rivals.