Arsenal are back in the Premier League facing Bournemouth at the Emirates as Unai Emery hopes to return to winning ways.
Competition: Premier League 2019/20 season
Date: Sunday, 6 October 2019
Time: 2:00 PM BST
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Last season: Arsenal 5-1 Bournemouth
Heading into gameweek eight, the Gunners sit fourth in the Premier League table, with their most recent domestic result a creditable 1-1 draw at Manchester United.
Eddie Howe's Cherries have also started the season well, sitting in the seventh spot ahead of a match in which they will feel they can cause a shock.
Team News & Tactics:
Emile Smith-Rowe and Alexandre Lacazette remain the only injury concerns for Arsenal at the moment, with Emery having a near full squad at his disposal. This prowess was visible during the Standard Liege clash when Emery rested his entire starting lineup against Man Utd to field a different team. That midweek game did see three of their long-term absentees play the entire 90-mins.
Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney, and Rob Holding all played the game, but Emery will be cautious about including them in the starting lineup just yet against Bournemouth. The idea, as it looks, will be to let them start games after the international break. Meaning, Sokratis and David Luiz could return in central defense, while Sead Kolasinac will play left-back. At right-back, Calum Chambers is likely to start.
Emery is also likely to place Lucas Torreira on the bench. This could let Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi continue their midfield roles, with Dani Ceballos expected to play No.10 as Mesut Ozil is seemingly out-of-favor. Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe will continue in their wing roles, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to start upfront.
Unlike Arsenal, Bournemouth have a rather lengthy injury list to contend with. The likes of David Brooks, Dan Gosling, Adam Smith, Charlie Daniels, Junior Stanislas, and Chris Mepham all remain out of this clash. Additionally, Harry Wilson is a significant doubt, along with Ryan Fraser. Illness is the reason for Fraser’s reported absence.
It’s unlikely that Howe will make great changes to his side after the 2-2 draw with West Ham and could continue with the 4-4-2, he has so often deployed this season. Nathan Ake and Steve Cook will slot in as the central defenders for the Cherries, while Jack Stacey and Diego Rico could continue as full-backs.
Joshua King is expected to feature from the right side, with Philip Billing and Jefferson Lerma providing midfield cover. Arnaut Groeneveld is likely to start from the left side of midfield. Callum Wilson and Dominic Solanke are set to spearhead the Cherries attack against Arsenal.
-Arsenal have won all five of their home matches against Bournemouth in all competitions (four in the Premier League, one in the League Cup).
-Bournemouth have taken only four points from eight Premier League matches against Arsenal (W1 D1 L6).
-The only teams to play more away Premier League games at Arsenal than Bournemouth without winning a point (P4 W0 D0 L4) are Stoke City (10 games) and Burnley (6).
-Arsenal have lost just one of their last 21 Premier League home games (W16 D4), losing 2-3 against Crystal Palace in April. However, the Gunners have shipped two goals in their last two home matches, last doing so in three consecutive home games in December 2012.
-Both teams have scored in each of Bournemouth's seven Premier League games so far this season - only three teams have both scored and conceded in their first eight matches to a Premier League campaign (Derby 8 in 2000-01, Middlesbrough 9 in 2000-01 and Leicester 9 in 2015-16).
-Bournemouth's Callum Wilson is looking to score in five consecutive league games for the first time since March 2014 when he was at Coventry. He's netted three goals in his four Premier League appearances against Arsenal.
-Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could become the first Arsenal player to score as many as eight goals in the Gunners' first eight games to a Premier League season since Dennis Bergkamp in 1997-98.
Head to head results:
Arsenal have a great record against Bournemouth, winning seven of their nine meetings, losing once and drawing another.
The Gunners thrashed the Cherries 5-1 at the Emirates in February, and also won 2-1 at Vitality Stadium.
Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1):
Leno; Chambers, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Pepe, Ceballos, Saka; Aubameyang
Ramsdale; Stacey, Cook, Ake, Rico; King, Billing, Lerma, Groeneveld; Wilson, Solanke