Arsenal will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday after successive draws.
The Gunners were very disappointing at Old Trafford last Saturday and were very fortunate to come away with a 1-1 draw courtesy of Olivier Giroud’s 89th minute equaliser – the visitors’ only effort on target.
There was little improvement on Wednesday evening at the Emirates but again Arsene Wenger’s side came away with a 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain despite only having one effort on target all game. The result leaves Arsenal in second spot with a game to go.
Aaron Ramsey has started the last two so soon after returning to full training after being sidelined since August. Santi Cazorla has already been ruled out of this game as are fellow Spaniards Hector Bellerin and Lucas Perez. Danny Welbeck hasn’t been fit all season.
Nacho Monreal was given a breather midweek but should returning to the starting lineup to face Bournemouth.
Predicted Arsenal Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Cech; Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Xhaka; Walcott, Ozil, Ramsey; Sanchez
Bournemouth Team News & Preview
Bournemouth suffered back-to-back defeats before the international break but a 1-0 win at Stoke City last weekend saw Eddie Howe’s side move into the top half.
It was a first clean sheet and win on the road for the Cherries who face a tougher challenge this weekend up in North London.
Jack Wilshere looked good at Stoke last weekend but is ineligible to face his parent club this time out. Bournemouth could have more absentees in midfield if neither Andrew Surman or Jordon Ibe are fully fit to start.
Goalkeeper Artur Boruc is set to miss out once again.
Predicted Bournemouth Starting Lineup (4-5-1): Federici; Ake, Francis, Cook, Daniels; King, Gosling, Surman, Arter, Stanislas; Wilson
Arsenal vs Bournemouth Key Stats
2 – These two met in the Premier League for the first time last season with Arsenal winning both games by a scoreline of 2-0.
2 – Arsene Wenger and Eddie Howe are the two longest-serving managers at their respective clubs in the Premier League.
88% – Olivier Giroud has scored with seven of his last eight shots on target in the Premier League.
Arsenal vs Bournemouth Prediction
Although Arsenal looked jaded at times in their midweek game it was at home and three days off should be sufficient to be fresh to face Bournemouth. On top of that Arsene Wenger has a bit of depth to rotate any players who are showing signs of tiredness.
Prior to their win at Stoke City, Bournemouth have been poor on the road this season and it’s difficult to see them coming away with anything from the Emirates. The odds of Arsenal winning aren’t huge but it should be a safe bet.
Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Walcott – Arsenal have plenty of options in attack and could even resort to Olivier Giroud from the bench if need be. Home win.
Arsenal 2-0 Bournemouth