AFC Bournemouth vs. Arsenal: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IJanuary 13, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03:  Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday with a trip to Bournemouth as they aim to pick up their first win of 2018.

Eddie Howe's Cherries are on a good run, having gone four games without defeat in all competitions.

Read on for details of how to watch the match, followed by team news and a preview.

            

Date: Sunday, January 14

Time: 1:30 p.m. (GMT)/8.30 a.m. (ET)

TV Info: Sky Sports (UK), NBC (U.S.)

Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), NBC Sports Live (U.S.)

          

Team News

Bournemouth remain without striker Jermain Defoe, who is recovering from a fractured ankle, while forward Josh King has an "outside chance" of featuring, according to Howe, per Neil Perrett at the Bournemouth Daily Echo.

Arsenal have doubts over midfielder Jack Wilshere, who was forced off during Wednesday's Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg draw with Chelsea.

However, Wilshere said via Twitter the injury is not too bad and that he should be back soon:

The game may also come too soon for injured quartet Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil to return.

           

Preview

Arsenal have endured a curious week, having been dumped out of the FA Cup by Championship side Nottingham Forest before recording a creditable goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.

Talisman Alexis Sanchez's future also remains the subject of intense speculation, with Manchester United the latest club to make an offer, per Fabrizio Romano and Ed Aarons at the Guardian.

Manager Arsene Wenger's future is also under scrutiny once again, with the club lining up Carlo Ancelotti if the Frenchman decides to leave in the summer, per the Evening Standard's James Olley.

However, Arsenal must refocus on the Premier League, as they head into the gameweek in sixth place, five points behind Liverpool in fourth.

Wenger's side can ill-afford any more slip-ups if they are to secure a top-four spot and, with it, a return to the UEFA Champions League.

Sam Joiner at The Times said Arsenal's FA Cup exit could have a positive side:

The Gunners may also have fond memories of the corresponding fixture last season, which was a cracker, as the Premier League showed via Twitter:

That match may tempt Bournemouth into taking the game to Arsenal, who have looked vulnerable defensively, although they were much improved against Chelsea, per Football.London's Charles Watts:

Arsenal will also need to get Alexandre Lacazette firing, as the striker has not scored in his past seven Premier League outings.

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