Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says Arsenal have inspired him
By Nadeem Badshah
Last Updated: 25/11/16 1:56pm
Eddie Howe has revealed Arsenal have had a major influence on how he manages at Bournemouth.
The Cherries face Arsene Wenger's side at the Emirates on Nissan Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD, looking to secure back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
While Howe is full of admiration for Arsenal, he believes his side have the quality to end the Gunners' 18-game unbeaten run which stretches back to the opening day of the season.
He said: "There's a lot to admire about Arsenal. They always stick to their philosophies and are very loyal to their style of play.
"Arsenal have certainly had a big influence on the way I try to manage here. They are a few similarities in the way both sides play.
"Arsenal have quality and pace off the bench. It shows a lot about their attitude given that they have scored a lot of late goals.
"We know we'll need a little bit of luck and for our players to be at their maximum, but we believe we can get a result."
Howe also praised referee Roger East for emailing him to apologise over penalty claims being turned away in the win over Stoke City.
On loan midfielder Jack Wilshere will be unavailable for Bournemouth as he is not allowed to play against his parent club and Howe admits it will be a big loss given the England midfielder's form.
"Jack Wilshere will be a big miss for us. He's been excellent, both with and without the ball," he added.
"It's nice to have players pushing for places. We're got some important selection decisions to make."
Bournemouth have lost all three meetings between the two sides and are yet to score against Arsenal.
Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc faces a late fitness test on his back problem, while winger Jordon Ibe is expected to be available following illness.
Ibe was the victim of a robbery while in his car at the start of November in south-east London, with reports suggesting thieves had threatened the 20-year-old with a knife before making off with a Rolex watch.
Howe confirmed the player was unharmed and is looking to move on from a "really unsavoury unfortunate incident."
The Bournemouth manager said: "Jordon is fine, he is okay, the incident occurred in early November so as far as we were concerned it was dealt with and put to bed, obviously when it comes out in the press, then it resurfaces again.
"It is a difficult one because once the players are out of your control, how do you protect them? You can advise them on places to go and places not to go.
"I think they are going to be easy targets because of their cars and their obvious wealth, it is easy to spot.
"Security measures here [at the club] are very strong, we protect them here and give them any advice we can, but it is really up to the individual concerned to keep themselves safe."