It’s vital for Arsenal to get an early lead against Bournemouth

Normally in football it is better to play in front of your own fans than to play away, but the situation is not that simple for Arsenal, as the Emirates stadium is not exactly known for being an intimidating place for other teams to come to and the Arsenal fans can be somewhat less than vocal.

A quick look at the stats for Arsenal in 2016 suggests that home is not really where the heart is for us, with five of the seven defeats we have suffered this year coming at the Emirates. The only two away games the Gunners have lost since the turn of the year were at Man United in the Premier League, where we seem to have something of a curse or mental blockage and against a brilliant Barcelona in the Champions League.

Compare that to the losses at home against the likes of Swansea and Watford and a problem starts to emerge. That problem could get worse this weekend if we carry on the recent form and fail to perform against Bournemouth and that is why I feel it is so important for us to get a good start on Sunday, just as Carl Jenkinson spoke about in an report.

The right back said, “At Manchester United we especially didn’t start at our best and [against PSG] similarly. It is something we have got to be aware of because it has happened a couple of times lately.

“You can look at it as a tough night, but it is always going to be when playing a top team. I think we played well, the head to head rule is very frustrating, I’m not a fan of that and I think it is a shame. I think we played well and it is unfortunate that we didn’t hold on to the win but that is life.

“To go behind against a team of this calibre and then to come back, we have got a lot of character in this squad and we are showing it time and time again and on another day we win tonight, so it is frustrating but that is football.

“It makes a big difference, not just at this level but in the Premier League as well. You look at the stats and whoever scores the first goal, they generally go on to win the game. We have let that drop a bit lately and if we get the goal first, nine times out of 10 we win and we need to get back to doing that.”

I also think it is vital for Arsenal to get the fans going early on because we are not a happy bunch right now and there will be groans and moans if the team struggles on Sunday. That will not help the players, of course, but it is only natural, so can we get back to the fluent football we all love and which we all know Arsenal are capable of?


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  1. Arsenal_Girl says:

    I don’t think it’s vital. We can certainly win even if we don’t score the first GOAL. And even if we score the first goal, It doesn’t mean we will win the match

    Im hoping that we score and we stop them from scoring.

    But ultimately, a win at Full Time will make me happy :-). No matter what the score is as long as its a winning score line for us, I will be in a good mood. A win is a win and a win means 3 points.

  2. Break-on-through says:

    I think there is a chance it could be vital to get an early goal. The crowd at our place can turn all of a sudden, after all these draws you can sense even the slightest disappointment will have fans tutting at every over hit ball. I don’t like it one bit when this starts happening early in a game that we’re expected to win. These can be difficult when we are expected to win, the crowd is what makes them difficult. Bourn know this too, the will set up to frustrate us for as long as they can.

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