Wednesday night’s draw with Paris Saint-Germain means that the Gunners are now unbeaten in 18 games in all competitions, though they have proven unable to beat Tottenham, Manchester United or the French champions recently.
Eddie Howe has been touted as a future Arsenal manager in some quarters, so it will be interesting to see how the young Englishman fares as he brings his Bournemouth team to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
FORM GUIDE – OVERALL
Arsene Wenger’s men have enjoyed some magnificent results over the course of their last 20 Premier League matches, winning on 11 occasions and losing just once but are on a run of three successive draws (two in the League) with the Man U game being a particularly poor performance.
That unbeaten run hasn’t seen Arsenal play that well, however, as the North London outfit have kept only three clean sheets in their most recent ten encounters:
Although the Cherries have suffered 11 defeats in their previous 20 top-flight games, just three of these have come in their last ten contests. Significantly, Howe’s charges have conceded twice or more in ten of these losses and only once in the remaining nine matches. Significantly, however, Bournemouth will be without star man and Arsenal loanee, Jack Wilshere, who although is yet to score for the club, he has shown some excellent form in recent weeks.
FORM GUIDE – HOME VS AWAY
Arsenal have been as strong as you would expect at home recently, collecting 24 points from a possible 33 since the beginning of April. Interestingly, a mere 30% of the Gunners’ previous 20 Premier League games in front of their own supporters have been settled by more than a single-goal margin, although they have scored the third most goals at home this season.
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Bournemouth may have won at Stoke last time out, but that shouldn’t disguise the fact that they have suffered six defeats in their previous ten away matches in the top-flight. The clean sheet that they kept at the Britannia Stadium ended a run of ten games on the road without one, so there should be plenty of defensive frailties for Wenger’s men to exploit.
When it comes to recent ten-game form across all competitions, there is not a single area in which the Cherries have outperformed the Gunners:
Perhaps the biggest difference between the two sides has come in their finishing, with Arsenal converting 23% of their chances to Bournemouth’s 12%, although Arsenal should really be doing better than given their superior firepower up front.