Written by Frankie Rudland from the Vitality stadium (@RudlandFrankie)
Eddie Howe is hoping his side can harness energy from the “powerful” Cherries’ faithful to kick-start a run of form.
Bournemouth finally ended a torrid start to the new year with a momentous win against fellow strugglers Brighton on Tuesday, with star man Callum Wilson also breaking his baron spell to wrap up a much craved 3-1 victory.
The win saw Bournemouth leapfrog relegation rivals Watford, and Eddie Howe believes that the crowds backing could again be seminal in his sides FA Cup clash with Arsenal: “It was a big moment in our season in lots of different ways, it was so important that we won at home.
“The crowd were so good with us and feeling that interaction with them is so powerful, we’re going to need that now more than ever now.
“Between now and the end of the season they can really make the difference at home, and hopefully that (Brighton win) is the first step to that happening.
“I think you could see when we scored our first goal the difference it made to the players, the feeling in the group and even the way we played – now we have to use that in the games coming up and of course starting here against Arsenal.”
Bournemouth named a strong side in the last round of the cup as they coasted to a 4-0 victory against Championship strugglers Luton, however, Howe fears that injury may dictate his selection for the visit of the Gunners: “I always back the squad and I always back the players that we pick to be good enough to win each respective game.
“We have a very small squad to choose from and we do have injury concerns over some of the players that have been playing every week in the Premier League.
“I’ve made that clear that for some time now there have been players playing with injuries, and ideally if I had a full squad to pick from they wouldn’t be playing. We’ll wait and see who we have available, we do have concerns but I wont go into individuals.”
Despite Howe highlighting his restricted options, he is not expecting any upcoming business to be done in the January market. The Cherries continue to be linked with moves for Bertrand Traore and Jacob Bruun Larsen, but the Bournemouth boss insisted that despite the clubs best efforts, nothing is imminent: “Throughout January we are actively looking, but so far it has been a very difficult window to find players that are available and of sufficient quality.
“That doesn’t mean we’ll stop looking, we will be actively searching until the window closes. We’re looking at different position, if we find someone that we believe can make a difference to the team and everything matches up then we’ll do it.
“If there is no player that becomes available then we are very much happy to go with what we’ve got, and I think we showed again against Brighton that we are good enough to win games and stay in the Premier League.”
One man that may be added to the squad is Steve Cook, the Cherries skipper has served his one-match ban following his dismissal against Norwich. The returning Jordan Ibe could also be in contention, he featured for the youth team midweek as part of his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury.
Bournemouth take on Arsenal at the Vitality stadium on the 27th of January at 8pm. Live updates will be available on the Nerve Sport twitter page.