Bournemouth vs Arsenal LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more from the Premier League, while the Gunners remain unchanged

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Follow live updates as Bournemouth host an Arsenal side looking to extend their successful start to the Premier League season under Mikel Arteta. The Gunners scored two wins out of two at home to Leicester City last weekend as Gabriel Jesus scored his goals for the club in a 4-2 win. Arsenal and Manchester City were the only teams with 100 percent records going into the weekend, with Pep Guardiola’s side beating Bournemouth 4-0. Scott Parker’s team will be looking for answers as they return to the South Shore and the scene of their opening win over Aston Villa.

Arsenal won just two of their five trips to Vitality Stadium during Bournemouth’s previous tenure in the top flight, but Parker has warned his side will face one of the Premier League’s best strikers in Jesus, who will lead the line alongside Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka . “It’s a real challenge for us over the weekend to keep him calm,” said Parker. “He’s a top striker, an incredible centre-forward.”

Follow live updates from the Premier League match below:


Nicolas Pepe is absent for Arsenal

Arsenal’s starting XI is unchanged, but one player who completely misses out on a place in the squad is Nicolas Pepe.

The Ivory Coast international joined the Gunners from Lille in the summer of 2019 in a stunning £72m deal but it was largely a flop.

He is now being linked with a season’s loan to Nice and Mikel Areta detracted when asked about his absence today, telling Sky Sports: “We’ve had to drop three players from the squad and we’ve tried to keep the Pick players who we believe are in the best condition in the squad.”


Gabriel Jesus raises Arsenal standards, says Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta praised Gabriel Jesus’ performance after the forward opened his Arsenal account with a brace in the 4-2 win over Leicester.

Manchester City’s summer signing got the Emirates going in the Gunners’ first home game of the season with a stunning shot followed by a header to double their lead before half-time.

However, Jesus later admitted to his manager that he wasn’t as thrilled with his performance as the Gunners fans, who flooded social media with praise after their side picked up another three points.

“We know what Gaby can do,” Arteta said. “He also has two assists and is disappointed in that dressing room because he said he could have scored four.

“That’s the standard, that’s the desired mentality. To go to another level, you need that mentality.”


Gabriel Jesus grabs a brace on home debut as Arsenal beat Leicester

Meanwhile, Arsenal impressively beat Leicester a week ago to continue their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season.

Gabriel Jesus made a strong announcement of his arrival at the Emirates Stadium with a brace in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Leicester.

The Brazilian’s quality shone throughout the Gunners’ first home game of the season, in which he put the hosts ahead with a curled shot before scoring his second header before the break.

William Saliba’s own goal early in the second half brought the sides closer, but Granit Xhaka immediately restored the Gunners’ lead.

The visitors, who stayed ahead thanks to great saves from goalkeeper Danny Ward, recovered from another deficit through James Maddison, but Gabriel Martinelli reacted immediately to give his side a perfect start to the season.


Erling Haaland denied but Man City beat Bournemouth after Kevin de Bruyne’s virtuoso display

Bournemouth lost to Manchester City last weekend.

Blue smoke enveloped the Etihad Stadium at kick-off wrote Richard Jolly. The message on the pitch, courtesy of a giant banner, read ‘This is Manchester’. If it was to mean the arrival of a flashy superstar, an update on the ‘Welcome to Manchester’ posters that greeted Carlos Tevez 13 years ago, Erling Haaland failed to provide the finish to accompany the fanfare.

His home debut was an assist but no goal and a beautiful pass might have been proof that Pep Guardiola’s coaching can make anyone a creator, but the virtuoso performance came from Kevin de Bruyne. Haaland may yet become the Premier League’s most prolific forward, but De Bruyne has held the status of the most convincing midfielder in years.


Bournemouth vs Arsenal Stats

Arsenal are looking to win their first three league games in a season for the first time since 2004/05.

However, Bournemouth are unbeaten in 11 home league games (7 wins, 4 draws) and have kept their last three clean sheets.

The Cherries’ record against Arsenal is less promising, however, with the Gunners winning nine of their 12 games against the South Coast. Bournemouth have beaten them just once in 10 Premier League games – a 2-1 win in January 2018 with goals from Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe.


Bournemouth and Arsenal line-ups

Marcos Senesi – a summer signing from Feyenoord – makes his first start for the Cherries while Kieffer Moore leads the line. Dominic Solanke failed his fitness test and is out.

Bournemouth XI: Travers, Senesi, Kelly, Mepham, Zemura, Lerma, Billing, Smith, Pearson, Tavernier, Moore

Meanwhile, Arsenal name an unchanged starting XI and are aiming for a similar result to last weekend’s Leicester – a 4-2 win. Takehiro Tomiyasu is back on the bench but Ben White starts again at right-back.

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; Weiss, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Jesus


Bournemouth vs Arsenal team news

Here are the two lineups – Arsenal unchanged.


Mikel Arteta is ‘very confident’ Bukayo Saka will sign a new contract with Arsenal

Mikel Arteta is “very confident” that England striker Bukayo Saka will sign a new contract at Arsenal sooner rather than later.

The 20-year-old has two years left on his current deal at Emirates Stadium and continues to be a key part of Arteta’s squad.

Saka became Arsenal’s top scorer last season when he defied the racial slurs he suffered after missing the crucial penalty in England’s final Euro 2020 defeat by Italy.

Saka joined the academy at the age of seven and made his first-team debut under head coach Unai Emery in 2019 but thrived under Arteta.

When asked about a new deal for Saka, the Spaniard replied: “I’m very confident that we as a club and Bukayo, his family, his agent, we all very much agree on what we want to achieve. And now it’s about putting it on a piece of paper.”


Bournemouth is preparing for the challenge of stopping the ‘incredible’ Gabriel Jesus

Bournemouth boss Scott Parker admits his side face a major challenge to eliminate the threat posed by ‘incredible’ Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus.

Jesus scored his first Gunners goals since his summer move from Manchester City by scoring twice in last weekend’s 4-2 Premier League win over Leicester.

Parker, whose newly-promoted Cherries are trying to recover from a 4-0 win at Champions City, is full of admiration for the Brazil international and is preparing for another tough test when Mikel Arteta’s men enter the Vitality Stadium on Saturday night to visit.

“Gabriel Jesus is a brilliant new signing, an amazing new signing indeed,” said Parker. “Mikel had the player at Manchester City and he’s a top striker, an incredible centre-forward.

“He probably has all facets of his game as number 9: can pass, can connect the game, is also a threat in his own defense, endless work pace in terms of pressing and leading the line from that feeling.”


Dominic Solanke undergoes a fitness test ahead of Arsenal clash

Bournemouth boss Scott Parker will make a late call to striker Dominic Solanke ahead of Saturday night’s Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Solanke was omnipresent last season as the Cherries won promotion to the top flight but missed last weekend’s 4-0 win over champions Manchester City with an ankle problem.

The 24-year-old will undergo a fitness test before the Gunners arrive at Vitality Stadium, while Parker could give Argentina defender Marcos Senesi a first go.

“Team news will likely be similar to last week,” Parker said at a news conference. “Dominic Solanke maybe (could be there), we have to examine and call him tomorrow. Everyone came out of last week’s game well.” Bournemouth vs Arsenal LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more from the Premier League, while the Gunners remain unchanged

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