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Arsenal v Bournemouth Premier League Preview

Posted on November 26, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal host Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon as the Gunners look to return to winning ways.

Arsenal have now recorded three consecutive draws in all competitions. The Gunners drew 2-2 with PSG on Wednesday night in the Champions League. The draw came on the back of a 1-1 draw at Manchester United last weekend.

United looked set to record the victory thanks to a strike from Juan Mata. However, Gunners substitute Olivier Giroud popped up to score a vital equaliser on 89 minutes to give the side from north London a share of the points.

The draw leaves Arsenal fourth in the table and three points behind leaders Chelsea in the race for the title. The Gunners are now on a run of 18 games unbeaten, 11 of those games being in the Premier League.

The side from north London are also unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions on home soil. In fact, their only defeat of the campaign came against Liverpool in the Premier League on the opening day of the season.

Although the Gunners have a long unbeaten record their performances have been below-par of late. Everybody connected with the club will be hoping the team can get back to their best form in this clash.

Bournemouth have endured mixed fortunes this season, but are currently tenth in a very congested Premier League table. The Cherries away record in the top-flight is woeful, as they have recorded just one win in their last eight games on their travels in the Premier League.

That one win came in the Cherries last Premier League game, though, as Eddie Howe’s side defeated Stoke City 1-0 with the only goal of the game coming from Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake.

Bournemouth have a poor competitive record against Arsenal, having lost all three of the games in which they have faced the Gunners. Arsene Wenger’s side did the double over the Cherries last season in their debut Premier League campaign.

Team News

The Gunners are still without a raft of first-team players through injury, with Per Mertesacker, Hector Bellerin, Santi Cazorla, Chuba Akpom, Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez all set to miss this game. Full-back Adam Smith will return from suspension.

Bournemouth are expected to be without Lewis Cook and Brad Smith through injury, while Jordon Ibe, Andrew Surman and Artur Boruc are also doubtful. On loan midfielder, Jack Wilshere is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Betting News

Arsenal are favourites heading into this clash at odds of 2/5 to record a victory, the draw is odds of 4/1 and Bournemouth are odds of 8/1 to record a victory.

The Gunners should have enough quality to see off the visiting from the south coast. However, Wenger’s side will need to start upping their game if they are to be regarded as genuine title challengers this season.

Will Arsenal record a victory over Bournemouth on Sunday?

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