The new Premier League season will be three matchdays old when the weekend’s action kicks off. Newly-promoted Bournemouth will play hosts to an on-fire Arsenal side on Saturday, and the Cherries will hope to do what Brentford did to the Gunners last season, although the circumstances have changed for the away side.
The main aim for Parker and his men would be to sustain the strong challenge of the Premier League, although the current list of fixtures may not offer too much hope. After Manchester City and Arsenal, the Cherries next face Liverpool, although there is some level of reprieve in store after that.
Arteta will be pleased with how his team has begun the season. Arsenal and Manchester City are the only remaining teams with a 100 per cent record after two matchdays. The Gunners followed up on their opening night victory over Crystal Palace with a star showing against Leicester City last weekend.
Scott Parker used his press conference to relay some updates on his team. While David Brooks remains absent indefinitely, the Bournemouth manager mentioned the player will soon join group training. Meanwhile, summer arrivals Joe Rothwell and Ryan Fredericks are unavailable through their respective injuries.
Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Travers; Lerma, Mepham, Kelly; Smith, Cook, Billing, Zemura; Tavernier, Christie; Moore
Mikel Arteta informed the press he has a full strength squad for the Bournemouth game, except Reiss Nelson, who remains sidelined with a quad injury. From last week’s win against Leicester City, many players who were fitness doubts have improved, with the focus on Fabio Vieira.