Arsenal v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 02, 2019
Emirates Stadium - Premier League
Arsenal aim to retain their spot in the Premier League top three, as they welcome Bournemouth to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. The Cherries are in fine form themselves and sit just one point below Arsenal, despite the five place discrepancy.
Arsenal trounced Bournemouth 5-1 when this fixture was played last season, with all the goals coming from different players. Aside from the expected strike duo, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Henrik Mkhitaryan all got in on the scoring.
Unai Emery is expected to ring the changes following the Thursday night Europa League tie. Mesut Ozil was left out of the entire squad for Arsenal's last Premier League match, and it will be interesting to see whether he retains a place in the squad on Sunday.
Eddie Howe has a decision to make whether to keep the misfiring Dominic Solanke up front, or to revert Josh King to his preferred position. Against the Gunners, the battle is likely to be fought in the midfield, Ryan Fraser, if he returns from injury, will be better suited to the left-midfield role.
Arsenal v Bournemouth Predictions and Previews
Despite having won just one of their last five league games, Arsenal sit in fourth place in the table, and have the chance to extend their league over the pack on Sunday. Bournemouth will be hoping that their extended rest will hand them the advantage, following the Gunners mid-week exploits.
Arsenal's last league game, against Manchester United, did little to ease the pressure off Unai Emery, who was bailed out, once again, by Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon striker has been seemingly holding the fort on his own against the bigger sides, also scoring the equalising goal in the North London derby.
The manager can't have been overjoyed to have seen Granit Xhaka, recently appointed captain, ducking out of the way for United's goal, and will have his work cut out to turn the fortunes around.
Bournemouth, far from their underwhelming season last year, are looking a side rejuvenated. Callum Wilson has fully recovered from his injury problems that plagued the first half of 2019, whilst Harry Wilson has finally added some ingenuity to the right wing.
With two pacey wingers, and two clinical forwards, Howe will know that his side has more than enough quality to test Arsenal's unconvincing defence. However, given his side's 4-4-2 formation, they play the risk of being overexposed if four attacking players commit.
Bournemouth have proven themselves to be a tough team to pass through, but if Aubameyang can run in behind, they could well be undone.
Aubameyang to score anytime at 4/6
The forward has been in top-form since Emery's appointment and that hasn't changed this season.
Both teams to score at 4/9
Arsenal should have the firepower to overcome Bournemouth, but they may let in a goal or two themselves.