Bournemouth vs Arsenal: Premier League


1:30pm GMT: Bournemouth vs Arsenal

  • Bournemouth one point above the relegation zone after one win since mid-November.
  • Arsenal five points off the top four and four games without a win.
  • Jermaine Defoe missing for the Cherries with ankle injury.
  • Alexis Sanchez unlikely to feature amid speculation over his future.
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Now 12:19

Some early team news from the Vitality Stadium.

1 min 12:18

Arsenal are winless in 2018 after two draws with Chelsea in the league and Carabao Cup and defeat to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round.

That loss at the City Ground raised further concerns over the future of Arsene Wenger and leaves the Gunners with only two pieces of silverware to fight for, while their pursuit of the top four is also on the brink of collapse.

They simply can’t afford to slip up again this afternoon.

9 min 12:10

Preparations well under way at the Vitality Stadium ahead of kick-off.

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12 min 12:06

Team news on the way from the Vitality Stadium, but how do we expect both sides to line up this afternoon?

Bournemouth could hand recalls to Joshua King and Junior Stanislas, who have recovered from respective hamstring injuries. But Jermain Defoe and Tyrone Mings are not yet fit despite returning to training.

Aaron Ramsey and Saed Kolasinac are fit again for Arsenal but Mesut Ozil is a major doubt. Rob Holding should be available but Alexis Sanchez could be omitted.

55 min 11:24

The first of two games on this Sunday in the Premier League sees two sides badly out of form clash at the Vitality Stadium. Bournemouth and Arsenal need points for vastly different reasons at either ends of the table in a game which has proven to be thrilling in the past.

The Cherries have only won once since mid-November in the Premier League which has seen the slip towards the bottom three. They stand one point above the drop zone at the start of play and amid their exciting brand of football Eddie Howe badly needs some results to back-up his progress on the south coast.

Arsenal meanwhile are close to being left for dust in the race for the top four and after Tottenham’s win yesterday are five point off the top four, with Liverpool still to play later. An against the backdrop of speculation over Alexis Sanchez’s future, Arsene Wenger badly needs a good news story.

All the build-up ahead of the 1:30pm kick-off on the way.

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