Bournemouth v Arsenal: All you need to know

25 Sep 2023
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We look at the key talking points, team news and stats ahead of Saturday's match

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AFC Bournemouth will be hoping to earn their first Premier League win of the season when they host Arsenal on Saturday.

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Andoni Iraola's side have drawn two of their three matches at Vitality Stadium, with their last encounter there being a 0-0 stalemate against Chelsea.

Arsenal travel to the south coast unbeaten in their last six top-flight matches and having won both of their away fixtures 1-0 against Crystal Palace and Everton respectively.

Indeed, if Arsenal do beat Bournemouth, it will be the first time since 2013/14 that they have won their opening three away matches in the competition.

Team news

Bournemouth have concerns about the availability of top-scorer Dominic Solanke, Tyler Adams and Luis Sinisterra.

Arsenal's Declan Rice, Leandro Trossard, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka are all being monitored, while William Saliba and Fabio Vieira are doubts and will also be assessed.

Last five meetings

4 March 2023: Arsenal 3-2 AFC Bournemouth
20 August 2022: AFC Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal
26 Dec 2019: AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal
6 October 2019: Arsenal 1-0 AFC Bournemouth
27 February 2019: Arsenal 5-1 AFC Bournemouth

Key facts

Bournemouth will be hoping to make it two wins from 13 against Arsenal (W1 D2 L9), picking up their single victory in a 2-1 home win in

Iraola is winless in each of his six Premier League matches in charge of Bournemouth (D3 L3) – the last manager to have a longer winless start with all fixtures coming within the same season was Aston Villa's Remi Garde, with nine matches, in 2015/16.

Arsenal have taken the lead in all six Premier League matches this season, although they have failed to go on and win two of those games, drawing with Fulham and Spurs at the Emirates.

The Gunners have scored at least once in all 12 of their Premier League matches against Bournemouth, netting 29 goals in total. Of sides they've faced at least 10 times in the competition, only against Hull City (2.5) Arsenal have a higher goals-per-match average than they do against the Cherries (2.4).

What the managers had to say

Andoni Iraola: "We have to be ready, we have to prepare well for the game. I think we have to keep doing the things that we did the other day against Brighton, but we have to try and be more efficient.”

Mikel Arteta: "The objective is going to be the same - to be better than Bournemouth - and beat them. Let's see what happens."

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