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Bournemouth receives massive fitness boost ahead of Arsenal clash

AFC Bournemouth have recived a big injury boost ahead of the Premier League clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this weekend

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AFC Bournemouth are set to face Arsenal this Saturday with a significant fitness boost, as Antoine Semenyo is set to make a return to the squad despite initial concerns over a knee injury.

Anticipation was rife that Semenyo would miss the crucial clash, but a clear MRI scan has paved the way for the 24-year-old Ghanaian winger’s inclusion, much to the relief of Cherries fans.

Semenyo has been a standout performer for Bournemouth this season, contributing to 10 goals across 30 Premier League appearances, showcasing his importance to the team’s attacking setup.

The return of star defender Illia Zabarnyi further bolsters Bournemouth’s lineup, following his absence in their recent 3-0 victory over Brighton. Additionally, the availability of Philip Billing and Romain Faivre provides manager Andoni Iraola with additional options as they seek to cause an upset against a title-chasing Arsenal side.

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Despite being labelled as underdogs, Bournemouth enters the match in impressive form, having secured consecutive Premier League victories without conceding a goal. The club has already enjoyed its best-ever Premier League season, setting a new points record with their recent win over Brighton.

AFC Bournemouth forward Antoine Semenyo

AFC Bournemouth forward Antoine Semenyo (Image credit: Getty Images)

However, Iraola remains focused on accumulating more points, emphasising the team’s determination to compete in every game. Acknowledging the challenge posed by Arsenal, Iraola expressed confidence in his team’s improved strength and ability to give their opponents a tough test.


“We still want more points,” Iraola said during his pre-match press conference on Friday. “We have three very difficult games, starting with tomorrow, but we are going to keep trying to be competitive in every game.

“Tomorrow is a really difficult game for us, really difficult, they are in good form and they have no injuries or will have most of the squad available.

“They are playing for the title, so at the end, it’s going to be a difficult game and I hope we can be at the level.

“I think we are stronger now. I think we have improved [since we last played Arsenal] and I hope we can give them a good game.”

The last fixture between the two sides ended in a 4-0 victory for Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium in September. Now, Bournemouth aim to put up a stronger showing as they prepare to face an in-form Arsenal squad eager to secure the Premier League title.

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