This should be an open and attacking game with both sides capable of finding the net, but also struggling to keep clean sheets. Bournemouth, off the back of two consecutive defeats, will want to stop the rot to prevent falling down the table, whilst Arsenal will want to avoid another missed three-points to keep a pace with the teams above them.
If Bournemouth score, it will likely come from Callum Wilson, but if the Gunners backline can keep him and Ryan Fraser quiet, they can come away with maximum points.
We definitely see goals but Arsenal to win the midfield battle and just about edge it with the quality of their forward line.
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Bournemouth continue to surprise many people with the results they come up with, despite being consistently written off. They come into this game off the back of two consecutive defeats, but they are really establishing themselves as a Premier League side under the guidance of Eddie Howe, who has done an incredible job for the Cherries.
The manager will face the media tomorrow morning to preview the weekend's game against Arsenal!
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) November 22, 2018
Arsenal are under new management and still adapting to life after Arsene Wenger. New gaffer, Emery Unai, has brought a feel good factor back to the Emirates Stadium, after years of grumbling from some of the Arsenal faithful about the backward progress the club was making under Wenger.
The Gunners lost their first two games of the season, against Manchester City and Chelsea, but since that baptism of fire for Unai, they have not looked back and remain unbeaten in all competitions since. They come into this game off the back of three straight Premier League draws, so will be desperate to get maximum points again to keep up the pressure on the top four.
Team news – Bournemouth
Bournemouth come into the game with an almost fully fit squad. Only Adam Smith and Junior Stanislas are ruled out by injury, so Howe can call on many of the players that have already done so well this season for him.
However, he may be tempted to make some changes following consecutive 2-1 defeats to Manchester United and Newcastle. The loss of Adam Smith is a big blow, having been an ever present alongside Nathan Ake, Steve Cook and Simon Francis, so Diego Rico or Tyrone Mings will get the call to replace him.
One name definitely on the team sheet will be Callum Wilson who has scored six goals this season and was rewarded with an England call up last week. He duly delivered for his nation too, scoring on his debut against the USA in a 3-0 win. Wilson is becoming a proper threat, but is being ably assisted by the goals of Joshua King and the assists of an ever improving Ryan Fraser.
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) November 23, 2018
Team news – Arsenal
Emery Unai chopped and changed his side at the start of the season, looking for some consistency, but seems to have settled on the backbone of his team. Arsenal will be without Stephan Lichtsteiner, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Nacho Monreal and the constantly unlucky Danny Wellbeck.
Wellbeck’s injury will mean that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandra Lacazette will continue to lead the line. Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and the imperious Mesut Ozil will try to win the midfield battle, whilst Shkodran Mustafi and Hector Bellerin will be working hard to keep Wilson and Fraser quiet.
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Bournemouth v Arsenal Head to head
Sunday’s game between the two sides will be only their eighth ever meeting. The clubs only faced each other for the first time in 1987, when Arsenal beat Bournemouth 3-0 at Highbury in a League Cup fixture. There was then a 28 year wait until Bournemouth reached the Premier League in 2015 and the sides met again for a first ever league encounter, which Arsenal won again, 2-0, at the Emirates.
In fact Arsenal won the first four meetings against Bournemouth until a 3-3 draw at the Vitality Stadium on the 3rd January 2017. Normal service was resumed last year when Arsenal beat the Cherries on the opening day of the season 3-0; however, in the reverse fixture earlier this year, the 14th January 2018, Bournemouth claimed their first ever victory over the Gunners, beating them at home 2-1.
The overall record stands at five wins for Arsenal, one win for Bournemouth, and one draw.
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