On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal travel to the south coast to face Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, as the Gunners attempt to keep pace with the league’s top-four.
Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games after one win and two draws in the English top-flight. However, last time out the Cherries drew 2-2 with Wigan in the FA Cup third round. They now face a trip to the DW Stadium for a replay.
Eddie Howe’s side are just a point above the relegation zone, despite that improvement in recent form. One of the home side’s main problems of late has been conceding goals, as they have conceded two or more goals in four of their last five top-flight outings.
The Cherries habit of conceding goals has at least led to high scoring games of late, as their last five league games have produced over 2.5 goals.
Howe’s side do not have a great recent home record in the Premier League. A 2-1 win over Everton in their last home game in the league ended a four-game run without a win at the Vitality Stadium for the home side.
Arsenal heads into this clash without a win in their last four competitive games. However, three of those games have finished in draws, including a 0-0 draw at Chelsea on Wednesday night in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg.
Arsene Wenger’s side are seven games unbeaten in the Premier League. However, five of those unbeaten games were drawn. The Gunners are also unbeaten in five away games in the top-flight, but once again, three of their four games have finished all square.
Bournemouth have a few injury problems heading into this clash. Defender Tyrone Mings, winger Junior Stanislas and striker Jermain Defoe will all miss out due to injury. Striker Josh King is also a fitness doubt. Midfielder Andrew Surman is available again following his recovery from injury.
Arsenal have a number of injury problems heading into Sunday’s match. Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud, Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny all look set to miss out due to injury. Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil are fitness doubts, while Jack Wilshere could also feature against his former club, despite picking up an injury last time out.
Arsenal are favourites to win this clash at odds of 3/ 4, the draw is odds of 31/10, while the home side are odds of 15/4 to record a victory.
The Gunners need to start winning their league games if they are to have any chance of breaking back into the top-four this season, starting on the south coast.
Will Arsenal win at Bournemouth on Sunday?