by Bulldog Drummond
The good news is that this is a home game – not just so that we can go and see it, but also because we can go into the game with a really good track record at home…
Home games only
Won 11, drawn 2, lost one, with 30 goals scored and just 11 against us. Not as good as Manchester City and Liverpool obviously, but up there with them in terms of number of points.
Bournemouth of course will be looking at this home record and at their own away record…
Away games only
Here we see Bournemouth lurking near the bottom.
|17||Brighton and Hove Albion||13||2||2||9||12||24||-12||8|
Three wins, ten defeats, scoring just under one goal and game and conceding over two goals a game.
So on these simple statistics, we ought to sail through, but of course we need to look a little further into what is going on…
Arsenal have only lost one home game this year, scoring 14 in six games, and conceding five. And three of those were in the cup match against Manchester United.
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|01 Jan 2019||Arsenal v Fulham||W||4-1|
|19 Jan 2019||Arsenal v Chelsea||W||2-0|
|25 Jan 2019||Arsenal v Manchester United FAC||L||1-3|
|29 Jan 2019||Arsenal v Cardiff City||W||2-1|
|21 Feb 2019||Arsenal v FC BATE Borisov Europa||W||3-0|
|24 Feb 2019||Arsenal v Southampton||W||2-0|
Bournemouth this year have had a less than perfect time – even though they have only played three games – all in the Premier League…
|13 Jan 2019||Everton v AFC Bournemouth||L||2-0|
|02 Feb 2019||Cardiff City v AFC Bournemouth||L||2-0|
|09 Feb 2019||Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth||L||3-0|
Seven goals conceded and none scored.
In fact you have to go right back to 27 October to find them winning a league match away. After that they lost to Newcastle, Manchester City, Wolverhampton, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United without winning a single game, or even getting a draw. During this run Tottenham managed to knock five past them while Liverpool got four.
Because of their long term residency in the Third Division (South) we have rarely played Bournemouth, and so we can readily publish all the results of League and Cup games since the start of time.
|27 Oct 1987||Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth Lge Cup||W||3-0|
|28 Dec 2015||Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth||W||2-0|
|07 Feb 2016||AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal||W||0-2|
|27 Nov 2016||Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth||W||3-1|
|03 Jan 2017||AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal||D||3-3|
|09 Sep 2017||Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth||W||3-0|
|14 Jan 2018||AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal||L||2-1|
|25 Nov 2018||AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal||W||1-2|
They have beaten us once in this run – 14 January 2018 when we lost 2-1. We reversed that this season with a 2-1 win in November. What we can see is that neither side has ever scored more than three against the other.
As a result of their home form Bournemouth now sit in the top 10. We are fourth, but could be overtaken by Chelsea winning their game in hand by three goals. Tottenham have now lost more games than any other top six team.
|9||West Ham United||27||10||6||11||35||40||-5||36|
A remarkable achievement for a club with such a small ground – a ground which has had five names: Dean Court, the Fitness First Stadium, the Seward Stadium, Goldsands Stadium and the Vitality Stadium.
As for the teams Alex Iwobi and Stephan Lichtsteiner both got knocks in the weekend game and so could miss out. But Ainsley Maitland-Niles is available again having overcome an illness, so it might be that Lichsteiner is not needed anyway. Laurent Koscielny’s injury did not look too bad in the last game as he readily walked off the pitch when substituted in the game on Sunday.
Otherwise there are no new injury concerns.
For Bournemouth Jefferson Lerma is suspended while Steve Cook, Callum Wilson, David Brooks, Junior Stanislas, Lewis Cook and Simon Francis all remain injured.