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With the international break coming up soon, both sides will have a two-week hiatus before returning to domestic duties. Arsenal will travel up north to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United on the 21st, while Bournemouth go back to hosting duties at the Vitality Stadium as they look to recover against promoted Norwich two days prior.
The familiar club chant of “1-0 to the Arsenal” is ringing around the Emirates, with Emery’s Gunners having managed to hold on for another win against Bournemouth. Despite fading away in the second half, with the visitors applying more pressure on the hosts’ backline than they did in the first, David Luiz’s goal was enough to settle things and seal the three points. Even though they will leave London with no points, Howe should be encouraged by the start his Cherries made after the interval, and the return of Fraser will be a huge boost to their hopes of staying in the top half of the table. Arsenal’s victory propels them up to third, while Bournemouth move down to 10th.
90' + 4' Callum Wilson finds space from outside the box after being played in by Ake, but his low effort is tame and straight at Leno, who easily collects the ball.
90' + 2' AUBAMEYANG ALMOST MAKES IT 2-0! The excellent Chambers is able to find the Gabon forward following more Arsenal pressure deep inside the Bournemouth half, but the striker is only able to find the woodwork from close range!
90' There will be five minutes of added time to be played.
90' Billing, who has already been cautioned, brings down Torreira with a meaty challenge in the centre circle. Atkinson decides against further punishment though, and Arsenal win a free-kick.
89' Prior to this fixture, the only teams to play more away Premier League games at Arsenal than Bournemouth without winning a point (played four, lost four) are Stoke City (10 games) and Burnley (six)
89' Guendouzi makes a vital interception, clearing away Danjuma’s cut-back as it was about to reach King! The subsequent corner finds Steve Cook, who leaps highest to connect with a header only for the skipper’s chance to go over the bar!
87' Chambers with some excellent defensive work, first intercepting Rico’s long ball forward and sliding it away from the incoming Lerma, capping off another good display by the right-back.
85' Danjuma gets involved again, this time attempting a first-time volley from distance which had a lot of dip but sails harmlessly over Leno’s goal.
84' Another bright Bournemouth counter is wasted, this time by substitute Danjuma who carelessly misplaces his pass following some good attacking play by King.
L. Torreira
B. Saka
83' Emery makes his last substitution of the match by bringing on Torreira for more solidity in the Gunners midfield in place of the effervescent Saka.
82' Willock finds Martinelli at the edge of the box, and the latter attempts to continue his good form in front of goal only for his curler to go over the bar.
80' Fraser trips Kolasinac from behind, resulting in the latter clutching his ankle while down on the pitch. The Bosnia left-back is able to play on, though.
S. Francis
J. Stacey
79' Howe completes his round of substitutions by making a like-for-like substitution at right-back, with Francis coming on for Stacey.
A. Groeneveld
H. Wilson
79' Harry Wilson, who has been quiet for the most part, comes off for new signing Danjuma.
77' Despite some good pressure from the substitute Willock, Lerma still manages to shoot from distance only for the Cherries midfielder’s effort to go high and wide.
76' Martinelli does well to win a corner off of Steve Cook. Saka’s out-swinger is headed away by Ake, but the Gunners retain possession once more.
J. Willock
Dani Ceballos
75' The fluid Ceballos, who had a bright first-half before slightly fading away in the second, makes way for another young Gunner in the form of Willock.
73' Billing’s pass is blocked by Atkinson in the centre circle, who stops play for a contested drop-ball much to the chagrin of the home faithful.
Yellow Card
72' Martinelli’s youthful exuberance gets him a yellow card following a clumsy challenge on Harry Wilson.
70' Ake does well to intercept Martinelli’s lofted pass towards Aubameyang, but the subsequent corner is poor and Chambers is unable to properly connect with the ball to fashion any kind of chance.
68' Prior to this fixture, Arsenal only had a better 100%-win ratio in home games in all competitions against Gainsborough Trinity (8 wins), Reading (6) and Stockport County (6) than against Bournemouth (5). 
66' David Luiz goes down following another Bournemouth corner. Replays show that Kolasinac had bundled over his ankle whilst defending that Cherries set-piece, and the Brazil centre-back is being looked at by the club medic as play is stopped.
64' Ceballos is felled after intercepting the corner. The away support are claiming that the Spain midfielder handled the ball, but Atkinson isn’t budging.
64' Harry Wilson finds King out on the wing, and the latter whips the ball into the box looking for the onrushing Fraser but Chambers is able to get ahead of the substitute and clear the ball away for another Cherries corner.
R. Fraser
D. Solanke
63' Howe also makes a change of his own by bringing on last season’s star player Fraser for the ineffective Solanke.
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63' The Emirates faithful give Pepe a standing ovation as the new signing comes off for youngster Martinelli in his first-ever Premier League appearance.
60' Bournemouth are in the ascendancy now and are looking more motivated than they had ever been during that first-half. In the meantime, Martinelli, who impressed against Standard Liege last week, is being readied to come on.
58' Billing holds off Saka in midfield and tries one from distance, but it goes well wide of Leno’s right. Goal kick to the Gunners.
56' Leno, who hasn’t had a great deal to do all game, is forced to tip the ball behind following more Bournemouth pressure. Rico’s corner is headed away at the near-post though, but the Cherries win a throw-in in the process.
53' Bournemouth concede another corner under pressure. Pepe’s in-swinger is headed behind by Lerma for another corner, but Ceballos’ delivery is poor and cleared away at the first opportunity.
51' BOURNEMOUTH SQUANDER A CHANCE TO LEVEL THINGS! Excellent hold-up play by Solanke who finds Callum Wilson near the edge of the box, and the latter weaves his way through the Gunners’ defence and rounds Leno only for his cut-back to find no teammates and Chambers clears the danger away! Good stuff from the Cherries, who have started the second half very impressively.
49' Atkinson has halted play so that Guendouzi can receive some medical attention after being felled by a stray arm from Lerma. The France midfielder is okay though, and play resumes.
47' Callum Wilson breaks forward with intent and tries to play in the onrushing Solanke, but Sokratis makes an important interception and it’s now Arsenal’s turn to go on the offense only for Aubameyang to get stopped in his tracks by a brilliant challenge by Ake!
46' No changes for either side at the interval, which is a surprise for the away side given their turgid first-half display earlier on.
46' Bournemouth get play restarted as the second half gets underway!
Emery will want another goal or two to seal the deal for his team, with Aubameyang quieter than he has been this season, while Howe will be looking for a more improved second-half display from the likes of creator-in-chief Harry Wilson and Joshua King as he will be aware of Arsenal’s defensive flaws that can be exploited at any time.
Despite barely getting out of second gear, Arsenal had looked very comfortable throughout the first half with their opponents barely making any significant threats bar Solanke’s missed header from close range. David Luiz’s first goal as a Gunner set the tone for his side, with Ceballos and Guendouzi dictating play from midfield and the youngster Saka carrying on from where he left off at Old Trafford last Monday with another impressive attacking performance. Bournemouth, on the other hand, have been chasing shadows for the majority of the game, with their backline looking more anxious as the half wore on.
45' There will be two minutes of added time to be played.
44' Xhaka fouls Callum Wilson near the centre circle, and the visitors have another chance to square things via a set-piece. Rico’s free-kick is very poor though, as it didn’t even make it past the first man in the Gunners’ box.
43' Kolasinac searches for Pepe out on the far post, and the latter is felled by Rico from behind! Atkinson elects to review the VAR footage despite a lack of protests from the home side, and is content with not awarding a penalty like last time.
41' Ceballos nutmegs Billing with a great bit of skill, but nothing more comes of it as Arsenal lose the ball yet again in a promising position.
40' King does well to beat Chambers out on the wing and squares it to Lerma who was waiting outside the Gunners’ area, but the shot lacks accuracy and goes high and wide of Leno’s goal.
39' Callum Wilson lays the ball off to Solanke in a dangerous position, but the latter’s touch is too heavy and Arsenal clear the danger away, ending a promising Cherries attack in the process.
36' Ceballos finds the onrushing Chambers on the opposite wing with a lovely dinked ball, but the Arsenal right-back’s attempt at a volley is poor and sails well wide of Ramsdale’s goal.
35' Great run by the impressive Saka, who still manages a shot on target despite pressure from Stacey who had tracked him down from out on the wing.
33' Saka does very well to win the ball off Stacey and plays it to Ceballos, who squares it to Guendouzi whose effort outside the box is blocked by the Bournemouth defence.
31' Ramsdale stays down after he and Aubameyang clash in the Cherries’ box in an attempt to win the ball. Play stops as the goalkeeper is being looked at by the club’s medic, but he eventually gets back up and is okay to carry on.
J. Stacey
Yellow Card
29' Stacey makes a heavy touch with his chest as Bournemouth try to fashion something in attack, and subsequently loses the ball to Kolasinac, who he drags down in an attempt to win it back. He receives the game’s and Bournemouth’s second caution as a result.
27' Ceballos stays down after King tries to win the ball off of the Spain playmaker near the touchline, but no foul is given. The Gunners midfielder does get back up, albeit gingerly.
26' 11 of David Luiz’s 12 Premier League goals have been scored in London, with 10 of those coming in home games for both Arsenal and Chelsea (one at Fulham, one at Liverpool).
24' Upon reviewing the footage, Atkinson decides to wave away calls for a spot-kick and hands Arsenal a corner instead! Dubious decision there, as Rico's heavy-handed approach in taking down Pepe in the box seemed a cast-iron decision to award the Gunners a spot-kick!
23' Pepe is bundled over in the box by Rico, and Arsenal appeal for a penalty! Further replays show that while Rico gets a touch on the ball, he brings down the Arsenal winger with such force that it has to be reviewed under VAR!
22' Arsenal win another corner, but Ceballos’ delivery is too long and Bournemouth head away. The home side retain the ball though and win another corner off of Rico on the other wing.
20' Stacey loses the ball in the Gunners’ half and the home side retain possession yet again. Emery’s side are looking comfortable so far, but with Solanke and Callum Wilson up-front, they still have a chance at nicking an equaliser.
19' UNLUCKY FROM PEPE! Arsenal break forward with purpose, with Saka dictating play yet again, and he squares it to Pepe who tries to curl it from his favoured side only for the chance to fly just over Ramsdale’s bar!
17' Callum Wilson is bundled over by Ceballos near the wing, and Bournemouth have a chance with this free-kick. Rico’s delivery is excellent, but Solanke’s header goes well wide from seven yards out.
15' Bournemouth win their first corner of the game, but Rico’s outswinging set-piece finds King who heads his chance harmlessly wide. Goal kick to Arsenal.
P. Billing
Yellow Card
13' Referee Atkinson hands the game’s first caution to Billing, who came in late on Guendouzi with a strong challenge.
11' Bournemouth are looking very nervy at the back, with Ake and company in the Cherries’ backline already under pressure from Arsenal’s attacking trident up-front.
N. Pépé
9' Pepe continues his bright start to London life in Arsenal colours with another assist, a pin-point corner which managed to find his target and hand an early advantage to the Gunners.
David Luiz
9' GOOOOAAAALLL!! DAVID LUIZ MAKES IT 1-0 TO THE GUNNERS! A really good header from the Brazil centre-back, who evades his markers in the box to nod it past Ramsdale following a good corner from Pepe!
6' CLOSE FROM AUBAMEYANG! The in-form Gabon striker doesn’t get enough curl on the ball as he tries an effort from outside the box following more good play from the Gunners and Saka in particular, and all Ramsdale could do is to watch the ball sail wide of his left.
4' Saka, who had impressed in last week’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United, wins Arsenal’s first corner. The set-piece is played short, but Aubemeyang manages to win another corner off of Ake on the other side of the pitch. That too comes to nothing, with the Cherries clearing the danger away.
3' Guendouzi thinks he has won the game’s first corner following some intricate play from Aubameyang and Pepe, but the referee awards Bournemouth a goal kick instead.
2' Both sides are feeling their way into the game in these first couple of minutes, with passes going astray and long balls being headed away.
1' The hosts are out in their home colours of red and white, while the visitors are sporting their away kit in all-black.
1' Referee Martin Atkinson blows his whistle, and Arsenal get us underway at the Emirates Stadium!
The players are out and kick-off is drawing near.
Bournemouth have lost their last three Premier League matches in London, conceding five goals in every game. In top-flight history, no team have ever conceded five or more in four consecutive away matches in London (Birmingham in 1957 and Sunderland 1969 had also lost three in a row).
On the contrary, Howe resists the opportunity to make changes to the side that drew 2-2 against West Ham at the Vitality Stadium last weekend having named the same starting XI that turned out against the Hammers. Despite doubts over his fitness, Harry Wilson is fit enough to start out on the right side of midfield, and Fraser is named among the substitutes despite also being a doubt through illness.
Emery makes wholesale changes from the side that thrashed Standard Liege, with Ceballos the only starter from Thursday after impressing at the Emirates last week. Hector Bellerin, who skippered the side during that win, isn’t part of the matchday squad, but Tierney is named among the substitutes along with Martinelli, who capped off an impressive display against the Belgian outfit by bagging his second brace in two senior starts. The youngster should have more chances to impress today, given that Alexandre Lacazette is still sidelined with an injury.
SUBSTITUTES: Ryan Fraser, Lewis Cook, Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld, Artur Boruc, Simon Francis, Lloyd Kelly, Andrew Surman.
BOURNEMOUTH XI (4-4-2): Aaron Ramsdale; Jack Stacey, Steve Cook (c), Nathan Ake, Diego Rico; Harry Wilson, Philip Billing, Jefferson Lerma, Joshua King; Callum Wilson, Dominic Solanke.
SUBSTITUTES: Rob Holding, Emiliano Martinez, Gabriel Martinelli, Kieran Tierney, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lucas Torreira, Joe Willock.
ARSENAL XI (4-3-3): Bernd Leno; Calum Chambers, Sokratis, David Luiz, Sead Kolasinac; Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka (c), Matteo Guendouzi; Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka.
And without further ado, let’s take a look at how both sides line up, starting with the hosts.
In spite of their defensive frailties though, Bournemouth are only a point behind their hosts after making an encouraging start to their campaign which has propelled them to eighth in the league after only two losses, one of them being against champions Manchester City over a month ago. Eddie Howe’s Cherries have the pace and the talent to trouble the hosts’ backline, but it will be a tough ask for them to emerge from the Emirates with anything more than a point.    
Arsenal’s 4-0 rout of Standard Liege in the Europa League now makes it seven games in all competitions without a loss since their 3-1 defeat at Liverpool back in late August. Despite their recent unbeaten run, Unai Emery’s sixth-placed Gunners still have an air of vulnerability about them, especially with matches that they’re expected to win. However, with star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in sterling form, they remain strong favourites against a side who have yet to keep a clean sheet in the league.
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