Arsenal have had a very intense start to the New Year which started with a dodgy draw against Chelsea, and then culminated in an ignomious defeat in the FA Cup and a very satisfying away draw at Chelsea in the Caraboa Cup semifinal in midweek.
But now Wenger wants to get back into the rhythm of the Premier League, and he is sure to play his best team in the away game at Bournemouth. He is really hoping that this year’s match is not as crazy as last years mad 3-3 draw. “There’s a massive importance for these kinds of games, of course.” Wenger said. “We have been distracted a little bit by the cups, but now we have to come back to the Premier League. It’s a very, very big game.
“Last year was a spectacular game, when it finished 3-3. They are a team who have a bit more difficulty this season but down there they can make it difficult for anybody.”
So what did he think of last years match? He said: “Well the nightmare, after the relief and then the frustration, because we could have won the game in the end. Basically what can happen in the story of a game is that you can go through all kind of states of mind. We showed character again in this kind of game.
“We had a slow start and they were absolutely storming out. They were full of confidence at the time and they were difficult for everybody. I think they beat Liverpool last year as well. Overall they had a good home record.”
Bournemouth may not be doing so well this year, but they have still only lost one home game (to Liverpool) out of their five since the beginning of December so they are still hard to beat at the Vitality Stadium. But surely they can’t be 3-0 up again in this years game, can they? God help us!