Saturday, 9 September 2017

Arsenal vs Bournemouth Match Preview, Team News & Possible Lineups + EPL Today's Fixtures

This is a must win for Arsenal after a seriously disappointing start to their English Premier League campaign

The Gunners look to bounce back from a humiliating defeat as they host Bournemouth on Saturday evening.

The 4-0 loss to Liverpool is a reality check for Arsene Wenger.

The made-shift back 3 system is simply not working for the team that has shipped in 9 goals in the space of three games.

The midfield and attack is also to blame after failing to find the back of the net in back-to-back games against Stoke City and Liverpool.

The pressure is straight back on Wenger after the dropped points. And their title chances could soon diminish and will be soon down to mid-table contenders if more points are dropped in the month of September.

On the other hand, the Cherries are yet to open their account in the new Premier League season. They lost three on the bounce, but their latest performance against Manchester City was a tad encouraging. They were beaten 1-2, only denied by a late Sterling goal with seconds left on the clock.

TEAM NEWS:

Arsenal: Arsene Wenger will be without center midfielder Santi Cazorla for even more time now, and there are real doubts that he will ever come back.  Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, left the club for Liverpool on the final day of the transfer window. Alexis has stayed put alongside Mesut Ozil as both look to ride out their contracts, it appears.

Bournemouth: Eddie Howe will be without right back Simon Francis, center back Nathan Ake, left winger Junior Stanislas, and forward Callum Wilson due to various injuries.

TEAM FORM:

Arsenal: The Gunner have three losses, a draw, and a win in their last five matches.  They lost 1-2 against Sevilla in the Emirates Cup before drawing 1-1 with Chelsea in the Community Shield before they grabbed the win via penalties. Next was a 4-3 opening day win at home to Leicester.  From there, it has unraveled with a losses away to Stoke (1-0) and Liverpool (4-0).

Bournemouth: The Cherries have a draw, three losses, and a win in their last five outings.  They drew 2-2 at home to Napoli in a friendly before opening the season with a 1-0 away loss to West Brom.  They then followed that up with a 0-2 loss at home to Watford, and then a 1-2 win away to Birmingham City in the EFL Cup.  Last time out, they fought valiantly but still lost 1-2 at home to Manchester City.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

Arsenal (3-5-2):  Cech; Holding, Koscielny, Kolasinac; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ozil, Ramsey, Monreal; Alexis, Lacazette


Bournemouth (4-4-2): Begovic; Adam Smith, Cook, Mings, Daniels; Fraser, Arter, Surman, Gosling; Defoe, King

 KEY STATS:
  • 3-5-Arsenal's roller coaster 3-3 draw at Bournemouth to begin the year was the first time that Bournemouth had earned a result against the much bigger Gunners.
  • Arsenal’s three home meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions have all ended in victory, with the most recent being a 3-1 win in November last season.  
  • Arsenal have not lost three of their opening four games to a league campaign since 1982-83 (W0 D1 L3 – finished 10th).
  • In fact, the Gunners have not suffered three successive English Premier League defeats since January 2012.    
  • Bournemouth have only avoided defeat once in all competitions against the Gunners – this came at the Vitality Stadium last season, when the Cherries let a three-goal lead slip to draw 3-3 in January in the Premier League.
  • The Cherries have started the league season with three defeats – they have lost their opening four games to a league campaign on only two previous occasions: 1994-95 and 1983-84 (both in the third tier). 
  • Jermain Defoe has scored against Arsenal for three different clubs in the Premier League (West Ham, Tottenham & Sunderland) – the only player to have scored versus the Gunners in the competition for more clubs is Darren Bent (5).
PREDICTION:

 Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth: The Gunners will win this game but won't keep a clean sheet.
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TODAY'S ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES IN FULL

12:30 Manchester City VS Liverpool

15:00 Arsenal VS AFC Bournemouth

15:00 Brighton & Hove Albion VS West Bromwich Albion

15:00 Everton VS Tottenham Hotspur

15:00 Leicester City VS Chelsea

15:00 Southampton VS Watford

17:30 Stoke City VS Manchester United







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