Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth – lineup, results, analysis, prediction.

by Bulldog Drummond

Here’s the current top six in the league at 6pm Saturday.

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 8 8 0 0 20 6 14 24
2 Manchester City 7 5 1 1 27 7 20 16
3 Leicester City 8 4 2 2 14 7 7 14
4 West Ham United 8 3 4 1 10 9 1 13
5 Burnley 8 3 3 2 11 9 2 12
6 Arsenal 7 3 3 1 12 11 1 12

In terms of away form Bournemouth are doing rather well this season, although of course it is early days…

Team P W D L F A GD
1 Liverpool 4 4 0 0 8 2 6 12
2 Manchester City 4 3 0 1 13 5 8 9
3 West Ham United 4 1 3 0 6 4 2 6
4 AFC Bournemouth 3 2 0 1 6 5 1 6

However this is a major upturn on last season when in the away form they were down among the deadmen…

Team P W D L F A GD
14 Burnley 19 4 5 10 21 36 -15 17
15 Southampton 19 4 4 11 18 35 -17 16
16 AFC Bournemouth 19 5 1 13 26 45 -19 16
17 Cardiff City 19 4 2 13 13 31 -18 14
18 Brighton and Hove 19 3 4 12 16 32 -16 13

So they have already won away twice in three, while last season it was five in 19.

If we have a look at the away games they have played…

Date Match Result Score Competition
17 Aug Aston Villa v AFC Bournemouth W 1-2 Premier League
31 Aug Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth L 3-1 Premier League
20 Sep Southampton v AFC Bournemouth W 1-3 Premier League
25 Sep Burton Albion v AFC Bournemouth L 2-0 League Cup

… we can see that they have beaten Villa, and south coast rivals Southampton.  Now the fact is that between them Southampton and Aston Villa have played seven home games, and only one (yes only one) of them has been won – that by Aston Villa against Everton (who themselves are 15th in the league having lost four of their seven games so far.

(Actually I think Everton are trying to overcome the curse of the new stadium before they actually move, rather than doing what Tottenham, and so many teams before them have done, suffered the curse of a stadium move after moving.   If you are a regular Untold reader, you’ll know we’ve dealt with the consequences of stadium moves many times.   Our prediction about the effect of Tottenham’s new ground written long before the 2-7 defeat is here).

And speaking of stadia, Bournemouth are still playing in the ground that they inhabited in their 3rd and 4th division days, although it has had a major rebuild and of course been converted to all-seater.  It was known as Dean Court for the first 91 years of its existence but since 2001 has gone through four different names, Fitness First Stadium, Seward Stadium, Goldsands Stadium and now the Vitality Stadium.

Anyway, back to Bournemouth’s form, my suspicion is that their results are showing them in a particularly favourable light at the moment and that there is no particular suprise in their arsenal, as it were.

Our record against them is very favourable, as of course it should be given their limited resources, and the fact that even surviving in the top league is little short of a miracle for a club with such a tiny ground.

Date Match Result Score Competition
27 Oct 1987 Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth W 3-0 League Cup
28 Dec 2015 Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth W 2-0 Premier League
07 Feb 2016 AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal W 0-2 Premier League
27 Nov 2016 Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth W 3-1 Premier League
03 Jan 2017 AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal D 3-3 Premier League
09 Sep 2017 Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth W 3-0 Premier League
14 Jan 2018 AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
25 Nov 2018 AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal W 1-2 Premier League
27 Feb 2019 Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth W 5-1 Premier League

So it is a perfect record at home for us and just a defeat in 2017/18, the season in which we only won four away games all through the entire campaign.

Anyway, Bournemouth’s rise has been remarkable, having been in the Third Division South and then the Third Division, for what I think is a record breaking 39 seasons, they then got relegated to the 4th division in 1970, bounced around between the two until 1987 when they entered the second tier for  the first time ever.

They continued to bounce between the second and third level of football until 2015 when resplendent with what we now call “new money” (a sort of mini-version of Chelsea and Man City) they won the league and got into the Premier League.  In their four seasons thus far they have finished, 16th, 9th, 12th and 14th.

I’m trusting that it won’t be too tough for us.  Given the way we have been playing at home wtih two wins and a draw we should be able to see the game through, not least because Bournemouth’s position in the league is aided by the fact that they have so far only played one of last season’s top six.  In that game they lost of Manchester City.

So yes, a win I think.

Here’s TalkSport’s line up


Bellerin, Sokratis, Luiz, Tierney

Guendouzi Xhaka

Pepe Ceballos Saka


The Standard goes with


Chambers, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac;

Willock, Xhaka, Guendouzi;

Pepe, Aubameyang, Saka





44 Replies to “Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth – lineup, results, analysis, prediction.”

  1. We cannot underestimate the strength of Bournemouth. Their forwards can be excellent at times and it is only a matter of our play from the back being caught out. We have to pass out to the midfield or play long to put them on the back foot.

    It is a cold day here in London and our boys need to keep warm to prevent injury. We must not forget that the selected official is their 12th man.

  2. I’m hoping he plays Holding but 3 changes from our last league game might be pushing it or you can look at one change in the back four from our last game.

    Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Tierney, Guendouzi Xhaka, Pepe Ceballos Saka,Aubameyang

  3. As always, I advice caution when we play any team in the league regardless of form or league position.

    Nowadays “other teams” no longer fear facing traditional top six teams because talent, physicality, effective tactics and other game winning attributes can be found in almost any Top Flight team, sometimes two or maybe even a single player can make the difference.

    This league is just “crazy” because even at 3-0 with 15 minutes to go you just feel it’ll only take one goal for panic and the fear of a comeback to paralyze the winning team.

    This Arsenal team has what it takes to be a high scoring-low conceding side….. so what happens when you score a goal inside the first six minutes and then labour for the next 60 minutes? An early goal settles the nerves but an early goal could be cancelled out.
    What happens if we get three first half goals? will we play with the same energy in the second half or invite the visitors to swarm us? What if we concede early or late in the game? so many what ifs…..

    Many aspects of the game need speed, skills, teamwork etc. However a game could become difficult and you might need to hold on to a one-goal lead or to score that winning goal or perhaps needing to make a comeback to be in a position to win the game – at such times something extra, something special is needed.

    Our objective today should be to succeed with skill, speed and teamwork but if the game proves difficult, I sure hope we have that “extra special thing” to put us over the top.


    Arsenal is the only team below 4th place that can reach 15 points and go 3rd with a win.

    So is this pressure or motivation?

  4. Given the amount of money in the Premier League vis-a-vis the rest of Europe, every team has the resources to go and purchase 1 or 2 extremely talented players. Of course, they won’t have the depth of the richer clubs. but on any given Saturday, if you factor in variables such as injuries, fatigue, set-up, or just luck, a richer/better-team-on-paper team can get burned by another.

    What irks me, is the absolutely lack of respect that some Arsenal fans show for these other clubs. The players on these teams are professional athletes, coached by professionals and they are prepared to win. Add in a pinch of luck and adverse results are definitely possible. To sit and scream at our team, to rant and rave online about/at them as if they were losing against schoolboys, is puerile, disrespectful, nonsense.

  5. Looks like the Standard is closest, Ceballos instead of Willock.
    If we can get past today with a win it will give KT, Hector and Holding the international snooze fest to get up to full fitness.
    They need to be in our back four every time possible.
    Fingers crossed for a good result today.

  6. Sorry to go OT but I’m an old man and a bit of a technophobe and need some help.

    Why cant I access ‘Arsenal Nation’ on my lap top, but I can on my iPhone ?

    It doesn’t even come up with the log on screen

    If anyone can help I’d appreciate it.

  7. Just to add, this problem suddenly appeared during the mid week game but it’s still there today.

    Never had a problem before.

  8. And what is the matter with this lot.

    It showing the kick-off as 4:30 and apparently some lad called ChamberTs is playing at the back. Oh, and they’ve all scooted off for a cup of tea rather than talk to us.

    On a broader point, for such a big Club our own web site, information and match coverage leaves a lot to be desired.

  9. Our starters for Bournemouth today are:
    Chambers Sokratis Luiz Kolasinac;
    Guandouzi Xhaka;
    Pepe Ceballos Saka;

    But had Torreria starting instead of Guandouzi. And Ozil starting instead of Ceballos. But all for well. Arsenal will win the match.

    On the bench for today are:
    Martinez Holding AMN Tierney Torreria Willock Martinelli.

  10. Well, well. There’s an early goal to calm the nerves. How to go Luiz! Assist to Pepe on a corner?


  11. LiveScore asleep at the wheel on commentary. At 15m in, the only comments were that the game had started, and that Luiz had scored. No fouls, no corners, nothing.


  12. Oh, I guess at 42m VAR examined Pepe falling down again. Still no penalty.

    HT. Supposedly we have only had 1 shot on target, and 2 off target. Possession is 58:42. We’ve had 8 corner to their 1. We’ve committed 6 fouls for no cards, wheeas they have committed 2 fouls for 2 cards.


  13. The only team fouling in the second half is Arsenal?

    Come on Gunners, let’s get some shots and shots on target.

  14. Luiz down because Kolasinac fell into his ankle? Kolasinac didn’t have any help falling into Luiz?

    Have you got another couple of goals in you Martinelli?


  15. Real drop off in the 2nd half. Don’t understand it or is Bournemouth a top 4 side? Just hope they hold on for the 3 points and a clean sheet.

  16. Man City 0-0 wolves @ 74 minutes.
    Arsenal 1-0 Bournemouth.
    It’s dicey and frenzy for the top 2 & 3 spots if the score-line stays this way. But I wouldn’t mind if it stays on this way.

  17. It’s even surprisingly Man City 0-2 Wolves @FT. What a pleasant surprise!

  18. Arsenal 1 – 0 Bournemouth

    Man City 0 – 2 Wolves

    Southampton 1- 4 Chelsea

    Chelsea winning 4 – 1. Poor 2nd half or not. We are sitting 3rd 1 point behind Man City.


  19. Last week it took an own goal for Liverpool to win.

    This week it took a phantom penalty for Liverpool to win.

    They get hailed as ‘never say die’ ‘gritty’ etc. etc. so lets not get too hung up on the 2nd half, I mean the media will do that for us.

    We won, we’re 2nd.

    Honestly who wouldn’t of took this, and some, before the season started?

    Well done lads.


  20. @Nitram, hopefully second after our next game. Only 1 behind City. Spurs 9th and United in 12th. Expect some adjustment by the PGMO in the coming games

  21. Five straight yellow cards to Man$ity, Wolves score, then 2 yellows to wolves, and the wolves score again and no more cards. The fouls are 10:15. Man$ity with slightly more shots and a lot more possession. Corners were 9:1. It would appear that nothing worked for Man$ity today. Wolves needed a treatment at 10m, Pawson sees nothing. That same Wolves player is down 2 minutes later, and is subbed. Pawson still sees nothing. That’s the end of treatments. All the cards and goals in the second half.

  22. Well done Gunners, a bad second half or not. Let the ‘nattering nabobs of negativism’ keep looking for what went wrong instead of savouring a most welcome triumph over a decent Bournemouth side. COYG.

  23. WOO HOO, HOO ! Three points and a clean sheet for Leno. Chambers was awesome tonight.
    Second half was nervy , but the boys held on .
    Am hoping the the Magpies get a point or three.
    Have a Geordie friend here , who would be really thrilled if it were to happen !
    Up the Gunners !

  24. Andrew,
    It’s so predictable and yet sad. As football fans and AFC supporters we know this to be true, and yet bias (corruption) continues. As Gord pointed out, look at the Wolves match. Pawson was harder them than City, lol. Ah, another day in the EPL.

  25. In the medja, very little commenting on the two VAR incidents. The only type of websites to notice, were Arsenal related.

  26. So we got the early goal and held on for the win. Pepe with the assist. A tough second half but we-got-the-win. Once again…. underestimate no team and you shall prosper.

    What going on at Man$ity?

    Now over to BeeTea Sports Studio with Robin, Michael and O.H.

    Discussing the VAR No Penalty Decision

    Host: Michael, Arsenal Penalty?

    Micheal: Nooo I don’t think so

    Robin: You never think so!

    Did Robin forget his line? What do you think?

  27. Well done Newcastle ! A good weekend overall. Well as far as Arsenal are concerned .
    Hopefully none of our players be involved in the pointless international games . Or those who are , come back safely.

  28. Ah, there we go. Newcastle had 2 shots on net, and scored on half of them. 0-1 to ManU; couldn’t happen to a nicer team.

  29. Got home from the match, glad that we won without Xhaka getting booked. The weather turned out to be chilly wind but warm in the sun. The VAR is obviously a Riley brain in disguise. The officiating was as expected poor and biased. He was so quick to crad Martinelli but didn’t even consider a card for the nasty Bournemouth tackles. Penalties? well Mane doesn’t play for Arsenal does he? Our boy Pepe was allowed to get sliced down and not seen by the blind mice whose willies Rileys wife threatens to cut off. I think thats how the rhyme goes 😉 .

    I’m not aware how City lost but ManU got a fair result despite having a 12th man in Dean.

    There’s something in the air that seems to be getting a level of justice across to the EPL.

    I’m just so happy that we maintained the clean sheet and the 3 points.

  30. What’s the point of VAR? Two penalty reviews for Pepe, no call. Certainly the first was a penalty but not in Atkinson/Riley land.

  31. 3 points, but not the full story.

    We’re now heading into a run like last season where the table tells lies.

    Same problems. Shaky in defence, midfield and attack disconnected, manager brought on a DM to defend a lead against an abysmal side that we allowed back into the game.

  32. @Mandy Dodd – Pepe would have both the penalties if he were a Liverpool player. The reality is that the foul in the box was there for everyone to see apart from the selective visioned PGMOL cheats that also man the VAR screens.

    The player obstructing the goal keeper is a foul yet it is never called when it is an Arsenal goalkeeper being obstructed.

  33. Am I the only one to be thankful that it is the international break , and that all the top clubs/managers are inadvertently being given a break from their own rabid and disgruntled fans ?

    The’top’ teams , other than Arsenal and Liverpool , I meant.

    And probably Man City , as their manageer has won the EPL before – and as recently as last season ! So their fans will forgive the manager and players for their recent blips and slip ups.

    As for the Spuds , no matter what happens to their manager(who,by the way and FYI ,has never won anything in his time in England.) , they still remain an immense source of joy and merriment for me . Their shooting themselves in the foot is the second most thing that I love in the EPL .

    The first is of course , is WOO HOO , HOOing every Arsenal victory !

    And we now come to ManUre . Yes that is what they are at present ! I was constantly checking the internet as I am writting this , fearing that good old Ole or Pooch may have already been sacked.

    My true fear is that their bosses will do the ‘noble’ thing and fall on their swords , and appoint Arsene Wenger as manager ! And for once I’d be speechless, and will know what to think, feel, or say something about it.

    This international break , I dread the news to come …. Or maybe the writting will in the wall , or in the sky when the EPL recommences .

    Should I worry ?

  34. If Wenger went to United or God forbid Spurs I would never forgive him.

    Alas I believe he will end up at United 😖

  35. Wenger will never manage in England again. I suspect in a couple of years he will be invited back, perhaps if only to visit or to be honoured somehow. I suspect it’ll bring down the house.

  36. FAKE NEWS –
    Man. Utd fans to wear black shirts in protest during the next home game against Champions apparent Liverpool.
    That the United team may also be playing in black is just an added bonus.🤪
    Look up also to the skies to see planes flying protest banners.
    If Liverpool win , they will have at 27, 3 times the points of Utd (9).Utd in the meanwhile would have earned a point for each game played !

  37. In Spurs news , will they have the cajones to beat Warford ? Read all about it when Deaney reviews this game .
    Pooch may be sacked as early as 28/10/ if Liverpool beat them at Anfield .
    Will the new stadium jinx strike them down ?

  38. A different context –

    In the middle of an international gynaecology conference, an English and a French gynaecologists are discussing various cases they’ve recently treated.

    French gynaecologist : “Only last week, zer was a woman ooh came to see me, and ‘er cleetoris – eet was like a meelon.”

    English gynaecologist : “Don’t be absurd, it couldn’t have been that big, my good man, she couldn’t have been able to walk, if it was.”

    French gynaecologist : “Aaah, you eenglis, zare you go again, always talkeeng about ze size.., I was talkeeng about ze flavour..!!!”

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