Bournemouth Preview

Micky summed up Bournemouth in  a few words yesterday – Language Schools and David Wagner.

Let’s start with language schools. The moment I passed my driving test at the age of 17 my mates insisted we spent each post-season weekend down in Bournemouth. Why? Because the language schools were full of ladies from Scandinavia with, what we assumed, were looser morals than our North London girlfriends.. We would rent a few rooms in the local B&B’s and go to the school’s discos with the hope of some horizontal exercise. Were the rumours of  degenerate behaviour correct? A gentlemen couldn’t possibly say.

David Wagner: His managerial record at a club whose ground capacity is under 12k is astonishing. Wagner’s first season in 2009 saw him take over a bankrupt club. Winning promotion in his first season he has transformed Bournemouth and brought unimagined glory to the PL smallest club.  I expect him to go to Spurs when the Podgy Argie leaves for Spain.


They have some decent players, in particular, the midfielder David Brooks who scored against us at Dean Park earlier in the season. He has a bright future. Begovic always excels at the Emirates and both King and Wilson are dangerous on the break.

Arsenal: Our home record is impressive and despite a growing long-term injury list we are over-performing this transition season, Win today and we can be either 4 points from Spurs in 3rd (if Spurs lose) or 6 points ahead of the Chavs (if they lose).

Would love to see Ozil start but expect the same starting 11 as the weekend with perhaps Koscielny in for Mustafi and AMG replacing Lichtsteiner should be not be fit.

And what of Auba? Too good for the bench but we play better with one up top (IMO),. Does Emery rotate on a weekly basis? He seems to prefer the industry of Lacazette over the mercurial PEA.

B’mouth have conceded 48 PL goals and I expect us to help them reach the half century. They have lost their last 7 away fixtures.

Trouble is …. as we often discovered with those young Scandigirls that there is many a slip twix’t the cup and the lip:-D

An important game ahead of two very difficult and possibly season defining fixtures



84 Responses to Bournemouth Preview

  1. VP of Oz says:

    Another great pre-match BR
    Many thanks

  2. RA says:

    Very good Post, Big Un, 😃

    You are right to suggest that Embers seems to have a preference for the industrious Lac over Amber.

    But earlier in the season the situation was reversed and Amber was the preferred choice, now maybe for the last part of the season that will happen again.

    I have previously said that I like Amber’s slightly better goals tally, but he seems pretty nondescript in other areas of play — so ………

  3. chas says:

    Thanks, BR.

    Just to prove I read the post….. David Brooks didn’t score earlier in the season as it was ruled out for offside.

    Also, I’ve no idea who AMG is – A Massive Greek? 🙂

    I still think Laca will start Prem games while the Rennes tie is looming on the horizon, since Auba is our only eligible senior striker for the match-up in Brittany.

    Maybe tonight could be season defining?

  4. LBG says:

    Thanks Raddy
    No Callum Wilson for Bournemouth, but Josh King has scored four goals in last five games.
    Hope Dennis might get a start today. We need to see what we have the potential to buy. Think also he might well play well with Mesut.
    Disappointed so many other sites and media are already talking about Sat, and even Manure.
    If we don’t take three points tonight, the Totteringham and Manure games have little relevance as I think fourth place may be out of reach realistically.
    Win tonight and take impetus forward.
    2-1. COYG.

  5. Big Raddy says:

    Typo — AMN but you knew that!

    Brooks 😀 Still a fine fine prospect.

    Sorry about the errors. My proof reader has resigned after I refused a wage demand.

  6. chas says:

    Haha, at least I was awake!

    I’ve still got no idea why Wagner would want to go to the spuds when that Leicester job is beckoning.

    Here’s today’s Spot Cilla photo

  7. TotalArsenal says:

    Bournemouth-watering preview, BR. No wonder you ended up with a Scandi-girl/Denmark! 😀

    I would love the see the same line-up with the exception of Ozil in the middle instead of Rambo. However, I fully expect Emery to force Guendouzi back into the double-DM pivot and Torreira to be benched. If he does that, I expect us to struggle tonight. Hoping for a win but expecting a draw (2-2). CoyRRGs!

  8. Rasp says:

    Nice one Raddy, I must admit a couple of lines raised a titter my end 🙂

    Of course we will win tonight … and if we don’t, I claim supporters optimism syndrome.

    Mr Wagner is a manager I admire … he is one of those who consistently produces teams that are greater than the sum of their parts, and still gets them playing attractive attacking football … a class above the Pulis/Allardyce kick’em ‘n park the bus merchants. It will be a travesty if he doesn’t get a job at a better club in the future (but hopefully not the totts)

  9. mickydidit89 says:

    Superb Erik.
    The perfect mood setter
    Maybe Emery has just clicked Auba is not a wide boy, so it’s an either or with Laca.
    Bit like early season when we had 2 or 3 excellent subs coming off the bench at 60 mins
    Out for day
    See y’all on sofa

  10. Fletch says:

    Cherries fan in peace – personally I would love it if Wagner was Spurs next manager, as long as they leave our Eddie alone! Lost count of the number of times our players and manager have been linked away this season, which has got to be a good sign! Thought we gave you a good game at DEAN COURT but not expecting the same tonight, just hoping we can keep the scoreline respectable… With 6/7 of our first choice 11 out including our most potent attacking threats Wilson and Brooks, our expectations are pretty much rock bottom, but as they say football is a funny old game! Good luck for the rest of the season, tonight excepted of course!

  11. mickydidit89 says:


    I’m not here at the moment, but nice comment. good luck to you fellas, tonight excepted ditto 🙂

    Ok, really off outside

  12. chas says:

    Thanks for the update, Fletch.

    Thanks also for taking the Wagner joke in good spirit, unlike some from other clubs have done.

    But thanks most of all for your team news update. Anything which potentially helps at this stage of the season is most welcome.

    Good luck to the Cherries and I hope you stay in the Prem for many many seasons to come.

  13. Rasp says:

    Great comment, welcome Fletch. Apologies for saying Wagner should go to a better club … there aren’t many better than Bournemouth in many aspects … what I should have said was ‘bigger’ club … but who knows what can be achieved if Wagner stays. Good luck for the rest of the season …. after tonight …

  14. allezkev says:

    Nice preview, I’d go with Ozil, Suarez and Aubameyang this evening, at least with Bournemouth you expect a game of football.

    Is Danny Dyer about to shoot David Cameron?

  15. Big Raddy says:

    9.54 Nice to see Sir Arsene in the pic alongside the sax-playing Dion Dublin

  16. Big Raddy says:

    Fletch. Thanks. You support a fine club.

  17. Big Raddy says:

    Rumours that Nathan Ake is on our radar. Check him out this evening

  18. PE says:

    Your preview is like Ozil at his best.

    With 4 games in 9 days I expect a lot of rotation. Unai has hinted as much.

    Niles. Sokr. Kos. Monr.
    ~~~~~Torr. Guendz.
    ~Suarz. Ozil. Kola.

  19. GunnerN5 says:

    Thank you Raddy.

    I’m trying to imagine you taking your horizontal language lessons, I’m sure that later in the day I will come up with a few appropriate captions – if somebody dosen’t beat me to it!

  20. Cilla’s brooch says:

    I’m in my tent La

  21. Big Raddy says:

    Sun gone down here so time to open a cheeky little Valpolicella and prepare for kick off

  22. LB says:

    Gotta be about rotation tonight, I expect to see Ozil, Monreal and Guendouzi back in action, maybe even AMN as well.

    All good prep for the weekend.

    Thanks for the read BR.

  23. Big Raddy says:

    LB. I agree. Rotation is highly likely with at least 5 players who will not start at Spurs

  24. chas says:

  25. fred1266 says:

    Jenkinson finally

  26. fred1266 says:

    Remember when he was at Chelsea, he wasn’t that impressive

  27. PE says:

    10 from 11 for me. Didn’t see Jenko coming. That’s 6 changes and it’s as much our 1st eleven as the one that played on Sunday.

  28. GunnerN5 says:

    Carl Jenkinson makes his first Premier League start in 830 days
    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang comes in for Alex Lacazette up top
    Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac both start as we opt for a back three

  29. GunnerN5 says:

    19 Leno
    6 Koscielny (c)
    20 Mustafi
    18 Monreal
    25 Jenkinson
    11 Torreira
    29 Guendouzi
    31 Kolasinac
    10 Ozil
    7 Mkhitaryan
    14 Aubameyang

    1 Cech
    20 Mustafi
    4 Elneny
    8 Ramsey
    22 Suarez
    17 Iwobi
    9 Lacazette

  30. RA says:

    Corp Jenks never played for Chelsea, Fred.

    We signed him as a kid from Charlton Athletic.

  31. mickydidit89 says:


    Strong bench and I got sunburnt in february

    Evening all

  32. mickydidit89 says:


    You posted an excellent comment the other day likening Fred to a Two Ronnies sketch, so you know very well he was referring to a comment some years back about William Gallas

  33. RA says:

    Have any of the Vines gone to the game, or have they all gone like a bunch of Grape Vines?


  34. GunnerN5 says:

    RA, they are the De-Vines.

  35. RA says:

    Of course, Micky, how could I forget?

    Fred asked if we remembered him playing for Chelsea? He clearly played for Chelsea without a bra or knickers, and wearing his shiny reflective boots.

    Ahhh, now I remember it well.

    (Umm, who was it?)

  36. mickydidit89 says:

    exactly 🙂

  37. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha chas, just noticed the 180 🙂

  38. chas says:

    Fred was talking about Nathan Ake at Chelsea but it may as well have been about William Gallas.

  39. RA says:

    Of course, GN5, — we have to watch out, or we could easily get dee Vine in dee eye/.

  40. chas says:

    Upskirting is illegal as well now, isn’t it?

  41. RA says:


    I know the answer to that one — cunnilingus!.

  42. chas says:

    Ants and LBG are at the game, RA.

  43. mickydidit89 says:

    You know my view on rules

  44. mickydidit89 says:

    wow, Palace at home to Utd as well tonight

  45. mickydidit89 says:

    You have a selfie stick with your telephone camera on the end, then pretend your searching for bombs as you wander the streets snapping away from below

  46. Big Raddy says:

    That’s a fine start!!

    Get in ….

  47. Big Raddy says:

    Mesut and Mhki on fire.

    2-0 to the Arsenal

  48. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, now I can really lay into the fatboy Malteser mega box

  49. mickydidit89 says:

    Shocking from Leno

  50. Big Raddy says:

    Then Douzi gives them a gift. Come on boys don’t get over-confident

  51. Big Raddy says:

    Entertaining half in which the points should have been home and hosed.

    Sometimes our defensive lapses are pure comedy.

    The Jenks/Mhki combo working well and for once most of our attacks are coming from the right. Ozil playing some lovely stuff and deserved his goal.

    We are missing Xhaka

  52. mickydidit89 says:

    Yip Erik, agree about Granit

  53. mickydidit89 says:

    I reckon at some point we may go 4 at the back and get Iwobi and Laca on

  54. mickydidit89 says:

    cancel my subs comment 🙂

  55. Big Raddy says:

    Koscielny is such a quality player.

    Micky, I expect to see Suarez in the very near future

  56. Big Raddy says:

    You are right about Wobbly

  57. mickydidit89 says:

    superb for Auba

    now Suarez?

  58. Big Raddy says:

    Cracking 4th goal. Mhki really having a superb game

  59. fred1266 says:

    How my boy jenkinson looking

  60. mickydidit89 says:

    He’s doing pretty well

  61. Rasp says:

    All going pretty well then guys …. Micky, are you abroad? I can’t find any way of watching the game in the UK.

  62. Big Raddy says:

    Fred. Jenks playing well.

    Suarez on – has he touched the ball yet?

  63. Big Raddy says:

    Rasp. Liveonline

  64. mickydidit89 says:

    No. I’m watching on liveonlinefooty as usual
    The channel is called Box Nation?!

  65. mickydidit89 says:

    Chavs 1-0 🙂

  66. Rasp says:

    Thanks Micky ….. btw, we don’t really want the chavs to win …. a draw world be the preferred result don’t you think?

  67. mickydidit89 says:

    I want to overtake the neighbours 🙂

  68. Rasp says:

    Do you have to pay for Liveonline?

  69. mickydidit89 says:

    Great result

  70. Big Raddy says:

    Cracking game and excellent win.

  71. Big Raddy says:

    Rasp. Yes you do. It is about €5 a month

  72. mickydidit89 says:


    £7 for two months which is a pain as for years you could do a year at a time, but brilliant as all prem games shown as well as Europa CL

    Here’s link:

  73. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha superb own goal by spurs 🙂 🙂

  74. mickydidit89 says:

    Great evening. Nite all

  75. chas says:

  76. chas says:

    One on Saturday would be nice.

  77. fred1266 says:

    Glad to know jenkinson played well always like him

  78. fred1266 says:

  79. LBG says:

    Ozil, a genius, 8.
    Ouzi, a nineteen year old star, 8 and MOM ( fouled for their goal).
    Referee s***, Bournemouth s***.
    Dick instant reaction to Howe’s attempt to press with change to three at back, makes his own swop to back four. Quality coaching.
    Kola getting better by game, likewise Micky. Corporal Jenks no confidence.
    Thoroughly enjoyable night at the HOF.

  80. chas says:

    Hastily and poorly written. Truth beknown, I didn’t see much of the game. Apologies in advance. Please write your own in the comments.


  81. LBG says:

    Love that strike into the ground from Mesut. Keeper down, “lift” over him with an “Ozil chip”. Simples!

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