Bournemouth have fallen down the table after their hot start. The Cherries have only two wins since September 20th. This run has seen them fall to 14th in the table, only four points off the relegation zone. Their two victories in that period have come against traditional top six sides, Manchester United and Chelsea. They’ll hope to add to their collection of big six wins with another against the Gunners.
Mikel Arteta will take charge of his first match as Arsenal manager. The Spaniard has never managed before and will have a tough job on his hands. The Gunners have one win in their last 13 matches in all competitions. It will be Arteta’s job to turn this team into a functioning unit. Performances will take priority over results, but it would be nice to start off with a positive result.
The Cherries have a whole host of injuries to deal with. Nathan Ake, Adam Smith, David Brooks, Charlie Daniels, Lloyd Kelly and Arnaut Groeneveld have all been ruled out through injury, while Ryan Fraser and Steve Cook face late fitness tests, according to PremierInjuries.com. On top of that, Diego Rico is suspended for yellow card accumulation.
Arsenal have injury issues of their own. Fullbacks Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac have been ruled out with Dani Ceballos, Rob Holding and Gabriel Martinelli waiting to undergo late fitness tests, according to PremierInjuries.com. Calum Chambers is set to miss with a yellow card accumulation suspension.
Bournemouth: Callum Wilson
Wilson started the season like a house on fire, with five goals in his first seven matches. He hasn’t scored since and the results have fallen apart. He has a chance to recapture his form against a very poor Arsenal defence.
Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang has been Arsenal’s best source of goals. He has been involved in half of their Premier League goals. He’ll likely need to contribute to one or two for the Gunners to have a chance, considering how poor their defence has been.
Both teams are in poor form. It’s tough to make a prediction when both teams are bad, so going with the home advantage seems to make sense.
Prediction: 3-1 Bournemouth