Newboy Benik Afobe is in line to face his old club for the first time when AFC Bournemouth welcome Arsenal to the Vitality Stadium today.
Afobe, who had been at Arsenal since the age of six before leaving the club 16 years later, doesn’t believe he was given a fair crack of the whip under Wenger, but the 22-year-old does not hold any grudges.
““He [Wenger] made his decision,” Afobe told the telegraph.co.uk. “I like him. He is one of the best managers in my lifetime. For them to have sold me, they obviously didn’t think they would give me a chance.” He added.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers man will be looking to make it four goals in five games as his side bid to register their first ever goal against The Gunners.
This is now a must win game for Arsene Wenger’s men after picking up only three points from their last three games, and if they fail to hit the back of the net on Sunday it will equal their longest ever run of five games without a goal (February 2009).
Arsenal’s recent away form hasn’t been great either, with only one win out of a possible six, and face the possibility of going five Premier League games without a win for the first time since August 2011.
The Cherries, however, have really struggled against the current top four season, Eddie Howe’s men have only mustered two goals and three points whilst conceding 13.
In terms of team news, Bournemouth are expected to be unchanged from the side that won at Palace in midweek.
Francis Coquelin is rumoured to be fit enough to start for The Gunners, with Alexis Sanchez in line to start his first Premier League match since his return from injury.