BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson says he remains unconvinced by Arsenal despite the feeling of optimism around Mikel Arteta’s side.
The Gunners twice battled back from behind to draw 2-2 at Chelsea with ten men but Lawrenson says he would love to know what the Spaniard really makes of his squad.
He said: “As well as Arsenal did to draw with Chelsea after having David Luiz sent off, when I look at them I am just not convinced.
“It is early days for Mikel Arteta, but I would love to know what he is thinking now he has got to know his squad a bit. Arsenal drew with Bournemouth on Boxing Day, Arteta’s first game. He would be happy with the same result on Monday, but I am going to go with a Bournemouth win. 2-0.”
TBR’s View – Arteta’s changed the mood at Arsenal and results should follow
Arsenal’s board let a lot of the enthusiasm for the season evaporate with the delay in removing Unai Emery and the subsequent prolonged search for his successor.
That left Arteta with a scenario similar to Brendan Rodgers at Leicester last season; using the final months of the season to assess the squad and start to implement his principles.
He has already changed the mood with his new outlook and although wins haven’t freely followed, they should come if Arsenal continue down this path.