Arsenal suffered heavy defeat on Saturday evening away to Southampton with a 4:0 result and lost a chance to get the first position at the table since Leicester also lost on the road against Liverpool. So, the Gunners continued being second at the table, but now with only a point difference in comparison to third placed Manchester City and four points more than fourth placed Tottenham.
It was a game where nothing went well for the players of Arsenal, as the team looked a bit better in the first halftime but still ended it with a 1:0 trail thanks to goal from Martina in 19th minute. Their game plan completely failed in the repetition as the hosts continued trying on counter attacks and were deadly effective and serious, while the Gunners had much more of the ball possession, but weren’t that fluid with the ball to their feet, neither much threatening – goals were scored via Long twice and Fonte for the final Saints’ victory. Arsenal now needs to win and get back to winning ways, in order to continue good home for which now stands at 5-2-1 record. They are still without long term absentees offensive players Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck, who all didn’t play competitive football yet, but also central midfielder Francis Coquelin (14/0), defensive midfielder Mikel Arteta (7/0), forward Alexis Sanchez (14/6) and midfielder Santi Cazorla (14/0). It’s almost sure that coach Wenger will make some changes after humiliating defeat on Saturday evening.
Bournemouth, on the other side, took a point in a goalless draw at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday evening. The game itself was of quite low quality, as both side surely could have been way better, but it still has to be said that the hosts looked a bit more lively on the field and if any of the teams was about to score – it would probably be the home side.
Still, players of Bournemouth will not be too worried about this scoreline, since the team really does well in recent weeks and are looking good at the moment with six undefeated matches. Run of three victories and three draws saw them escaping from the relegation battle and they are now three points above relegating placed Newcastle, but still with a lot of to prove and a lot more struggle in order to keep the Premier League status for the next season. Striker Joshua King (14/2) is recovering well from hamstring injury and might be employed here from the start. Central defender Tommy Elphick (5/0) is injured, same as left back Tyrone Mings (1/0), offensive midfielder Max Gradel (4/0) and forward Callum Wilson (7/5).
Arsenal have won 5 of their last 6 home matches in the Premier League.
Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 home matches in the Premier League.
Bournemouth surely over performed a bit in previous month and a half and surely were lucky in some matches a bit. The Gunners are coming from a pretty much humiliating result and now have every reason to be more than motivated to confirm that the result away to Saints was just a bad day. I expect them to show character this time, attack from the first minute and not to stop after scoring a goal or two.
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