Arsenal v Bournemouth – 101 Great Goals prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Bournemouth
Although we’re only approaching the fourth match of the season, it would not be an exaggeration to say that this is a must-win game for Arsenal.
Arsenal will need to put past matches behind them and show some fight.
Bournemouth will be no pushovers, however, as they showed last time out.
Arsenal v Bournemouth betting tips
Whilst there is huge doom and gloom around Arsenal, they are strong favourites to win this one.
The bookies rate Arsenal’s chances at 1/3 for the win. Bournemouth are a whopping 7/1 to win at The Emirates.
Alexandre Lacazette is the most likely player to score. The French striker is 3/1 to score first.
Arsenal v Bournemouth: Premier League preview
Arsenal host Bournemouth at the Emirates on Saturday, looking to put an end to their current crisis.
With the international break out of the way, and the transfer window finally shut, the Gunners can put all their focus on upcoming matches.
Bournemouth came close to snatching a point against Man City in their last outing. Charlie Daniels opened the scoring with an absolute thunderbolt. The match looked destined for a 1-1 draw before Raheem Sterling scored in the 7th minute of second half stoppage time.
Arsenal crisis management
Arsene Wenger’s side suffered a devastating 4-0 defeat at Anfield two weeks ago, with a number of players putting in their worst ever performances at the club.
The defeat was Arsenal’s second in a row, following their 1-0 loss at Stoke in Gameweek 2.
Arsenal’s only win of the campaign so far came on the opening day of the season, and even that was a narrow one, courtesy of a late Olivier Giroud goal.
Arsenal team news v Bournemouth: Sanchez to start
Arsene Wenger may be tempted to ring the changes to the side which was hammered at Anfield.
One change that is certain is that of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has signed for Liverpool. Bizarrely, the Ox started against Liverpool just days before joining the club.
Alexis Sanchez is expected to start following his whirlwind transfer saga. The Chilean took to Instagram to vent his recent frustration with the national team, before using the same platform to pledge his commitment to Arsenal.
Alex Iwobi has recovered from a minor thigh injury, leaving Calum Chambers as Wenger’s only real doubt.
Fit-again Jack Wilshere will be hoping to make the squad against the side he was on loan at last season.
Santi Cazorla is continuing his rehabilitation but he’s still some way off first team action.
Bournemouth team news v Arsenal: Trio could return
Calum Wilson is stepping up his recovery and is targeting an October return.
Junior Stanislas is expected to miss out with a groin problem, while Simon Francis and Nathan Ake are doubts.
Of the two, Ake is most likely to play but will face a late fitness test.
Benik Afobe could face his former side, although he’s likely to start the match from the bench.