Unable to win even in the last four matches and out of the European tournament qualifying zone, Arsenal face Bournemouth on Sunday, 14 January. Scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m., the game will be held at Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth. The clash is part of the schedule of the twenty-third round of the English Championship 2017/2018 edition.
Bournemouth’s recent performance
It is quite similar to the relationship of the last games of Bournemouth in relation to Arsenal. In the four most recent matches, the team tied three times. However, as he has won the other game, he can proclaim that he is in an unbeaten sequence. It is a positive bias that also takes into account the more modest pretensions of the club, whose sole and exclusive goal is to avoid relegation.
Thus, with 21 points (five wins, six draws and 11 losses), it fulfills the goal. Rounded out 22 in the sixteenth position, with just one point ahead of Stoke, eighteenth and first in the sticking region.
However, the fragility of the team can be demonstrated more clearly in the confrontation with Wigan, of the Third Division. Playing at home for the FA Cup, Bournemouth did not pass the 2-2 draw. Now they will have to fight for their survival in the competition at the opponents’ stadium.
Certainly this is not the biggest concern of coach Eddie Howe, who really thinks about taking the team away from the relegation zone. To do so, he will have to manage some possible casualties to face Arsenal. They are in the care of the medical department the defender Tyrone Mings (two games in English Championship 2017/2018, without goal); midfielder Junior Stanislas (ten games, one goal); and attackers Jermain Defoe (15 games, three goals) and Joshua King (18 games, two goals).
The current form of Arsenal
Arsenal have also drawn three of their last four games. However, the series gains negative bias by having the London club been defeated in the other confrontation. So he has not yet achieved a victory in 2018.
Although the most recent equality that was achieved in the classic against Chelsea on Wednesday, December 10, can not be considered bad since it allowed the club to play on an equal footing in the back game, which will be held in their domains, by the semi-finals in the FA Cup, the other draws compromised his performance in the Premier League.
With 39 points (11 wins, six draws and five losses), the club ranks sixth in the standings. It is outside the classification zone for continental tournaments. However, the worst result of the 2018 series was the 4-2 defeat by Nottingham Forest of the Second Division, who took the Gunners out of the England Cup brawl.
Rumors about possible transfers are also not helping to improve the club environment. Coach Arséne Wenger has insisted he wants to keep midfielder Mesut Ozil (18 matches in English Premier League 2017/2018, four goals) and striker Alexis Sanchez (19 matches, seven goals). Both will have the contracts closed at the end of the season. So if the club does not negotiate them in the January transfer window, it will lose the athletes without receiving any compensation.
Sanchez has his name linked to Manchester City, who would be willing to pay to count on the athlete as of January. After all, with the injury of the Brazilian Gabriel Jesus, there is only the Argentine Sérgio Aguero to command the attack. The Chilean made it clear that he wants to leave. It remains to be seen if Wenger will maintain his position.
History of the bouts between Bournemouth and Arsenal
Arsenal have never lost to Bournemouth. The encounters were not many, only five, but the Gunners won four of them. The most recent in the first round of the English Championship 2017/2018 by 3 to 0.
The style “plays to the side to see how it is” has been one of the main responsible for the points lost to Arsenal. The team is only incisive for the attack in the second half or when they are at a disadvantage in the marker. Wenger does not seem willing to change this form of play, which he has adopted for a long time.
Despite playing at home, Bournemouth should not adopt a very different tactic. After all, you know your technical limitations. This makes the draw a good guess. It has a quotation of 4,10 in Rivalo. Victory of the owners of the house pays 4.80 and success of the gunners yields 1,65.