Bournemouth v Arsenal Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal

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Thursday, December 26, 2019


Vitality Stadium

Punter's Pick

Despite their poor away form, the Gunners can still call upon impressive firepower, and against an injury ravaged home side/defence they should be backed to win at 19/20 with Betfair. New manager Mikel Arteta will be looking to captain and leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to lead from the front, and the striker is an appealing 11/4 to open the scoring with Bet365.

Arsenal’s new manager Mikel Arteta kicks off his reign at the struggling North London giants with a relatively kind fixture away at injury hit and out of form Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

Third time lucky for Gunners

With Unai Emery’s one and a bit season reign over, and Freddie Ljungberg’s even shorter and pretty disastrous stint as caretaker manager also at the end, it has been a tumultuous time at Arsenal, in stack contrast to the stable time enjoyed under Arsene Wenger’s long tenure. Arsenal have now gambled on an untested and untried manager in the shape of former captain Mikel Arteta, who has built his reputation alongside Pep Guardiola as Manchester City’s number 2.

The Spanaird inherits a squad with plenty of talent in the attacking third, but in desperate need of a major rebuild in midfield and defence, and arguably even in goal. Arsenal have already shipped an incredible 27 goals so far in the Premier League this season, meaning Arteta’s first priority will be to stem the bleeding at the back before they can even think about climbing the table. Elsewhere captain and talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has cut a forlorn figure in recent weeks, look increasingly disillusioned by the efforts of those around him. With just over one year left on his contract he may not figure in Arteta’s long term plans if he continues to cut such an isolated figure.

Bournemouth injuries hitting hard

Arsenal’s opponents on Boxing Day have their own problems, as Bournemouth start the day in 14th position in the league, just four points outside the relegation zone. One win in seven games tells its own story, as the bright start the Cherries made to the season already looks a distant memory. Injuries have of course severely impacted Eddie Howe’s team, with almost weekly disruption from someone else picking up a problem forcing a reshuffle of his ever thinning resources week to week. With the brutal festive period about to kick off, the Cherries with their limited resources are in real danger of being left in the relegation zone by the turn of the year. With crunch clashes against fellow strugglers Watford and Norwich City also on the horizon in January, Eddie Howe’s team faces a tricky period that will define the second half of their season.

Team News

Mesut Ozil is back in contention after missing the 0-0 draw with Everton through a combination of alleged injury and indiscipline after kicking his gloves away the previous week when substituted. Calum Chambers is suspended but Hector Bellerin and Dani Ceballos might return after thigh injuries, whilst young winger Bukayo Saka is likely to have to continue at left back.

Bournemouth have the usual raft of injuries to contend with, now compounded with Diego Rico missing through suspension. Key defender Nathan Ake has also not recovered and will miss out, leaving the Cherries potentially fatally short at the back.

Comfortable start for Arteta?

Given the huge injury list the home side have to contend with, and also the usual ‘new manager’ bounce that so often accompanies the start of a new managerial tenure, it is difficult to see how the struggling Cherries will get much out of this fixture. For all their flaws the Gunners can still click into gear as an attacking unit in patches of brilliant attacking play, and should have more than enough quality to see off the hosts.

Punter's Pick

Despite their poor away form, the Gunners can still call upon impressive firepower, and against an injury ravaged home side/defence they should be backed to win at 19/20 with Betfair. New manager Mikel Arteta will be looking to captain and leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to lead from the front, and the striker is an appealing 11/4 to open the scoring with Bet365.

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