Premier League: Can Bournemouth repeat the shock of last season, or will Arsenal end a winless run of 3 games?
Both Bournemouth and Arsenal have had great starts to the Premier League season. The new-look Arsenal boast an impressive record of 7 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws under new manager Unai Emery.
Eddie Howe's Bournemouth, meanwhile, have also been in tremendous form as they sit in sixth position, only four points away from Arsenal and above the likes of Manchester United and Everton.
The two clubs' mouth-watering clash this weekend promises to be a quick-paced, entertaining game. The attacking stars Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Callum Wilson look set to light up the pitch as they both look to add to their so-far fantastic goalscoring records of 7 goals and 6 goals respectively in 12 games.
But the attacking talent involved in this match-up does not end with the forwards, with midfielders Ryan Fraser and Mesut Ozil both in electrifying form this season. Fraser has so far netted 3 and assisted 6, the most in the league, and Ozil has assisted 1 and scored 3.
This game also presents the Gunners with the chance to get revenge on Eddie Howe's Bournemouth. Their game in January this year had resulted in a 2-1 victory for the Cherries, which proved to be one of the many factors leading to Arsene Wenger stepping down after a legendary career.
However, since January, Arsenal fans have seen a slow but steady improvement under Emery, with some early goal of the season contenders and a brilliant 11-game unbeaten run. On the flip side, their most recent form does suggest that there are a few cracks in the still fragile Arsenal side; they come into this match on the back of a winless run of 3 games, which includes draws to Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wonderers.
Throughout this season we have seen Arsenal struggle to score in the first half of games, and cut through teams with ease in the second period. But those first half stats should worry Arsenal fans as their team lines up against the quick starting Bournemouth.
Bournemouth in their part have also improved a lot since last season. The likes of Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser have put in the best performances of their only just beginning careers, while new signings David Brooks and Jefferson Lerma have both made a great impact too.
The Cherries finished in a respectable 12th last season with 44 points, 45 goals scored and 61 conceded. However, this season they have already scored 21 goals in 12 games, which puts them on course for over 60 goals scored. They have also let in just 16, conceding 1.3 goals a game, which shows the defensive improvements they have made.
If Bournemouth were to continue this great run of form, they could well be going on a European tour next season.
The bottomline is that Bournemouth vs Arsenal clash is a must-see encounter, giving us fans the chance to witness two attacks full of pace, goals and excitement. The game also puts a team looking for retribution against the team that shocked the world the last time the two sides met, and there could be plenty of fireworks in store.