Bournemouth have bigger things to focus upon than a cup tie with Arsenal at present, though Eddie Howe will have been delighted to see his side record a crucial home victory over Brighton last Tuesday.
However, the Seagulls aren’t great travellers (only Norwich have picked up fewer points on the road) and Bournemouth’s run of 10 defeats from 12 encounters with Premier League opposition prior to that can’t be overlooked.
The Gunners are now unbeaten in five as Mikel Arteta’s ideas begin to take shape. Victories over Man Utd and Leeds have been followed by stalemates with Palace, Sheffield Utd and Chelsea, but each of those sides they failed to beat are faring much better than the Cherries this season.
Arsenal To Beat Bournemouth
Despite their win last time out, Bournemouth remain inside the relegation zone on goal difference, with an inability to find the net particularly prominent as only two teams have scored fewer goals this season.
Eddie Howe’s side have drawn a blank in four of their last five in the league, while their defensive record against the top teams has long been suspect.
Indeed, they’ve shipped exactly three goals in half their eight meetings with the ‘Big Six’ or Leicester this term, while going back to 2017/18, they’ve gone a pitiful W6-D1-L27 from 34 outings across all competitions against either the ‘Big Six’ or this season’s Foxes.
Add the fact they have a vital league clash against Aston Villa just five days after this fixture, and you’d imagine their priorities will lie elsewhere.
Gabriel Martinelli To Score Anytime
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will serve the last of his three-game ban, but with the likes of Gabriel Martinelli showing his quality in his absence, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
The Brazilian has netted against both Sheffield Utd and Chelsea in his only two starts under Arteta, as he looks to be the real deal for the Gunners.
Moreover, the hosts have a minor injury crisis of their own and the 18-year-old looks the best bet to capitalise on their weakened side.
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