AFC Bournemouth welcomes Arsenal

AFC Bournemouth welcomes Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium in a game from Boxing Day in the Premier League. We will discuss this clash with you in our regular English Premier League predictions.

This game is gaining a lot of attention because this is going to be a debut for Arsenal’s new manager Mikel Arteta. The former captain of the club was appointed after the sacking of Unai Emery. This is going to be Arteta’s first job as manager, so it’d be curious to see how he’s going to deal with his lack of experience.

But Arteta learned from the best. He played many seasons under Arsene Wenger and so far he was the assistant of Pep Guardiola in Manchester City. You can be sure that he has learned a lot from these two legendary names.

Arsenal are in a very difficult situation right now. Because of the poor results of Unai Emery and the caretaker Fredrik Ljungberg, the Gunners are now out of the Top 10. At this moment Arsenal are 11th in the Premier League with 23 points and they are 9 points behind the 4th Chelsea. This is going to be a huge challenge for Arteta and his team.

Bournemouth on the other hand are 14th in the Premier League with 19 points won so far. The Cherries are not consistent enough and this can be easily seen from the results in their last five games in the league – they won one of them and suffered four losses.

In the previous round Bournemouth hosted Burnley at the Vitality, but got beaten with 0-1. Now the manager Eddie Howe must find a way to bring confidence back in his players.

That’s our English Premier League predictions for the match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium. We expect to see some real enthusiasm in the Gunners because of Mikel Arteta’s debut. But it won’t be easy for them.