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That’s the verdict of former Gunners star and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who expects the Cherries to run out 2-1 winners at the Vitality Stadium.

Arsenal go into their showdown with Eddie Howe’s side off the back of a four-game winless run in all competitions.

And they need a win to ensure they stay in touch with the rest of the Champions League chasers.

Merson believes Arsenal will face a Bournemouth team that are on the front foot and see their poor form continue.

“Arsenal weren’t free flowing at Chelsea by any means but it was a good result for the first leg of a semi-final, there’s no doubt about that,” he told Sky Sports.

“Bournemouth will take the game to Arsenal and I fancy them to get a result. 

“I just don’t think Arsenal are that good at the moment.

“They struggled at the Vitality last season and I think Bournemouth will go after them again.”

Arsenal are currently six in the Premier League having collected the 39 points from 22 games.

They could end the weekend eight points adrift of the top four if they lose to Bournemouth.