Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is hopeful of having Joshua King back to full fitness for the visit of Arsenal on 7 February. The Gunners travel to Dean Court having not won in their last four Premier League games, a run that has seen them slip from the top of the league to fourth. Bournemouth meanwhile are clawing their way to the 40-point mark and are undefeated in their last four matches, claiming three wins in the process.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Howe was wary of setting such a specific points targets for his side, but maintains the club are on the right track to securing their Premier League status.
"In the league, it is dangerous to set targets of, say, 40 points. We do have some aims and we are on target for those," How said, via the club's Twitter account. "It has been important that we have become harder to beat. We've been resilient and that's full credit to the players."
Ahead of the visit of Arsene Wenger's side, Howe revealed the club are still to make a decision on the fitness of Junior Stanislas, where suffered a knee injury in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland.
King meanwhile could be back in contention. The former Manchester United starlet started and scored in the FA Cup fourth round win over Portsmouth, but had previously missed a number of weeks with a hamstring problem.
"Joshua King now looks like he is returning to full fitness, but we will have to make a late call on Junior Stanislas," Howe claimed.
Sunday's match will see Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe come up against his former club for the first time. The 22-year-old has scored in three of his first four games for the Cherries, continuing the excellent goal-scoring form he has maintained since leaving north London. Ahead of the reunion, the England Under-21 international insists he has no hard feelings over not being given a chance at the Emirates.
"I don't hold any grudges," he told the Guardian. "I've already scored three goals in my last three games so I've got nothing to prove to Arsenal. It was their decision to sell me and I've moved on. It's been years now. I've got great friends there, I've got nothing bad to say about them as a club. I would've liked to have got my chance but it didn't happen."