Eddie Howe has built Bournemouth into one of the Premier League’s most effective sides. They have been improving every season and this may be the season that they finally make it to Europe.
The Cherries are not considered a contender for the top six, however, they have been so good this season that they sit 6th on the league table ahead of this game and lead Manchester United and Watford on goal difference.
The Cherries have suffered a dip in form over the past few weeks as they have been beaten by Manchester United and Newcastle recently. The international break should have given them enough time to plan for the visit of the Gunners here.
Arsenal ushered in a new era when they named Unai Emery as a replacement to Arsene Wenger over the summer. The Spaniard made an understandably slow start to his Arsenal career, but he has since turned things around for the Gunners as they head into this game in fine form.
The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 16 competitive fixtures, but they haven’t won 4 of their last 5 games, so they come into this game in need of a win, it would be interesting to see how they fair here.