Arsenal are looking to continue their perfect start Major league season as they travel to face Bournemouth tonight. The Gunners have impressive wins over Crystal Palace and Leicester and are firm favorites to keep their spirits up and make it three from three.
Gabriel Jesus will hope to further increase his goal tally, with Mikel Arteta again naming an unchanged side as Alexander Zinchenko and Ben White keep out Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu. Fabio Vieira has been named on the bench and is hoping to make his Arsenal debut.
Newly-promoted Bournemouth were beaten by Manchester City last time out, but have won their only home game of the season so far, on the opening weekend against Aston Villa. They will be hoping their supporters can help push them to a shock result. Follow all the action on the Standard Sport LIVE blog as Simon Collings provides expert analysis from the spot.
Simon Collings at Vitality
No help for Jesus, but my word is that play from him. This twist was wonderful. Arsenal are already purring.
GOAL! Bournemouth 0-1 Arsenal | Martin Odegaard 5′
And that is absolutely outrageous from Jesus! Hits the ball perfectly, passes two goals and makes a sensational back pass.
Martinelli breaks through, his shot is blocked. Out goes Odegaard though and it’s a simple finish.
4 minutes: Bournemouth are happy to go direct when they get possession.
A length ball darted up the pitch, clicked on and Moore was there to chase it down. Puts Salib under pressure but it’s a foul again. The home side seemed to have little intention of playing from behind.
Simon Collings at Vitality
Arteta appears to have already spotted what he wants to use in Bournemouth’s defense as he pulls Zincanka in for a chat and some tactical instruction.
2 minutes: Arsenal with all the ball in the opening minutes, Bournemouth were happy to sit back and let Saliba and Gabriel have it.
This time they press but too aggressively and White win a cheap free kick.
We’re going to Vitality!
Both sides, capable of playing very attractive football, should be entertaining.
Here we go…
Players enter the field. A wonderful evening, the conditions are absolutely perfect.
Bournemouth fans will, predictably, need all the support they can get.
Arteta’s pre-match thoughts
Parker on Senesi’s Bournemouth debut
“Marcos is a defender who I think has the qualities to cope in the Premier League.
“He brings experience but he will also need time, although I like to think he can adapt quickly.”
Both sides have reason to be confident
There is very little time left until the game starts, just over 20 minutes.
This time a year ago, Arsenal had lost their opening three games of the season – now they have the chance to make it three wins.
Bournemouth have played one game, albeit one at home in the Premier League, beating Villa on the opening day.