Bournemouth vs Arsenal preview, betting tips and prediction: Gunners could find it tough to bounce back from Cup shock

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Such is the growing desire for change among the Arsenal fans, it doesn’t take much for disaster to strike for the Gunners these days. That said, the latest episode that set them off was particularly rough; the 4-2 defeat at Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Sunday has hung Arsene Wenger out to dry again. They gave up their crown, the trophy they have won in three of the last four seasons, up without much fight, meaning they head to Bournemouth with the fans baying for blood.

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The Cherries enjoyed a contrast of emotions in their FA Cup tie against 2013 winners Wigan Athletic, coming from 2-0 down to earn a replay. Last year, though, it was Arsenal who sprung a comeback at the Vitality Stadium, recovering from a three-goal deficit to snatch a draw, They may find it tough again here, but should be favourites.

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It has been a tough season for Bournemouth on the whole, despite spending big in the summer. They are still well in the thick of the relegation scrap and have not yet found consistency. Over the last six games in all competitions, they have won just once, against Everton, but have three draws.

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Arsenal are going through a rough spell right now and Arsene Wenger is feeling the strain. He is currently serving a touchline ban after comments made about officials after the draw with West Brom; they’ve only won one of their last six.

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Junior Stanislas and Jermain Defoe are still missing for Bournemouth, while Aaron Ramsey is not yet fit enough to feature for Arsenal. It is not yet known whether Alexis Sanchez will play, with speculation over a move to Manchester City mounting despite Wenger insisting the two clubs have not been in contact.

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