Everything you need to know as Arsene Wenger’s men look to bounce back from their terrible start to the season against the Cherries
ARSENAL will be looking for home comforts after a disastrous couple of games on the road.
Following a dramatic 4-3 win at home to Leicester on the opening day, the Gunners lost 1-0 at Stoke before being humiliated 4-0 at Liverpool.
But Eddie Howe’s Cherries could be the perfect team to face as they sit in the bottom three without a point from their first three games.
Here is everything you need to know about the showdown.
When is Arsenal vs Bournemouth?
Arsenal will take on Bournemouth on Saturday September 9.
The Premier League clash will be held at the Emirates stadium and kick off at 3pm.
What TV channel is showing Arsenal vs Bournemouth?
The match will not be broadcast live, due to the Saturday 3pm restrictions.
However, you can keep tabs on the all the Premier League action on talkSPORT.
Alternatively, follow coverage of the match with our live blog.
Arsenal will have to change their starting XI from the one that was thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool after the exit of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
But that could see Sead Kolasniac return on the left with Hector Bellerin moving to the right.
Arsene Wenger will also have to decide on whether or not to change formation to a 4-4-2 after the dismal display at Anfield.
Eddie Howe has some good news with Benik Afobe and and Nathan Ake both set to return for Bournemouth.
But Simon Francis could miss out due to a hamstring problem.
- Arsenal’s three home meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions have all ended in victory, with
the most recent being a 3-1 win in November last season.
- Bournemouth have only avoided defeat once in all competitions against the Gunners – this came at the Vitality Stadium last season, when the Cherries let a three-goal lead slip to draw 3-3 in January in the Premier League.
- Arsenal have won their last 23 home Premier League matches against sides who started that day in the relegation zone, since drawing 4-4 with Spurs in October 2008.
- Arsenal have not lost three of their opening four games to a league campaign since 1982-83 (W0 D1 L3 – finished 10th).
- The Gunners haven’t suffered three successive Premier League defeats since January 2012.
- Arsenal have conceded on average 1.43 goals per league game in 2017, their highest rate in a calendar year since 1965 (1.77).
- Since winning three of their first four Premier League trips to London (L1), Bournemouth have lost five of their last six (D1), losing most recently 0-4 to Spurs in April last season.
- Arsenal have allowed their opponents an xG (expected goals) total of 5.3 in their three Premier League games this season; this is higher than their own xG total of 4.6.
- Bournemouth have started the league season with three defeats – they have lost their opening four games to a league campaign on only two previous occasions: 1994-95 and 1983-84 (both in the third tier).
- There have been just eight previous instances of a side losing their opening four games to a Premier League season; the last being Southampton in 2012-13. Of these eight sides, four have been relegated.
- Arsene Wenger has won more Premier League matches at Arsenal (458 of 793 games) than the other 19 managers in the competition have won in the competition at their current clubs combined (379 of 907 games).
- Jermain Defoe has scored against Arsenal for three different clubs in the Premier League (West Ham, Tottenham & Sunderland) – the only player to have scored versus the Gunners in the competitition for more clubs is Darren Bent (5).
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