The Cherries are classy enough to avoid relegation

Last updated: February 5, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 1:30pm
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWDWL
Away form: DWLDD
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

Bournemouth have proved they are a really classy team. The Cherries won 2-1 against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. They were 1-0 down after 27 minutes, but they had a great team spirit and managed to turn things around and win 2-1. Marc Pugh scored with a great shot from outside the box and equalized in the 34th minute. Then, in the second half, Benik Afobe scored his 3rd goal in 4 games for The Cherries.

Eddie Howe’s players are now lying in 15th position of the standings after 28 points collected and they are even more confident after their recent good results. They took advantage of the poor results of their main opponents in the relegation battle – Sunderland and Norwich lost their matches, while Swansea couldn’t win against West Brom.

On the other hand, Arsenal are obligated to win the game if The Gunners still want to fight for the title in The Premier League. They were denied by Fraser Forster’s great saves for Southampton in the last round, finishing with a 0-0 draw against The Saints. Now, Arsene Wenger’s lads are 5 points below the leaders Leicester.

Team News

Danny Welbeck has resumed full training for The Gunners. The English international forward hasn’t appeared on the pitch since April 2015.

Wilshere, Rosicky and Cazorla are sidelined for Arsenal. The Czech international midfielder won’t be ready to play until the end of March.

Junior Stanislas of Bournemouth has received a knee injury, so he won’t be available for the upcoming game against Arsenal.

The new Bournemouth signing, Benik Afobe, is in top form. The former Arsenal youth player has scored 3 goals in 4 games since he joined The Cherries.

Quotes of the week

Eddie Howe Bournemouth Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) : “If you’re approaching a girl in a nightclub and you think she’s gonna tell you off and all that, no chance.”

arsenen wenger from arsenal Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) : “When I arrived, we started one point off the relegation line and now we have more room to breathe.”

Expected line-ups:

Bournemouth (4-1-4-1): Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Smith, Francis, Arter, Ritchie, Surman, Pugh, Gosling, Afobe.
Subs Federici, Grabban, Iturbe, Distin, O’Kane, Murray, King.
Injured: Gradel, Mings, Wilson, Rantie, Stanislas.
Not available:
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Gabriel, Coquelin, Oezil, Sanchez, Walcott, Ramsey, Giroud.
Subs Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Gibbs, Campbell, Mertesacker, Elneny.
Injured: Rosicky, Cazorla, Wilshere.
Not available:

Key Battle

gosling Gosling this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
20 (3) 1791 3 1,4 1 0 4 0
Alexis Sanchez this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
14 (2) 1230 6 3,9 1 3 0 0

So far this season

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Bournemouth this season Arsenal this season
15 League Position 4
3 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 7 (6)
3-0 vs. Norwich Biggest win 5-2 vs. Leicester
4 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (3)
4 (6) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (3)
1-5 to Tottenham and Man City Biggest Defeat 0-4 to Southampton
Wilson (5) Top scorer Giroud (12)
Daniels (4) Assist Leader Ozil (16)
Y38, R1 Discipline Y23, R3
7 Failures to score 7
5 Clean Sheets 11
14 Both Teams to Score Games 9
12 Over 2.5 Games 11
12 Under 2.5 Games 13
  • The previous and only meeting between these two teams ended with a 2-0 victory for Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium. Gabriel and Ozil scored for The Gunners.
  • Bournemouth have lost only 1 of their last 5 matches at The Vitality Stadium. The Cherries have won 2 of these games – 2-1 against Man United and 3-0 against Norwich.
  • Arsenal haven’t won an away Premier League game since they beat Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park on 13th December 2015. The Gunners have recorded 2 draws in their last two visits.
  • The Gunners are on a run of 4 Premier League games without a victory. They ended with a draw on 3 occasions and lost once.