Bournemouth v Arsenal team news and stats

Date published: Friday 5th February 2016 1:53

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Mesut Ozil is still looking for his first assist of the year as Arsenal travel to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday (1:30pm). 

Team news:

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will make a late call on Junior Stanislas’ availability after the winger suffered a knee injury two weeks ago.

Fellow forward Josh King came off the bench in the 2-1 midweek win at Crystal Palace and could be in line to start against the Gunners as he continues his return to full fitness following a hamstring problem.

Max Gradel and Callum Wilson remain on the long-term absentee list but Howe says their comebacks are on schedule, meaning Gradel could be back in March and Wilson available for April.

Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their trip to face the Cherries.

Tomas Rosicky (thigh) could be out for up to three months while Per Mertesacker will be hopeful of a recall having been on the bench for Tuesday’s goalless draw with Southampton.

Manager Arsene Wenger believes Danny Welbeck could be back in three weeks after returning to training following a knee injury, while Santi Cazorla (knee) and Jack Wilshere (leg) are also missing.

Opta stats:

  • Bournemouth have only played Arsenal twice before losing both games and failing to score in either (conceding five).
  • Arsenal have won just one of their last six Barclays Premier League away games (W1 D3 L2).
  • The Gunners haven’t gone five Premier League games without a win since August 2011.
  • If Arsenal fail to score, it will be four Premier League matches without a goal for the first time since February 2009 and equal their longest run without a goal in the competition.
  • Arsenal have dropped seven points from winning positions away from home, more than any other team on the road.
  • Bournemouth have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in the top flight (14).
  • Eddie Howe’s side have scored a league-high tally (8) and proportion (28%) of their goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season.
  • Former Arsenal striker Benik Afobe has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances for Bournemouth.
  • Callum Wilson is still Bournemouth’s top scorer in the Premier League this season (5), yet hasn’t played since the end of September.
  • Mesut Ozil is awaiting his first Premier League assist of 2016 despite creating 18 chances for his teammates. Only Spurs’ Christian Eriksen has created more in 2016 than the German (22).

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