Bournemouth v Arsenal: match preview

on 13 January 2018

How Arsène Wenger, who will again be peering from the stands, would love a victory after the nightmare in Nottingham. Arsenal are winless in four in all competitions – their longest barren run since a streak of five starting in February 2016 – and that could easily continue. Eddie Howe can count on making chances with ease against Wenger’s notional defence and that could be enough as the burden of Arsenal’s successes may no longer be able to lie squarely on Alexis Sánchez’s shoulders. The dream of an easier life in Manchester may prove too much of a distraction even if he does play. Graham Searles

Kick-off Sunday 1.30pm

Venue Vitality Stadium

Last season Bournemouth 3 Arsenal 3

Live Sky Sports PL

Referee Kevin Friend

This season G11, Y26, R0, 2.36 cards per game

Odds H 7-2 A 4-6 D 3-1


Subs from Boruc, Federici, Ramsdale, Pugh, Afobe, Hyndman, Mahoney, Simpson, Mousset, A Smith, Ibe, L Cook, Gosling, B Smith

Doubtful King (hamstring), Stanislas (hamstring)

Injured Defoe (ankle, Feb), Mings (back, unknown)

Suspended None


Discipline Y36 R1

Leading scorer Wilson 5


Subs from Ospina, Macey, Iliev, Debuchy, Mavropanos, Mertesacker, Elneny, Ramsey, Nelson, Akpom, Walcott, Sánchez, Özil

Doubtful Özil (knee), Wilshere (ankle)

Injured Koscielny (achilles, 20 Jan), Kolasinac (ankle, 24 Jan), Giroud (hamstring, 27 Jan), Monreal (ankle, 27 Jan), Cazorla (achilles, unknown)

Suspended None


Discipline Y34 R0

Leading scorers Lacazette, Sánchez 7

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