After our victory up in the Potteries against Stoke City, the Cherries are on their travels again, only this time the journey is shorter to our next opponents in London to play Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Let`s hope we have a better outcome this time, as some people described the last game as men against boys.
Most of the talk last Saturday was about a certain referee by the name of Roger East who was in charge of the game at Stoke. It just happens that he was our referee at the Emirates last December.
Arsenal have brought in Granit Xhaka the Switzerland midfield player from Borussia Monchengladbach for a fee reported to be £34 million and Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia, the German International defender for a figure of £35 million. Amongst the others is Lucas Perez a striker from Deportivo La Coruna for just over £17 million.
This season Arsenal had an indifferent start losing and drawing in their first two Premier League games against Liverpool and last season`s Champions Leicester City. They then had a run of six straight victories home and away. Their last four games have finished with one victory and four draws, two of the draws have been in the last two games, one was against London neighbours and rivals Tottenhan Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium and away in the last game at Manchester United, both games ending 1-1.
In recent months and weeks our manager as well as being linked with the England job, has also been mentioned in various sources as a possible replacement for the Arsenal long time serving manager Arsene Wenger should he consider stepping down from the job. The latest person being Christchurch based Bob Wilson in an interview with the Echo. The two managers go head to head on Sunday in a Sky televised game with the kick-off at 2.15 pm. The game at the Emirates last season Arsenal were without two injured players Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere.
After their second place finish last season Arsenal are this season occupying fourth position and the Cherries are in tenth place. We have only met Arsenal in competitive matches three times, two being last season in the Premier League where the Gunners won both games 2-0, the other time we met was in 1987 in the League Cup at Arsenal`s old ground Highbury Stadium.
Arsenal Team News:
Hector Bellerin injured against Spurs is expected to start light training next week. After their Champions League game in the week, expect some changes to the Arsenal side for Sunday.
Player to watch: Alexis Sanchez
They have a number of players to choose from who could change the game, one being Mesut Ozil who ran the game at the Emirates against AFCB last season, but didn`t stand out against Manchester United in their last league game. Alexis Sanchez is the leading scorer with six goals and three assists to his name and will be a player our team need to watch.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Jack Wilshere will miss this game against his parent club. Adam Smith will be available again after a one match suspension. Artur Boruc and Jordon Ibe should be available for selection, but Andrew Surman looks like he will still be missing.
Player to watch: Harry Arter
We will be missing Jack Wilshere in midfield so again will go for Harry Arter as the midfield battle on Sunday is going to be important against this Arsenal side.