Match Preview : Arsenal Vs AFC Bournemouth
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger aims to right the wrongs of the Gunners last two Premier League games by getting back to winning ways against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Date: Saturday, September 9
Time: 3 p.m. BST, 10 a.m. ET, 7:30 p.m. IST
TV Info: NBCSN (U.S. only), Stars Sports Select HD1 and SD2 in India, Sky Sports Premier League in UK
Live Stream: NBC Live, Jio TV, Hotstar
Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez will be the centre of attention after his return from international duty, with the Chilean expected to undergo a late fitness test before kick-off. The 28-year-old missed Arsenal’s first two league games with an abdominal strain but played in the 4-0 loss against Liverpool last time out. Aaron Ramsey will also be assessed upon his return from Wales duty, while Wenger is considering whether Jack Wilshere has done enough to be included in the matchday squad. Santi Cazorla is still sidelined while Rob Holding could continue in central defence after Shkodran Mustafi’s deadline day move to Inter Milan fell through.
Bournemouth: Bournemouth have yet to record a victory in the league this season after defeats to West Brom, Watford and Manchester City. Benik Afobe and Nathan Ake are likely to return for the Cherries, but Simon Francis is a doubt due to a hamstring injury and Callum Wilson remains on the road to recovery from a cruciate ligament rupture.
Predicted Line Up:
Predicted Arsenal XI: Cech; Holding, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Sanchez, Ozil, Lacazette
Predicted Bournemouth XI: Begovic, Smith, Cook, Ake, Mings, Daniels, Gosling, Surman, Arter, King, Defoe
Arsenal’s three home meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions have all ended in victory, with the most recent being a 3-1 win in November last season.
Bournemouth have only avoided defeat once in all competitions against the Gunners – this came at the Vitality Stadium last season, when the Cherries let a three-goal lead slip to draw 3-3 in January in the Premier League.
Arsenal have won their last 23 home Premier League matches against sides who started that day in the relegation zone, since drawing 4-4 with Spurs in October 2008.
Arsenal have not lost three of their opening four games to a league campaign since 1982-83 (W0 D1 L3 – finished 10th).
The Gunners haven’t suffered three successive Premier League defeats since January 2012.
Since winning three of their first four Premier League trips to London (L1), Bournemouth have lost five of their last six (D1), losing most recently 0-4 to Spurs in April last season.
Arsenal have allowed their opponents an xG (expected goals) total of 5.3 in their three Premier League games this season; this is higher than their own xG total of 4.6.