Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Bournemouth.
The Gunners and the Cherries meet in north London this afternoon in what should prove to be an end-to-end encounter.
Unai Emery’s side sit fourth in the Premier League table heading into gameweek eight, with their most recent domestic result a creditable 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Monday night.
Eddie Howe’s Cherries have also started the season well, sitting in seventh spot ahead of a match in which they will feel they can cause a shock.
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72 mins: Martinelli in the book for a challenge on Harry Wilson.
71 mins: First real involvement for Martinelli as he plays a clever ball over the top for Aubameyang, Ake gets there just in time and nods it behind for a corner.
62 mins: First change for Arsenal as Pepe is replaced by Martinelli.
Ryan Fraser replaces Dominic Solanke for Bournemouth.
58 mins: Bournemouth coming alive now, Leno saved well from Stacey before Billing tries one from range.
Arsenal quiet in the second half so far.
51 mins: Bournemouth should be level! Wilson dances through the defence and past Leno but cuts it across goal and there is no one there to meet it. Lucky for Arsenal that.
Bournemouth get the game going again.
HALF TIME | ARSENAL 1 BOURNEMOUTH 0
Arsenal started brightly and deserved to take the lead, rather poor game since then. Bournemouth have been dire and Arsenal are not taking advantage.
40 mins: Bournemouth break through King who cuts inside and finds Lerma, whose shot almost finds the second tier behind the goal.
37 mins: Arsenal break again and Chambers goes for a rather acrobatic effort, nowhere near Ramsdale’s goal.
32 mins: No side in real control at the moment as we have a break for Ramsdale to get treatment from the Bournemouth physio.
Arsenal by far the better side but no clear chances for the hosts since the goal.
24 mins: VAR check for a penalty here as Rico challenges Pepe. Arsenal get the corner after the check shows Rico won the ball.
19 mins: Another good chance for the Gunners as they break with Xhaka.
The midfielder loses the ball but it is quickly won back by Saka who tees up Pepe, the winger’s effort curls just over the bar.
16 mins: It’s all calmed down a little since the goal, Bournemouth seeing more of the ball but struggling to get anything going when in possession.
9 mins: Great start! The Gunners have looked sharp and are rewarded through David Luiz’s first goal for the club.
He has a free run at the near post to meet Pepe’s corner and nod it across Ramsdale and into the far corner.
Arsenal 1-0 Bournemouth | David Luiz | 9′
6 mins: Aubameyang looks to bend one in at the far post from the edge of the area but whips it just wide. Bright start from the Gunners.
4 mins: The first foray forward for the Gunners with some neat play from Pepe and Aubameyang, Guendouzi asks for a corner when he is blocked down the right but the visitors get the goal kick.
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Top in London?
Crystal Palace’s win over West Ham last night sent them up into fourth and top of the pecking order.
A win for the Gunners today would send them third and above their London rivals, with Chelsea – who face Southampton – a point behind ahead of kick off.
Arsenal have scored 16 goals in their last five games and you would fancy them to add to that today. Third spot is in sight.
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Arsenal vs Bournemouth team news
Emery has plenty of selection dilemmas all across the pitch, with plenty of his youngsters and backup players impressing in the Europa League.
While Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin returned at full-back, the pair may be rested this weekend as they ease back to full fitness.
Gabriel Martinelli starred with two goals and an assist against Standard Liege, though Perre-Emerick Aubameyang will almost certainly take his spot up front with Alexandre Lacazette still out with an ankle injury.
Bukayo Saka should start after being rested on Thursday, though it remains doubtful whether Mesut Ozil will even return to the matchday squad after falling out of favour with Emery.
As for Bournemouth, David Brooks, Charlie Daniels and Junior Stanislas are all out. Ryan Fraser looks set to return, while Adam Smith and Dan Gosling will both be hoping to recover from injury.
TV channel and live stream information
The match will not be televised live in the UK.
You can follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog on the day.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Arsenal have a great record against Bournemouth, winning seven of their nine meetings, losing once and drawing another.
The Gunners thrashed the Cherries 5-1 at the Emirates in February, and also won 2-1 at Vitality Stadium.