Arsenal host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday, 27 November as the Gunners look to return to winning ways after drawing three games on the bounce in all competitions. The Gunners have dropped to fourth in the table and with the teams above them winning this weekend, it would be imperative for them to stay in the race.
Where to watch live
Kick-off is set for 2:15pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 1 HD.
Arsenal come into the game on the back of a hard fought draw against Paris Saint-Germain in the group stages of the Champions League, which has put their dreams of topping the group into a quandary. The game ended 2-2 allowing PSG to go top on away goals and should the Gunners fail to better the French club's result on the final match day, the north London club will qualify to the round of 16 as the second placed team yet again and are left susceptible to another tough draw in Europe.
Their last two league games were against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, both of which ended in a 1-1 draw, leading to the Gunners dropping four crucial points. Santi Cazorla is still a few weeks away from recovery while Lucas Perez is back in training, but will not be available this weekend. The north London club do not have any injury worries from midweek and are likely to revert to Alexis Sanchez up front, with Olivier Giroud being brought in as the super-sub.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth are likely to be without Artur Boruc and Andrew Surman for their game against the Gunners with respective injuries, while Jack Wilshere is ineligible for the fixture. This is the fourth time that Eddie Howe's men will go head-to-head against the north London club, having lost all the last three, conceding seven goals, without scoring once in the process.
The Cherries have won their last game against Stoke City 1-0, having previously succumbed to a loss to Sunderland. The victory was only their first away win in the league this season and have to play out of their skin if they have to take anything against the Gunners.
What Managers Say
Arsene Wenger: "I believe we have to find our game back. We didn't lose but if you do not create, that will not last. It's important that we find our simplicity, speed and pacy combinations back. We missed that fluency, and that security in our decision-making that made us dangerous in the final third a little bit. That is what is at stake for us."
Eddie Howe: "[On Wilshere]He will be a big miss for us. I feel Jack has got better each week. When I look back at the last game against Stoke, he was excellent for us and was the key link between midfield and attack. Also his defensive displays for me have been superb and are undervalued, how good he is without the ball, how clever he is with the positions he takes up to protect our midfield."
Betting odds (betfair)
- Arsenal win: 4/9
- Draw: 4
- Bournemouth win: 15/2
Possible XI: Cech; Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs; Xhaka, Ramsey; Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi; Sanchez
Possible XI: Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Gosling, Ake; Stanislas, Arter, King; Wilson