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Bournemouth v Arsenal Premier League Preview

Posted on January 02, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal make the trip to the south coast to face Bournemouth on Tuesday night, as the Gunners look to maintain momentum in their pursuit of league leaders Chelsea.

Bournemouth have endured mixed fortunes this season, but last time out hammered crisis club Swansea 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium. The Cherries secured a comfortable victory courtesy of goals from Benik Afobe, Ryan Fraser and Joshua King.

The win was much-needed for the Cherries, as the south coast side had lost three of their previous four games in the league and looked to be drifting down the table. If the Cherries record a win in this clash and results go their way the Cherries could be as high as seventh by the end of gameweek 20.

However, their record against the Gunners is poor, having lost their last three meetings with the men from north London, including suffering a 2-0 defeat in this fixture last season.

Arsenal seems to have now got their season back-on-track with consecutive Premier League wins, as the Gunners recorded a 2-0 home win over London rivals Crystal Palace last time out. Goals in either half from Olivier Giroud and Alex Iwobi were enough to seal the win for Arsene Wenger’s side.

The win moved the Londoners up to third-place in the Premier League table. However, the Gunners are still trailing table-topping Chelsea by nine points, so the visitors cannot afford any mistakes or slip-up’s in this clash.

Wenger’s side have lost their last two away games in the Premier League, but those defeats are their only away league defeats in their last 14 outings. One problem for the Gunners on their travels of late has been keeping clean sheets, as they have managed just one shutout in their last eight league games on their travels.

Team News

The Cherries head into this clash without the services of midfielder Lewis Cook. Fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere is ineligible to play against his parent club and Marc Pugh is also a fitness doubt for the clash.

Arsenal are still likely to be without Mathieu Debuchy and Santi Cazorla through injury, while Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott are also doubts. Per Mertesacker also looks unlikely to feature, but both Shkodran Mustafi and Danny Welbeck are back in training and could be in the squad.

Betting News

Arsenal are favourites to emerged from this clash victorious at odds of 4/5, while the draw is 29/10 and Bournemouth are odds of 15/4 to claim an unlikely victory.

Arsenal will be confident of another victory on the south coast, as Bournemouth like to play football and the Gunners superior quality should be enough to give them victory.

Will Arsenal defeat Bournemouth on Tuesday night?

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