Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Bournemouth
Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, November 27 – 14:15 GMT (09:15 ET)
Match Odds: Arsenal 2/5 – Draw 19/5 – Bournemouth 6/1
Arsenal welcome Bournemouth to the Emirates Stadium for an important Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners come into the game after a 2-2 draw at home to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night – their last two Premier League games have also ended in draws.
Arsene Wenger has called upon his side to start turning those draws into wins and they can’t afford a slip up here if they have any serious aspirations of challenging for the title.
Recent performances have been below par for Arsenal, who’ve looked flat, albeit they’ve faced tough opposition in PSG, Manchester United and Tottenham, while still managing to remain undefeated since the opening day.
Bournemouth arrive in London in high spirits after their impressive 1-0 win away at Stoke last weekend ended a run of three games without a win in the league.
Eddie Howe is continuing to work his magic, steering his side to tenth in the table with 15 points at this early stage of the season – an excellent start.
The Cherries have struggled for points on the road, so they’ll be hoping the first away win of the season at Stoke will give them confidence.
The only two previous league meetings between these two sides came last season with Arsenal winning 2-0 on both occasions.
Arsenal will be without the injured Santi Cazorla (heel) and Hector Bellerin (ankle), while Lucas Perez won’t be fit to make the squad despite returning to training this week following an ankle problem. Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck (both knee) are long-term absentees.
Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc (back) is a doubt, as is Andrew Surman (hamstring). Loanee Jack Wilshere is ineligible to play against his parent club, but Adam Smith (ban) and Jordan Ibe (illness) should return to the squad.
Arsenal’s last five: W/D/W/D/D
Bournemouth’s last five: W/D/L/L/W
Key Stat: Dominance – Arsenal have a 100% winning record against Bournemouth in all competitions (P3, W3).
Key Player: Olivier Giroud – It would be a huge surprise if the Frenchman doesn’t feature at some point on Sunday afternoon. His goalscoring form has been incredible since his return from injury, with five goals in five games in all competitions.
Arsenal 2-1 Bournemouth – The Gunners haven’t performed well recently, and they can’t allow the dip in form to go on any longer, although they’ve still managed to churn out results – it could be a similar story here. Bournemouth will provide tough opposition and Eddie Howe will set out his side to try and win the game, but home advantage could be the key.