Following a convincing 2-0 win against Crystal Palace, Arsenal will take a testing trip to Bournemouth, who also won their last outing. The Cherries defeated Swansea City by an emphatic margin of 3-0 and will look forward to cause an upset against high-flying Arsenal.
Liverpool drew their last game against Sunderland, as Jermain Defoe scored a couple, both from penalties to bring the Black Cats into the game twice. Manchester City, on the other hand, won 3-1 against Burnley, in spite of Fernandinho seeing a red card. Should Arsenal win this encounter against Bournemouth, they will leapfrog City to the third place in the league table and will be within one point of Liverpool who are at the second spot, five points behind league leaders Chelsea.
Bournemouth vs Arsenal possible lineups:
Eddie Howe will be glad to have almost all his first team players fit for this clash. In fact, he should be ecstatic to get his in form striker Benik Afobe who has decided not to go on national duties in the African Cup of Nations to help his club. However, because of his lone deal, Jack Wilshere will be ineligible to play against Arsenal and he would be the only unavailable player for Bournemouth. Following is the predicted lineup for the home team.
Arsenal, on the other hand, will have a long list of absentees. Along with long term injured midfielder Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil are doubtful. Mohamed Elneny will be on his national duties for the African Cup of Nations. But, Shkodran Mustafi will be back from his injury, and might start from the bench in this game. Here is how Arsenal might line up against Bournemouth.
Key players: The home team will have to rely on their defenders, especially Nathan Ake and Charlie Daniels. Afobe may also play a pivotal role to trouble the Arsenal defenders. For the Gunners, responsibilities will be on the shoulders of Alexis Sanchez once again.
Bournemouth vs Arsenal last meeting:
Last time these two teams met, it was the reverse leg of the Premier League and Arsenal won the game 3-1. Sanchez scored a brace and Walcott added another. Callum Wilson pulled one back for the minnows.
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The game will kick off at 7:45pm local time (next day 1:15am IST) and will be telecast live on Sky Sports 1 in the UK (Star Sports Select HD1 in India). Send us a message to our Facebook page for live streaming links.
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