AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal are hardly the best of friends when it comes to league football. The two team have only ever met twice and one of the meetings was only six weeks ago.
Back then Arsenal were title contenders with the press touting that this was best opportunity that they had in many a year. Seems since December 2015 the wheels haven’t quite fallen off, but have certainly wobbled a little. The form guide shows that the Gunners have managed to win one game in the last five and that was against relegation-threatened Newcastle. Since then they have lost to Chelsea and drawn with Stoke, Southampton and Liverpool.
In the same time the Cherries have managed to pick up two wins against Crystal Palace and Norwich and two draws against Sunderland and high-flying Leicester. The pundits and experts see this game as the ideal opportunity for Arsenal to get their promotion hopes back on track. Good to see we are written off once again by the ‘people in the know’.
We are TFTSE Towers see things a little differently. We are not going to go all gung-ho and say we are going to win 3-0, but the game is set t be a lot closer than many think. We will create chances and so will Arsenal, its just a matter of who takes their chances (more of this later).
ARSENAL, ARSENAL WHAT’S THE SCORE?
Making a score prediction is never easy. Well it is easy, but we generally get it wrong. AFC Bournemouth have never scored against Arsenal (in the two games they have played each other). However, things are about to change. An early start for Arsenal means they are going to be a bit groggy and Bournemouth are going to get an early goal. Let’s see how quick Mertesacker really is. Afobe is going to score and Arsenal will sneal a goal just after half-time. 1-1.
WHO’S GOT THE STRIKER IN FORM?
Bournemouth’s Benik Afobe ranks as the Premier League’s seventh most in-form forward. The 22-year-old has netted three goals in his four league games. His three strikes have come from just eight shots giving Afobe the best conversion rate of any player in the list, 38 per cent. While his shot accuracy currently stands at a healthy 57% per cent. Bournemouth host Arsenal on Sunday, a team that have kept four clean sheets in their last six games.