Things at Arsenal are in a state of flux. Alexis Sanchez may be sold to Manchester City any day now, or to Manchester United, or not at all. The club is winless in its last four matches in all competitions, the longest drought in almost two years. Arsene Wenger is watching from the stands - he serves the last game of his three-match touchline ban in Sunday’s match.
But somehow, the club has also managed points in its last five Premier League matches (2-3-0), and they’ll look to keep that streak alive at Bournemouth. The Cherries are currently 16th in the table, just one point above the drop. When these two sides met at the Emirates in September, the Gunners cruised to a 3-0 win on the strength of an Alexandre Lacazette goal and a Danny Welbeck brace. This is a match they should win.
The Gunners may finally be coming out of the injury crisis they’ve been dealing with the past month. Both Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere returned to training on Saturday, and both are expected to be available for selection. According to Arsene Wenger, Mesut Özil has a 50/50 a shot to play, and Sead Kolašinac has an outside shot of being fit. Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal are expected back next week, and Olivier Giroud the week after.
Hopefully Aaron Ramsey’s return, whether against Bournemouth on Sunday or next week against Crystal Palace, will jump-start Alexandre Lacazette. If Arsenal are to have any hope of making the top four, they will need the Frenchman to rediscover his scoring touch. Lacazette hasn’t scored in eight appearances; his last goal came against Manchester United in early December, assisted by...Aaron Ramsey.
Bournemouth will be without striker Jermain Defoe and defender Tyrone Mings. Striker Josh King and midfielder Junior Stanislas are doubtful for Sunday’s match.
WHAT: Arsenal at Bournemouth
WHERE: Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth
WHEN: Sunday, January 14th, 5:30 AM PT | 8:30 AM ET | 1:30 PM BST
US TV: NBCSN. Stream here.
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