26 December 2019 live
AFC Bournemouth vs Arsenal
New kid on the block, Mikel Arteta will be looking to stretch his clean sheet after taking charge as Arsenal boss last Saturday. His debut as Arsenal coach ended 0-0 at full-time against Everton. The new boss will be aiming for his first win tomorrow.
Freddy Ljungberg was quickly put aside when the club released, he couldn’t turn the club’s fortune around, leaving the former Arsenal captain Arteta to get his first chance as head coach of a club. The fans are hoping they will see immediate results with Pep’s former pupil.
Arsenal sits 11th place with 23 points against 14th place Bournemouth with 19 points. The North London side has been in a mire of inconsistent performances since the beginning of the season. Arsenal has mustered only one victory in their last six games (DLDWLD) – very poor for a club aiming for European competition. The poor record has led to a change at the top and now the owners will be looking for a positive change in results. Arsenal has recorded 1.3 goals per game this season with an average of 11.8 shots per game. They have scored only 24 goals in 18 premiere league games and have looked like an average side despite having an average ball possession of 54.4%.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be leading the attack once more, hoping to get back to scoring ways. Aubameyang is Arsenal’s highest goal scorer with 11 goals and one assist this season. The Gabon international has the highest number of minutes played (1608) for Arsenal right behind goal-keeper, Bernd Leno (1620).
Bournemouth will be coming off a 1-0 defeat to Burnley and will be desperate to get at least a point against Arsenal. The Cherries have an average of 1 goal per game. A 10.7 shots per game ratio is recorded while scoring only 19 goals in 18 premiere league matches. Bournemouth has lost all their last six matches except for when they met Chelsea (LWLLLL) – no wonder they are 4 points above the relegation zone.
Arsenal will be without Right-Back Calum Chambers who will serve a yellow card suspension in this Boxing day match. Left-Back, Diego Rico will also be serving a yellow card suspension for Bournemouth who have a very long injury list.
This will be Arsenal’s chance to take 3 points against a weak Bournemouth side but if they slip up, we might see another surprising result as when Bournemouth faced Chelsea.
The game kicks off at 3PM (UK Time) at with English referee, Stuart Attwell seeing to the proceedings.
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Venue: Thursday, 26, December 2019.
Kick-off: 3PM (UK time)
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 16:00.