Arsenal return to Premier League action against Bournemouth with plenty to prove, with the Gunners entering the clash against the Cherries on the back of two consecutive defeats and a disappointing end to the transfer window.
A 4-0 drubbing at Anfield prior to the international break has raised the pressure on Arsenal after just three matches, with the general consensus being that the North London side lack the quality to end their long wait for a Premier League title and may struggle to return to the Champions League.
Arsenal’s depth is also set to be tested in the coming weeks as the Gunners commence their Europa League campaign and play Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup, where further negative results could add fuel to the fire at the Emirates Stadium.
As such, The Sun reports Arsene Wenger is set to hold crunch talks with his players when they return from international duty this week as he looks to boost morale after a difficult few weeks- where it’s been revealed numerous players wanted to leave this summer.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got his wish but Shkodran Mustafi, Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin all saw proposed moves fall through, leading to questions regarding their commitment to the Gunners for the forthcoming season.
Thankfully, the fact that it’s a World Cup year could help Arsenal get their stars to focus as Mustafi and Bellerin will be fighting to earn a spot in their respective squads, although Alexis’ spot in the Chile side is guaranteed.