Arsenal are set to take on AFC Bournemouth as the premier league resume after international break this weekend. Arsenal host Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium this Saturday, 09 September 2017 and the game will kickoff at traditional saturday kickoff starting at 15:00 uk time and there won’t be any live coverage in the UK. However if you missed the live action, you can always tune in here for full match highlights.
Preview:Arsene Wenger is under massive pressure after collecting only three points off first three games losing twice already this season against Stoke City and Liverpool. Another defeat will make it the worst start for Arsenal in something like 35 years and Wenger will be keen to avoid such scenario.
Hector Bellerin is still out injured which means another chance for Carl Jenkinson in the back four with Monreal, Mustafi and Koscielny. Petr Cech should return after being benched in the Champions League game on Wednesday. Bournemouth on the other hand has played some good football and are not coming into this game under any sort of pressure which might prove pivotal. This is how I expect both teams to lineup:
AFC Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal – January 2017
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
16′ 1 – 0 Charlie Daniels scored inside first 15 minutes with a superb finish after he was found unmarked on the left flank and he cut inside before placing past Petr Cech on the near post.
21′ 2 – 0 Callum Wilson made it 2-0 in 21st minute from the penalty spot. Xhaka was the culprit who gave away the foul in side penalty box.
58′ 3 – 0 Ryan Fraser
70′ 3 – 1 Alexis Sanchez
Last time these two meet was back in February where Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Ozil. On Sunday, Wenger will be hoping to avoid his teams typical november woes.
Team News & Starting Lineups: Arsenal are likely to replace Mertesacker with Gabrial in the starting lineup after horror show against Southampton’s Shane Long. While Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might also get a nod in starting lineup with games coming thick and fast and Arsene Wenger need to rotate players. Bournemouth on the other hand will be missing Josh King but they will be boosted by the return of Lee Tomilson. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Sunday afternoon.
Arsenal 2-1 AFC Bournemouth Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 ]
12′ 1 – 0 Alexis Sanchez took advantage of terrible mistake at the back by Bournemouth and put Arsenal 1-0 in lead.
23′ 1 – 1 Callum Wilson brought Bournemouth back into it in 23rd minute as Arsenal started to feel pressure.
53′ 2 – 1 Theo Walcott scored just after the break to put Arsenal back in lead.