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'Arsenal have had a big influence on me'

26 Nov 2016
Eddie Howe, Arsene Wenger

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe on how Sunday's opponents have helped shape his career

Eddie Howe says that Arsenal have had a major influence in his managerial career as his AFC Bournemouth team prepare to visit Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

He told afcb.co.uk: "Naturally as a player I would watch the top teams and aspire to be those top players; Arsenal were a side I watched a lot to find ways to improve my own game. 

"Since becoming a manager I do the same thing. Arsenal have had a big influence in my football ideas." 

Artur Boruc (back) and Andrew Surman (hamstring) are both doubts for the Cherries and Howe will definitely be without Jack Wilshere, who is ineligible to play due to the terms of his loan deal.

Adam Smith is back after suspension and Jordon Ibe is available after illness. 

See: Wenger on Wilshere

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