Chris Sutton gives his prediction for Bournemouth v Arsenal

Chris Sutton predicts that Bournemouth will give Arsenal a hard time when both clubs meet this weekend, but the Gunners will emerge victorious.

Mikel Arteta’s side has started this season very well and they have two wins from as many league games to start the campaign.

The Gunners had a good preseason, and they have taken that form with them into the competitive matches.

After beating Crystal Palace and Leicester City, their next challenge comes from Bournemouth, whom they face tomorrow.

The Cherries have just returned to the Premier League and they will want to stay in the competition for longer this time.

They lost their last game to Manchester City, and the match against Arsenal will be another tough test.

However, Sutton thinks they will eventually win. He predicts on the BBC: “I still don’t think we should get carried away by what the Gunners are doing, and I still don’t think they will challenge for the title this season – but I can understand why their fans are excited.

“If you look at the scoreline, Bournemouth got walloped by Manchester City in their last game, but they actually didn’t do that much wrong.

“They are at home this time and might think this is a game where they can go for it a little bit more. I don’t think it will work, but the Cherries will not roll over even if they go behind.”

Prediction: 0-2

Just Arsenal Opinion

Although Bournemouth is the underdog, we cannot underestimate them.

The Cherries know they have a point to prove on this return to the EPL and they will be keen to get good results against the top clubs.

We trust Mikel Arteta to prepare his team for the challenge and we should easily get all the points in this game.

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7 Comments

  1. We’ve had a great start but I’m not getting carried away just yet. With Jesus I feel we have a great chance of scoring but I also feel we could still concede. After all this still Arsenal, and we all know how good times can suddenly turn bad. I’m not going to predict a win but on paper we should get a great result! COYG!

  2. i think Arsenal will make it 3 wins in a row but lack of team depth is one factor for which they can’t be title contenders or even top 4 just yet.
    Players like Busaka and Partey need rotation for optimal performance. They will get worn out along the way if they continuously feature for the Gunners.

  3. In all honesty, this is the sort of fixture that see us going back to our “default settings” as rivals do say……very tricky

    I hope our players won’t underate the cherries cos , we seems to fail when on paper we appear huge favorites and steps up when odds are against us.

    I never thought we will dominate the foxes last week, I had predicted a lone goal win in our favor.

  4. If we win tomorrow it will be the best start in 18 years in the league. Now I know we had a relatively easy start although Palace away was difficult. I also know that last year we had Champions City and CL winners Chelsea in the opening 3 and that did not stop various Arsenal fans from waxing lyrical about how that was the worst start in x years. So fairs fair. I believe it’s relatively irrelevant but if it happens it’s relevant to anyone who said the opposite last year.

    1. Good points. Personally, I don’t think we should get carried away at this point. However, a lot of fans made much of the the statistics that indicated that it was our worst start in so many years. Also, some fans were unreasonably and disgracefully calling for the manager to be sacked after the first few games last season.

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