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Portsmouth Preview: Team News, Injuries and Lineups

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Our last victory against Portsmouth

Portsmouth host Arsenal at Fratton Park with the intentions of progressing to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. Arsenal’s last outing against Olympiakos in the Europa League was a bitter pill to swallow with head coach, Mikel Arteta, admitting that lack of Champions League football will be damaging for the club this summer,

“I think the damage caused by the club not being in the Champions League for the third season is really big. 

“Every player in the world wants to play Champions League and, if you talk about having this option on the table, players are in a much more open way to join this club or to renew their contract or to convince anybody because we want to be in that competition. Financially the impact is enormous because the structure of this club is built to be in the Champions League and you can sustain that for one year or two, but then after you have to start making decisions.”

Those decisions will entail selling valuable assets to fund a rebuild, and with Aubameyang highly sought after – with Barcelona in particular keen to bring him to the Camp Nou this summer – there may be some pain in order to put things back together.

“We don’t have margin for error with those decisions, so they have to be very thorough and clear processes of where we have to improve and how we are going to do that, and then go forward with no excuses.”

There’s no time to cry over spilled milk, as there’s the FA Cup tonight, which offers the Gunners a shot of silverware under the new boss, as well as the prospect of yet another Europa League season as the winner of the competition gets an automatic slot in the second tier European tournament.

The last time both sides met in December 2009, Portsmouth was still in the Premier League but things went downhill for the club, as they suffered relegated to League One and almost got into administration twice. Portsmouth has not beaten Arsenal in any competition since winning a league match 5-4 in March 1958, drawing eight and losing 13 since then.

Arsenal Team News

I would expect Mikel Arteta to make some wholesale changes to the squad with half an eye on the West Ham game this coming weekend. Emiliano Martinez is odds on to continue in goal as the club’s cup keeper, while there should be a debut performance for new signing, Pablo Mari, that featured for the Under-23s alongside Rob Holding that is in dire need of games following his return from an ACL injury. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is another player that has found games hard to come by and with Bukayo Saka’s increased importance in the first team, he might get a runout at the back line.

Further up the pitch, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson , Matteo Guendouzi and Gabriel Martinelli will be expected to feature in tonight’s game in their bid to gain match fitness.

Arsenal Predicted Lineup

Arsenal 4-2-3-1 football formation

 

Portsmouth Team News

Portsmouth are in good form coming into the game, with four wins from the last five. The outfit are currently third in the SkyBet League One table and are odds to make a return to the Championship at the end of the season. Top striker, Ronan Curtis, is instrumental in that resurgence, scoring 11 goals in the league for Portsmouth with two more goals in other competitions. He currently has a knock and the club is sweating to get him fit for this all-important contest against Arsenal.

Portsmouth Predicted Lineup

Portsmouth 4-2-3-1 football formation

 

Injury Updates

Arsenal: Kieran Tierney (shoulder), Calum Chambers (knee), Sead Kolasinac (shoulder), Cedric Soares (knee). More updates on Arsenal.com

Portsmouth: Tom Naylor (knock), Ronan Curtis (knock)

Team Form Guide

Arsenal Form

  • Last Five Games: D W W W L
  • Last Result: Arsenal 1-2 Olympiakos
  • Leading Goalscorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (20)

Portsmouth Form

  • Last Five Games: W W L W W
  • Last Result: Portsmouth 3-0 Rochdale
  • Leading Goalscorer: Ronan Curtis (13)

Gooner Daily predicts a 4 – 0 Arsenal win.

Kick Off – 8.45pm (GMT +1) at Fratton Park.

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Bournemouth Preview: Team News, Injury Updates and Predicted Lineups

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Sadly, he will not be available

Bournemouth has struggled badly all season, finding themselves in 18th place after a series of terrible results in the Premier League. The rot ended with a 3-1 win against Brighton, but Eddie Howe’s side know that they are in for a cracker tonight against an Arsenal side under the tutelage and guidance of Mikel Arteta.

Bournemouth have only ever beaten Arsenal once in competitive action. This came in January 2018 where the home side won 2-1. However, the Gunners have won eight of their nine meetings with the latest being the slender 1-0 win from a David Luiz header in October 2019. Arsenal has shown massive improvement under Mikel Arteta but the results have been disappointing with a series of draws that saw the Gunner remain in mid-table. 

Arsenal have progressed from seven of their last eight FA Cup fourth round ties, with their only failure in that run coming last season, losing 3-1 at home to Manchester United. They are still the record FA Cup holders with 13 titles.

Arsenal Team News

Following the spirited and grueling performance at Stamford Bridge, there would be some aching muscles that require some rest. David Luiz is suspended for the contest, but coincidentally Sokratis is fit again after his brief illness, so he is available for selection. There has been so much about Pablo Mari and we remain hopeful that the deal is secured before the transfer window ends on Friday, January 31, 2020.

Here are 10 things you need to know about Pablo Mari.

One big loss will be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, that has scored three goals in four meetings with Bournemouth. Even though he will not be available for selection, he was pictured training with his teammates.

Lacazette hasn’t been on the goals lately, and he will be odds on to start against Burnley this weekend, so I see Eddie Nketiah getting a runout from the start. The club made a conscious effort to keep him, rather than loan him elsewhere, so I will expect that he play in games like these. Dani Ceballos will be another player that will get a start, especially in the wake of the stories linking him with a move away from the club. I’ve shared my thoughts on that matter.

Arsenal Predicted Lineup

Arsenal 4-2-3-1 football formation

Bournemouth Team News

With Bournemouth ravaged with injuries, Eddie Howe has less options to rotate with, but he has enough firepower to threaten the Gunners. Star forward, Callum Wilson was in a long goal brought, but he broke the dunk when he scored his team’s third goal. Such moments can boost a striker’s confidence and he needs it tonight in front of his home fans.

In defense, Bournemouth is boosted by the return of Steve Cook that earned a suspension when he switched from a defender to a goalkeeper in his peak against Norwich.

Bournemouth Predicted Lineup

AFC Bournemouth 4-4-2 football formation

Injury Updates

Arsenal: Kieran Tierney (shoulder), Calum Chambers (knee), Sead Kolasinac (thigh), Reiss Nelson (hamstring). More updates on Arsenal.com

Bournemouth: Chris Mepham (knee), Jack Stacey (hamstring), Charlie Daniels (knee), Arnaut Groeneveld (foot), Junior Stanislas (calf), David Brooks (ankle), Josh King (ankle)

Team Form Guide

Arsenal Form

  • Last Five Games: W W D W D
  • Last Result: Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal
  • Leading Goalscorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (16)

Bournemouth Form

  • Last Five Games: L W L L W
  • Last Result: Bournemouth 3-1 Brighton 
  • Leading Goalscorer: Harry Wilson, Callum Wilson (6)

Gooner Daily predicts a 2 – 0 Arsenal win.

Kick Off – 9.00pm (GMT +1) at Vitality Stadium

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Sheffield Preview: Team News, Injury Updates and Predicted Lineups

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Pepe struggled against Sheffield

Sheffield will be bracing themselves for a revenge clash against their hosts, Arsenal, especially with the fact that they earned all three points when the Gunners visited Bramall Lane on a cold Monday night in October 2019. The history books do not favor Sheffield in this fixture, as they are winless in their last nine visits to Arsenal’s home ground, with their last win coming as far back as October 1971.

Sheffield is performing above expectations this season, sitting in sixth place and having the joint best defense in the league, which is in parity with the runaway leaders, Liverpool. Despite the Mikel Arteta resurgence at Arsenal, the club is closer to the relegation places than catching the top four, so they need three valuable points after today’s encounter with Sheffield.

With Aubameyang unavailable, Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, is hopeful that Alexandre Lacazette and the other players in the attacking department will find their scoring boots,

“It has been confirmed that [Aubameyang] is going to be suspended for three games. “It’s a big shame and a big loss for us, because as well we know Auba’s intention when he plays. But unfortunately he mistimed the tackle, he made a decision and we have to accept it.
 
“He’s been superb under me, he’s trained really well, he’s working so hard. He’s scoring goals and has probably been the most important player on the team. So to lose him, obviously, is really bad news for us.

“Players have to step up. You know, when one of your big players is not there, they have to take responsibility. I’m sure when they’re not playing, they want a chance and they talk. It’s time to talk on the pitch, not outside. You come on there, you make the impact that he made and you sure me that you are as good as him or even better. You have the chance.

“You can help [Lacazette find his goalscoring form] by talking to him and giving him confidence, but that ball has to end up in the net. I think that’s the best medicine for strikers. 

“What we have to try to do is put Laca in positions where he can have as many opportunities to do that as possible during a game.

The players will want to pick up some momentum and get a deserved victory against Sheffield.

Arsenal Team News

The Gunners go into today’s game against Sheffield United without their talismanic striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that was banned for three games following a poorly timed tackle on Crystal Palace’s Max Meyer. 

Calum Chambers (knee) and Kieran Tierney (shoulder) are the long term absentees, and there are fresh fitness concerns for Lucas Torreira (muscle) and Sead Kolasinac (thigh).

Arsenal Predicted Lineup

Arsenal 4-2-3-1 football formation

Sheffield Team News

Chris Wilder has been very consistent in his selection with his back line and midfield starting almost every game in the league this season. He has managed to rotate his forwards, but they have not scored as much as expected. We are in December and Sheffield’s highest goalscorer is Lys Mousset with just five goals.

The Sheffield manager does not have any fresh fitness concerns to deal with.

 

Sheffield Predicted Lineup

Sheffield United 3-5-2 football formation

 

Injury Updates

Arsenal: Kieran Tierney (shoulder), Hector Bellerin (hamstring), Calum Chambers (knee)

Sheffield: Moore (groin), Michael Verrips (face)

Team Form Guide

Arsenal Form

  • Last Five Games: D L W W D
  • Last Result: Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal
  • Leading Goalscorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (16)

Sheffield Form

  • Last Five Games: W D L L W
  • Last Result: Sheffield United 1-0 West Ham United 
  • Leading Goalscorer: Lys Mousset (5)

Gooner Daily predicts a 2 – 0 Arsenal win.

Kick Off – 4.00pm (GMT +1) at Emirates Stadium

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