In the midst of the shambolic performance against Southampton, the only positive Arsenal can take from the result is that they have 48hrs to make things right and prove that the boxing day result was just a one off.
Bournemouth has been one of the favourite to get relegated this season. But to the surprise of many, they have played some entertaining football and had some very good results. The fact that they won against Chelsea and Man united should be a kind of caveat for Arsenal not to underrate them and hopefully, from Asene Wenger’s comment, this will not be an issue. He said ” I think for a long time they had not been paid back for the quality of the performances they put in.
You could see they dominated matches in the premier league with the quality of their game. They did not have that clinical finishing and that lost them games sometime. I have always said Bournemouth will stay in the League because they have the basics to stay in the league ”
I see nothing less than a victory for Arsenal and the downfall for Bournemouth could be their style of play. They tend to play a free flowing attacking football which will suit Arsenal perfectly.
There are those that still doubt/question Arsenal’s title chances and they have a good reason to, knowing Arsenal’s record in previous years. Until they win the league, this doubt won’t go away anytime soon.
They now need to show how mentally strong they have become this season and have a comfortable win against Bournemouth.
Arsenal: Wilshere (ankle), Welbeck (knee), Rosicky (knee), Coquelin (knee), Arteta (ankle), Cazorla (knee), Alexis (hamstring)
Bournemouth: King (hamstring), Tomlin (groin), Atsu (calf), Wilson (knee), Elphick (ankle), Mings (knee), Gradel (knee)
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 21 Premier league meetings with a newly promoted opposition (W17 D4)
Bournethmoth will become Arsenal’s 80th different opponent in league football in this match
Arsenal have scored in each of their last 29 Premier league games against newly promoted opposition.