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Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal: Youngsters Lead the Way

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Saka celebrates goal against Bournemouth

Match Report  Post-Match Press Conference 

Final ResultBournemouth 1-2 Arsenal

Goal Scorers: Bournemouth (Surridge 90+4′), Arsenal (Saka 5′, Nketiah 26′)

Arsenal XI (subs) (4-2-3-1): Martinez; Bellerin (c), Mustafi (Holding 62′), Sokratis, Saka; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Martinelli, Willock (Maitland-Niles 90′), Pepe (Ceballos 69′); Nketiah

Bournemouth hosted Arsenal on a cold Monday night with the lineup I predicted not far off from what Mikel Arteta selected. Eddie Howe’s side is in a poor vein of form going into this game and Bournemouth is currently languishing in 18th, flirting with relegation. Arsenal has problems of their own but when it comes to Cup football, form goes out of the window because it’s the result on the night that matters.

It was good to see the Gunners firing from the kickoff with Bukayo Saka receiving a carefully threaded ball from Gabriel Martinelli and unleashing a surface-to-goal piledriver that smashed the underside of the bar and into the net. That was Saka’s third goal of the season, and to see him score such a brilliant goal while playing as a left back was a pleasurable sight. Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta, had some good words about Saka in his post-match press conference.

Arsenal continued to pummel the Bournemouth defense with Hector Bellerin feeding Joe Willock on the edge of the area. The young midfielder used his upper body strength to shove off his marker and managed to release a shot but the angle was too tight, allowing Travers to make a decent save. That didn’t matter to the Gunners as they went two goals up thanks to Eddie Nketiah. After some intricate passing play in midfield, Saka drilled a cross into the heart of the Bournemouth defense and the ball evaded Martinelli, but Nketiah was on hand to side foot the ball home, sending Travers the wrong. It’s moments like this that shows the manager’s vision for his team as he made it clear that Nketiah was not going anywhere else following the torrid spell at Leeds.

Bournemouth was losing quite alright but they were not going to sleep over and play dead, as Liverpool loanee, Harry Wilson, was unmarked at the far post and showed off his good technique in firing the ball at the Arsenal goal first time, but Emi Martinez reacted well to make a good save. Martinez wasn’t too impressive for one of the corners as he found himself in No Man’s Land but the Bournemouth’s defenders header went wide off the mark. 

Dan Gosling tried an attempt from quite some distance with the ball deflecting off Holding and over the bar. Speaking of Holding, I had expected him to start the game but Arteta opted for Skhodran Mustafi instead. Sadly, Mustafi got injured and had to be stretched out of the field, which was not a good sight. This injury adds more pressure on the club to sign a defender as the ones we have are just dropping like flies. But with reports of the Pablo Mari deal is on the brink of collapsing, it makes you wonder.

Bournemouth finally got what their efforts deserved when Simon Francis’ cross into the Arsenal box reached Sam Surridge’s feet and the young forward passed the ball into the net with Martinez flat footed. However, it was too little, too late for Bournemouth. 

Arsenal’s reward for the victory against Bournemouth is a trip to Fratton Park to play League One outfit, Portsmouth in the Round of 16.

Sayonara.

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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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Arsenal 1-0 Leeds: A Game of Two Halves

Arsenal Reiss Nelson celebrates goal

Nelson celebrates his goal. (via Arsenal.com)

Arsenal (Nelson 55′) 1-0 Leeds. 

Arsenal Player Ratings Arsenal.com Match Review Mikel Arteta’s Post-Match Press Conference

Arsenal hosted Leeds United yesterday evening to earn the right to qualify for the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Gunners knew their work was cut out for them but what the fans witnessed in the first 45 minutes was an aberration to say the least. Emiliano Martinez had to keep his concentration levels high and stay on his wits as he made save after save in the first half with the visitors running the home side ragged.

Leeds began like a house on fire with Kalvin Philips whipping the ball into the Arsenal danger area but Patrick Bamford’s flick sent the ball wide. Just like times past, Arsenal can be the makers of their own destruction by hitting that famous self-destruct button. Rob Holding wanted to feed the ball to Granit Xhaka but he gave possession away to Matheusz Kilch that wasted no time in sending Bamford clean on goal, but Holding showed good recovery to anticipate the shot, deflecting it for a corner kick.

Arsenal’s first attempt on goal was a weak one, with Nicolas Pepe swinging his left boot with the aim of sending a curling effort to the top corner, but debutant goalie, Illan Meslier, was on hand to make a comfortable save. Leeds continued to dominate the game and Martinez was the hero yet again when Jack Harrison executed a neat one-two that left the defense bamboozled before blasting a goal-bound effort that was parried to safety by Arsenal’s shot stopper.

The intense pressure from the visitors continued and this time the Gunners had their cross bar to thank when Harrison rifled in another shot that cannoned off the wood work with Martinez beaten. Leeds kept on piling the pressure with Philips free kick taking a deflection off Ben White’s head, but Martinez had to make a quick reaction save to keep the tie goalless. With 30 minutes on the clock, Leeds had 65% possession at the home of the Gunners.

Arsenal’s first meaningful attempt arrived on the 31st minute when David Luiz evaded his marker and headed Mesut Ozil’s corner wide off the mark. Martinez then proceeded to make what I would regard as the save of the match when Luke Ayling floated a cross from the right that saw Ezgdan Alioski beat Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the air but Martinez found a way to claw the ball from going into the back of the net. It was an incredible save.

Anthony Taylor’s whistle was like a relief to everyone connected with Arsenal as the barrage of attack from Leeds became a major concern. According to the official website, Mikel Arteta shouted at the players at half time to inspire his lads to put up a better outing and boy, it worked!

The Gunners put up an inspired outing in the second 45 minutes, starting with Alexandre Lacazette cliping a free kick that hit the top of the bar before going behind for a goal kick. Lacazette then received a neat pass from Ozil and fired a low effort that saved by Meisler. Matteo Guendouzi, who turned out to be a peripheral figure throughout the game, fashioned a chance for himself at the edge of the area and side-footed a low effort that missed by a lick of paint.

Arsenal finally got the reward for their intensified attacking pressure when Pepe and Lacazette connected well on the right then his attempted cross deflected off Philips to Reiss Nelson’s path that managed to connect with the ball before Meisler could get his hands on it. It was a scrappy as you would ever see but in all honesty, the fans did not care as the Gunners were one up to the good.

The Gunners had a potential claim for a penalty when Gaetano Berardi allegedly fouled Lacazette in the box but Arsenal’s appeals to the ref fell on deaf ears. Arteta made his first substitution by summoning the recently fit Gabriel Martinelli for the goal scorer, Nelson.

The young Brazilian was eager to make up for lost time and turned out to be a constant nuisance to the opposition, with some slick touches showing off his technique. After receiving the ball from Pepe, Martinelli created some space for him and blasted the ball goalwards but White was on hand to make a superb block. The Brazilian had another go at the Leeds defense and was successful with a lovely shot to the far post but Meisler made a good save to deny the Brazilian the goal that would have put the game beyond doubt.

Late on VAR took center stage checking a potential red card for violent conduct when Barry Douglas caught Sokratis on the face but the Leeds defender did not receive a red card. At the sound of the final whistle, Arteta looked like a relieved man for turning around the contest.

With the draws already made, the Gunners will face Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium in the fourth round of the competition.

All focus moves to the crucial fixture against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Sayonara.

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