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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

Sheffield away

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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Crystal Palace Preview: Team News, Injury Updates and Predicted Lineups

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

Mustafi doing Mustafi things

Crystal Palace hosts Arsenal in today’s lunchtime fixture in what should be a pulsating encounter. Last season on this same patch of Earth known as Selhurst Park, the Gunners shared the spoils with their hosts, no thanks to two well taken penalties from the master dead ball specialist, Luka Milovojevic.

Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, spoke about the difficulties of playing on that ground,

“Every time I played there, I suffered. It was always tough. It is a very complicated stadium. Roy Hodgson is a manager with incredible experience and what he is doing there, it is impressive and it will be tough.

The manager is in the news for all the right reasons, getting results both on and off the pitch. There was a time this season where Granit Xhaka reached an all time low with the fans and was odds on to leave the club in January. Arteta had some discussions with him and convinced Xhaka to stay, which is a major plus for all concerned. Mesut Ozil also spoke highly of the new gaffer, stating he has brought the old virtues to the club.

With the renewed sense of optimism at the club, today’s game against Crystal Palace will represent how much more progress the club has made in the short stint Arteta has had with the Emirates. 

Arsenal Team News

Calum Chambers (knee) and Kieran Tierney (shoulder) are currently the major absentees in the squad, although there were some concerns with club captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (illness) but he should be back in contention.

Hector Bellerin’s hamstring still remains a cause for concern and Arsenal is still short on options in that position. Ainsley Maitland-Niles holds the fort, and Arsenal attempted an experiment with Sokratis Papastathopoulos, but the Sun reported that the Gunners are in talks to sign Brazilian teenage sensation, Yan Couto this summer. 

Lucas Torreira managed to get some rest in the FA Cup clash with Leeds, so he will be fresh for today’s encounter, because he will face some dogged opposition in the forms of James McCarthy, James McArthur and Cheikhou Kouyate. 

Arsenal Predicted Lineup

Arsenal 4-2-3-1 football formation

Crystal Palace Team News

Roy Hodgson took to youth for his FA Cup encounter against Derby County and received some embarrassment from the Sky Bet Championship outfit. There was some insult added to injury when club captain, Milovojevic, received his matching orders in that game and will serve a three-match ban. 

Crystal Palace secured the services of Cenk Tosun on loan from Everton, so he will be odds on to make his home debut. The Turkish forward lived his best life in Besiktas before switching to the Premier League and he struggled ever since. 

Crystal Palace Predicted Lineup

Crystal Palace 4-3-3 football formation

Injury Updates

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

Crystal Palace: Patrick van Aanholt (hamstring), Joel Ward (knee), Scott Dann (muscle), Mamadou Sakho (hamstring), Jeffery Schlupp (muscle), Andros Townsend (knock), Christian Benteke (muscle), Luka Milovojevic (suspension)

Team Form Guide

Arsenal Form

  • Last Five Games: D D L W W
  • Last Result: Arsenal 1-0 Leeds United
  • Leading Goalscorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (15)

Crystal Palace Form

  • Last Five Games: L W D D L
  • Last Result: Crystal Palace 0-1 Derby County 
  • Leading Goalscorer: Jordan Ayew (5)

Gooner Daily predicts a 3 – 1 Arsenal win.

Kick Off – 1.30pm at Selhurst Park

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