AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal will compete last Monday for a place in the next round of the FA Cup. On Boxing Day, these two teams balanced in the Vitality Stadium. Will this match now get a winner at the Vitality Stadium? Or will Bournemouth and Arsenal soon be replayed at the Emirates Stadium?
Naturally, a club like AFC Bournemouth has nothing to lose if it receives a visit from Arsenal in the FA Cup. The Cherries won 3-1 against Brighton on Tuesday-evening in the Premier League, so Arsenal held a 1-1 draw at Vitality Stadium on Boxing Day. It’s not inconceivable that Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth will get a good result against Arsenal, but Howe also knows that his team is certainly not the favorite for the game.
On Tuesday-evening, Bournemouth won 3-1 against Brighton & Hove Albion. A great result for Bournemouth, which is under the line in the Premier League. To be precise, The Cherries are in eighteenth place with 23 points from 24 games. The problem at Bournemouth this season is that The Cherries suffer a lot from injuries: Howe also has to miss a lot of players against Arsenal. If Bournemouth had a completely fit selection, The Cherries would probably not even have ended up in the relegation zone. Only ‘but if’ does not count in life: Bournemouth must also take points in the Premier League without all those injuries.
Mikel Arteta is once again yearning for a win with Arsenal. The Spaniard saw that the last three games of his team all ended in a draw. After a 1-1 draw at the Crystal Palace and a 1-1 draw at Sheffield United, Arsenal played a 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Tuesday evening. In retrospect that was not a bad result: David Luiz received a red card in the 26th minute and yet Arsenal managed to fight back twice with ten men from a deficit.
With the draw at Chelsea, Arsenal is not making much progress: The Gunners are in tenth place in the Premier League, which of course makes Arsenal unworthy. They can get rid of Champions League qualification via the Premier League at Arsenal. With Arsenal, Arteta can still qualify for the billiard ball, but then Arsenal must win the Europa League this season. Last season, The Gunners lost 4-1 to Chelsea in the final, but with this material, Arsenal must be able to win the Europa League.