Written by Adam McGroarty (@AdamMcGroarty1)
After two defeats in the Premier League against Manchester United and Newcastle, AFC Bournemouth will look to bounce back on Sunday when they host Unai Emery’s in-form Arsenal side.
Despite the two losses, during the international break AFC Bournemouth’s players were flying high. Eddie Howe, Bournemouth manager, said: “I am very pleased for all our international players. We watched them very closely.
“It was a brilliant moment for Callum to score his first goal at Wembley, and Fraser got his first goal for Scotland.”
Howe acknowledged the success of Arsenal this season, with Emery’s side sitting one place above the Cherries. Howe said: “Arsenal have done very well, we are going to have to do well in the game to combat that”.
However, over the past few weeks AFC Bournemouth have been hit by a string of injuries.
For example, Joshua King, who has been injured since the derby with Southampton, is in line to make an appearance. His manager said: “Joshua King has improved and trained with the group and we’ll be excited if he is fit.”
Howe addressed the long-term injury to Adam Smith, who will be out for three months after a knee injury. He said: “Adam has been excellent for us, he will be a big miss and we urge him to come back as quickly as possible.”
But this did not cause the Cherries boss to lose hope heading into this fixture. Howe added: “If 1-11 we are very good then we can do well. It will be an interesting game to see which attack comes out on top, it will be a great battle for our defenders as well.”
AFC Bournemouth face Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday at 1.30pm.