I am on record as hating the holiday fixture season. It's unnecessarily crowded, it could easily be turned into a break with a couple tweaks to the schedule, and it's just generally a hot mess that is more anachronistic than interesting. But after the disaster that was yesterday's game, it's also a great chance for Arsenal to fix what went so memorably, horribly wrong and not have to spend a week lingering over the Southampton result.
One of the only bright lights is that nobody else got hurt yesterday; otherwise, things will need to be put right in a big damn hurry against a Bournemouth side who have won three of their last four and who fought Crystal Palace to a tight 0-0 draw yesterday, with their defense, rather obviously, carrying the day. Arsenal's defense was problematic yesterday for the first time in a while; hopefully that is not a repeatable skill, otherwise things could get ugly fast.
The best thing to do is forget that yesterday happened and set things right tomorrow; easier said than done, but again, the tight turnaround might actually be a good thing for once.
Arsenal v. Bournemouth
English Premier League
Emirates Stadium, London
Monday, December 28, 2015
9.30AM PT/12.30 PM ET/5.30PM BT
HOW (to watch):
US: Premier League Extra Time/NBC Sports Live Extra
Worldwide info: livesoccer.tv