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Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli (right) has had a strong start to the season
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Dominic Solanke and Jordan Zemura face fitness tests. Joe Rothwell, Ryan Fredericks and David Brooks remain on the sidelines.
Summer signing Fabio Vieira is still not fit for the game but Mikel Arteta has no new injury concerns and could name the same 11 who started the 4-2 win over Leicester.
Three games into the 2021-22 Premier League season, Arsenal were bottom of the table with no points or goals, and manager Mikel Arteta were favorites in the sack race.
A year on, things look considerably brighter for Arteta’s Gunners, who are rated just 4-9 to make it three wins from three on their trip to relegation favorites Bournemouth.
They weathered a trappy opener at Crystal Palace, winning 2-0, before changing their style in a 4-2 home win over Leicester last Saturday when summer signing Gabriel Jesus scored twice in the first 35 minutes.
Foxes keeper Danny Ward made some smart saves to deny Jesus a first-half hat-trick and Arteta will demand another quick start from his side on the south coast.
Arsenal came out of the blocks against Palace, where Gabriel Martinelli led them 1-0 in the 20th minute after missing a great chance earlier in the game.
“We were really sharp and lively from the start,” said Arteta after the opening night win at Selhurst Park and the odds against quotes on the Gunners leading at half-time and full-time at Bournemouth are very attractive.
And that despite Scott Parker’s Cherries hitting the lids themselves, scoring within two minutes of returning to the top flight en route to a 2-0 win at home to high-spending Aston Villa.
Their second game of the season was less straightforward as they lost 4-0 to champions Manchester City, having trailed 3-0 after 37 minutes, although Parker was delighted his side kept the score respectable in second period.
Bournemouth’s fate won’t be decided by fixtures such as last weekend’s trip to the Etihad Stadium, where they were 40-1 to win, and they could also be outclassed by Arsenal, who were on course to finish. in the top four before damaging defeats at Tottenham and Newcastle at the end of last season.
The Gunners have strengthened considerably over the summer, signing striker Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from City, and both have integrated seamlessly, while William Saliba impresses in central defense after an excellent 2021-22 campaign on loan at Marseille.
By contrast, Bournemouth new boys Joe Rothwell and Ryan Fredericks are still sidelined and Dominic Solanke, whose 29 league goals last season helped the Cherries to automatic promotion, missed the trip to Manchester with a problem in ankle.
Solanke will hope to return to the squad against Arsenal, but Bournemouth could struggle to stop the progress of a stable and confident Gunners unit.
During their rocky start to the last term, Arteta used 22 different players as Arsenal lost their opening three league games against Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City.
This time he is likely to name the same starting XI for the third game in a row and bettors should expect a similar outcome to the Gunners’ wins over Palace and Leicester.
Arsenal beat each of the bottom four in the Premier League away from home last season, scoring 13 goals.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 2:35 PM, AUGUST 19, 2022