Fresh from their goalless Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge during the week, Arsenal travel down for Bournemouth as they return to Premier League action once again.
Both sides have struggled for points of late in the league, which puts even more emphasis on this encounter at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
In their third season in the top flight, Bournemouth have struggled to find consistency and currently find themselves placed just one point above the drop zone in 16th place.
The most recent meeting between the two at Bournemouth came last season in a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Vitality Stadium.
Arsenal’s last match at Bournemouth also came in January last year as they came from 3-0 down to claim a point, a match in which they lined up strongly in.
Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Iwobi, Sanchez, Giroud
It was a fixture which the hosts completely dominated in the opening half, as they raced to a 2-0 lead at the break thanks to goals from Charlie Daniels and a penalty from Callum Wilson.
Ryan Fraser furthered the hosts lead in the 58th minute, at which point the encounter looked finished.
Arsenal had other thoughts though, and Alexis Sanchez and Lucas Perez scored in the space of five minutes to leave the match evenly poised going into the final minutes.
Olivier Giroud scored the equaliser late on to complete a remarkable comeback for the Gunners, although a draw wasn’t really what they were after in this kind of game.
The hosts were also reduced to ten men on the day as Simon Francis saw red late on whilst Steve Cook, Artur Boruc and Harry Arter were all cautioned.
As for the Gunners, Mustafi, Bellerin and Ramsey all picked up yellows throughout the course of the game. The result left Arsenal in 4th place in the Premier League.
The visitors will need to put in a much better performance if they are to come away with anything from this one as Bournemouth will know that they need to pick up points too.