Bournemouth vs Arsenal: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Monday, December 23, 2019 1:22 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 1:22 PM UTC

The Arteta era begins...
<div><h2>Bournemouth vs Arsenal</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Thursday, December 26, at Vitality Stadium</strong></a></p><p>New Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will lead his team into battle for the first time when they visit the Vitality Stadium on Boxing Day. The Spaniard has never managed a game before, but he earned rave reviews as Pep Guardiola’s right hand man at Man City, and he delivered an impressive press conference upon landing the Arsenal job. He knows the club well from his time as Arsenal captain, and he will have a plan in place to spark an upturn in results. Bournemouth are struggling with injury problems right now and they have lost four of their last five games, so this is a perfect opportunity for the Gunners to pick up three points.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Bournemouth were without key defender Nathan Aké as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley on Saturday. Fellow centre-back Steve Cook was also out injured, along with right-backs Adam Smith and Simon Francis and left-backs Charlie Daniels and Lloyd Kelly. That is rotten luck for the Cherries, so their slump in form is understandable. Star striker Callum Wilson has been dropped after a lengthy goal drought, and Bournemouth really are there for the taking right now.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Whether Arsenal can capitalise is another matter entirely. Arteta stressed that he will axe any players that refuse to work hard for the team and it will be fascinating to see who makes is into his first starting 11 as manager. Alexandre Lacazette was benched as the Gunners started with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a lone striker in their 0-0 draw with Everton at the weekend. Gabriel Martinelli and Reiss Nelson were on the wings, with Emile Smith Rowe playing in the number 10 role, with Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka in midfield. Arteta could turn to Nicolas Pepe, Matteo Guendouzi or Joe Willock for alternative options, while Mesut Ozil may return from a foot injury. Both left-backs are out, as is right-back Hector Bellerin, meaning Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles could continue at full-back.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Arsenal did not get that coveted new manager bounce when Freddie Ljungberg took the reins following Unai Emery’s departure. Fans will hope that Arteta can galvanise these underperforming stars and lead them to victory. Arsenal’s next games are against Chelsea and Man Utd, so Arteta will be desperate to win this game and build up momentum ahead of sterner challenges that lie on the horizon. Bournemouth are in dreadful form and their injury list is horrendous, so the stars have aligned perfectly for Arsenal’s new manager. An away win looks worth a punt.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Unibet">Arsenal to win at 2.00 (evens) with Unibet</a></strong></p></div>
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