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Arsenal v Bournemouth: Gunners can help to dispel sense of crisis with solid win

Alexis Sanchez remains at Arsenal after all the speculation of the summer transfer window
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Both teams have started poorly but Andrew Atherley expects the Gunners to relieve some of the pressure on Arsene Wenger with a positive performance at the Emirates on Saturday...

"Bearing in mind Bournemouth's scoring difficulties, the Arsenal win to nil does not look badly priced. Six of Bournemouth's nine defeats away to the big six have been in that fashion, as well as eight of Arsenal's 14 home wins last season."

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Arsenal v Bournemouth
Saturday 9 September, 15:00


Gunners at crisis point

Arsenal's direction under Arsene Wenger is open to question more than ever, with a problematic transfer window being accompanied by back-to-back poor results where they were unable to score (losing 1-0 at Stoke and 4-0 at Liverpool).

Even the opening 4-3 win over Leicester was a seat-of-the-pants job and the Gunners are already falling behind the other big teams, with those three points leaving them in 16th place.

The atmosphere in the dressing room is hard to read, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain having left for Liverpool at the end of the transfer window and Alexis Sanchez's long-term future at the club in doubt.

Sanchez could start in a front three with Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil, while defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny could take Oxlade-Chamberlain's place to provide more cover in the centre alongside Granit Xhaka.


Problems up front

Bournemouth are one of only three teams without a solitary point from their opening three games and the latest defeat, 2-1 at home to Manchester City, was particularly galling after they had taken the lead, generally played well and seemed set for a draw until Raheem Sterling's late winner.

Scoring has been a problem, with their only goal so far being Charlie Daniels' screamer against City and their shots count has been low (just seven on target in three games).

Strikers Benik Afobe and Junior Stanislas are both injury doubts along with defenders Simon Francis and Nathan Ake, who had to withdraw from international duty with Holland.


Emirates shocks are rare

Arsenal's home record last season (W14 D3 L2) was bettered only by Tottenham and Chelsea, and they dropped points against just two teams outside the top four - but they were big shocks at short odds (0-0 v Middlesbrough and a 2-1 defeat by Watford).

The record says that kind of upset is rare and Arsenal's short odds are still justified, but punters could be forgiven for thinking Wenger's side come with a bit more risk at the moment.

Bournemouth gave two good performances against the Gunners last season, chiefly a 3-3 draw at home. Even in the 3-1 defeat at the Emirates, Eddie Howe's side were well in the game (the corner count was 10-3 in their favour) until Theo Walcott's 90th-minute goal finally killed them off.

The big issues are that they have yet to show a consistent attacking threat this season, although there were some promising signs against City, and that their away record against the big six in two Premier League seasons is W1 D2 L9.


Home win to nil not a bad option

Looking at Bournemouth's away results against the big six, their solitary win came with their only clean sheet (a 1-0 victory over Chelsea as Jose Mourinho's reign unravelled) and they have conceded plenty of goals (at least two in nine of the 12 matches).

Eight of their nine defeats in those matches were by at least a two-goal margin, although that high rate was not matched by Arsenal's figures last season.

Bearing in mind Bournemouth's scoring difficulties, the Arsenal win to nil does not look badly priced at 17/10 with Betfair Sportsbook. Six of Bournemouth's nine defeats away to the big six have been in that fashion, as well as eight of Arsenal's 14 home wins last season.


Bournemouth may hold key to goals

Arsenal had 11 out of 19 (58%) over 2.5 goals at home last season and much depends on whether the opposition score (nine out of 10 over 2.5 goals when that happened).

Bournemouth had 58% over 2.5 goals away last season and their figures rose significantly when they scored, which indicates that the goals market hinges largely on whether there is an away goal.


FA Cup final memories

Anthony Taylor took charge of the FA Cup final last season when Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 and Victor Moses was sent off for the losers. His card count occasionally goes high, as it did there, but generally he is a measured and calm ref.


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Opta Stat
Jermain Defoe has scored against Arsenal for three different clubs in the Premier League (West Ham, Tottenham & Sunderland) - the only player to have scored versus the Gunners in the competititon for more clubs is Darren Bent (5). Defoe is [4] to score for Bournemouth.


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