Three games into the new campaign and Arsene Wenger is already under immense pressure following back to back defeats and a Deadline Day to forget.
Alexis Sanchez remains at the club despite his desire to join Man City. The Gunners failed to land a replacement for the Chile international, after Thomas Lemar rejected a move to the Emirates with his heart set on Liverpool. That means Arsenal look set to lose their talisman for a fraction of the price in January, or worse still on a free next summer.
Arsenal were left licking their wounds after an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Liverpool last timeout and will be looking to get back to winning ways to keep their title hopes alive so early on in the season.
Bournemouth though have troubles of their own. The Cherries are third from bottom and yet to pick up a point this season. Eddie Howe’s side were on the brink of earning a famous point against Man City last time out before Raheem Sterling broke their hearts.
Heading into the game Sanchez, Ramsey and Ospina all face late fitness tests for the Gunners. Wenger could include Jack Wilshere in his squad, the midfielder spent last season on loan at Bournemouth but failed to make a major impact.
Eddie Howe could welcome back Benik Afobe and Nathan Ake for their trip to the Emirates, but Simon Francis and Junior Stanislas look set to miss the trip.
Arsenal haven’t suffered three consecutive Premier League defeats in almost 6 years and Bournemouth head to the Emirates having lost their last three meetings with the Gunners in all competitions.
The stats point towards an Arsenal win, but their defensive record of late hasn’t been great. They’ve conceded on average 1.43 goals per league game this calendar year and lack leaders. With that in mind I fancy BTTS and Arsenal win at 6/4.
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