After a string of successful matches Arsene Wenger’s team were bought back to the ground and were humiliated at the St Marys on the Boxing Day. Southampton put 4 past the Gunners as the visitors missed a chance to go to the top of the table. They will face their next Premier League game in less than 48 hours when they face Eddie Howie’s Bournemouth side.

The Cherries held on to a 0-0 draw against Palace in their last outing and will hope to shock the Arsenal side when they meet. They have looked a hard side to beat and will hope to put in a good performance again. Here is all you need to know about the game.

The Arsenal vs AFC Bournemouth game will be played on Monday the 28th of December at the Emirates Stadium in London. The kick off is scheduled at 5:30 pm BST (11:00 pm IST).

Team News:

Back to back games in the busy festive period will give manager the headache of resting key players and Mesut Ozil might be dropped to the bench in this game. Callum Chambers, Gabriel and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might be given an outing while Sanchez, Cazorla, Coquelin, Wilshere, Welbeck and Arteta are all out injured.

Eddie Howie might be able to welcome Lee Tomlin back from injury while Stanislas and King are not available for this game. Harry Arter is back in training and the manager might take a late call on his fitness levels while Glenn Murray looks set to lead the line for the Cherries.

 

 

 

 

 

Expected Line-ups:

Arsenal:

 Cech; Koscielny, Bellerín, Mertesacker, Monreal; Flamini, Chambers; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Walcott; Giroud.

Bournemouth: 

Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Surman; Ritchie, Gosling, Arter, O’Kane; Murray.

Key Battles:

Glenn Murray vs Koscielny:

The Arsenal defender has been in fine form off late but was completely off color in the Southampton defeat. Murry will try and take advantage of his drop in confidence and will try to give his side a lead to protect. It will be interesting to see who comes out top on this battle.

Giroud vs Francis:

Francis has been one of the best defenders for Bournemouth this season. He has looked solid at the back but will have his work cut out against Olivier Giroud who is excellent in the air and also has good finishing abilities. If given space, the French international can surely hurt the visitors and will be hard to play against.

Betting Odds:

Arsenal: 2/5

Draw: 15/4

AFC Bournemouth: 7/1

Prediction:

Arsenal lost a chance to go top of the table when they were beaten by Southampton in the last game. They will have a second bite at he Cherry in this game but Eddie Howe’s side are not easy to play against and may frustrate the home side. Wenger will have to get his team right and also give them some rest to get through this festive period without much damage and will hope to avoid another demoralizing afternoon at the Emirates on Monday.

Our Prediction:

Arsenal 2-2 AFC Bournemouth

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