Arsenal tackle Bournemouth in Premier League action on Wednesday at the Emirates Stadium as they continue their quest to finish in the top four.
Last Sunday, Unai Emery’s side defeated another south coast club in the form of Southampton 2-0 at home to move back into the Champions League qualifying spots, with early goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan easing their passage.
|Game||Arsenal vs Bournemouth|
|Date||Wednesday, February 27|
|Time||8:00pm GMT / 3:00pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via NBC Sports Gold.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|N/A||NBC Sports Gold|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown on television or streamed.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Cech, Leno, Martinez|
|Defenders||Koscielny, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Kolasinac, Medley, Pleguezuelo, Mustafi, Sokratis|
|Midfielders||Elneny, Ramsey, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Willock|
|Forwards||Ozil, Iwobi, Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Nketiah, Suarez, Mkhitaryan|
Arsenal have a familiar list of problems ahead of their midweek clash. Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck remain long-term headaches.
Confirmed Arsenal starting XI: Leno; Jenkinson, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal, Kolasinac; Guendouzi, Torreira; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang.
|Goalkeepers||Boruc, Begovic, Travers|
|Defenders||Ake, Daniels, Rico, Mings, Simpson, Clyne, Smith, Mepham|
|Midfielders||Surman, Pugh, Ibe, Stanislas, Fraser, Ofoborh, Gosling|
|Forwards||Mousset, King, Solanke|
Bournemouth’s squad is currently ravaged by selection problems, which will see them without around half of their regular starters as they make the trip to north London.
Junior Stanislas and Steven Cook are the latest players to join their injury list, which already contained Simon Francis, Lewis Cook, David Brooks and Callum Wilson.
Adding to manager Eddie Howe’s headaches is the suspension of Jefferson Lerma in midfield.
Confirmed Bournemouth starting XI: Boruc; Clyne, Mepham, Ake, Smith; Ibe, Gosling, Surman, Fraser; King, Mousset.
Betting & Match Odds
Arsenal are 2/5 favourites to win this match with bet365. Bournemouth can be backed at 7/1, while a draw is available at 17/4.
Arsenal might have been branded “flat-track bullies” by club legend Paul Merson , but Unai Emery has his side in position to qualify for the Champions League next season as they jumped to fourth in the Premier League standings at the weekend.
A 2-0 win over Southampton was not a flattering reflection of the Gunners’ performance, with early goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan ensuring that they cruised to three points with their seventh victory in succession at the Emirates in the league.
“The focus is on tomorrow, 100 per cent,” he said. “The three points against Bournemouth are the same. Afterwards we can talk about the derby but now the focus has to be on Bournemouth.”
With wins in four of their last five Premier League matches, including a 2-0 win over Chelsea at the Emirates , the Spaniard’s side are heading in the right direction ahead of their weekend clash at Wembley.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, meanwhile, remains optimistic, despite his side losing their last four trips to Arsenal by an aggregate score of 11-1.
“We try and go in to every match with the idea of imposing ourselves. We've had some close games against Arsenal, and we're hoping we can go one better tomorrow night,” he said.
The Cherries, meanwhile, are struggling for form on their travels, with eight successive defeats on the road, in which they have conceded at least two goals in every game.
Against an Arsenal side with their tails up, they will do well to avoid a repeat of their recent misfortunes.