Andy Gray states his prediction for Arsenal v Bournemouth

Andy Gray is expecting to see an Arsenal response when they host Bournemouth on Monday evening

Andy Gray is expecting Arsenal to comfortably return to winning ways when they host Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on Monday afternoon.

The north London side slumped to a shock 4-0 defeat by Southampton on Boxing Day as Arsene Wenger’s men spectacularly squandered their chance to move to the top of the Premier League table.

Arsenal had been tipped by many to be the emerging favourites to win the Premier League title this season after their impressive 2-1 win over Manchester City last week.

However, their surprise defeat on the south coast has caused some to question whether they have what it takes to sustain a genuine title challenge this term.

However, former Everton man Gray is fully expecting the north Londoners to claim victory over Bournemouth on Monday.

Gray wrote on his blog for Paddy Power: “I agree with Wenger that they were unlucky with the goals they conceded but watching the whole game Arsenal were very, very poor. There was no sharpness in their play, they looked ponderous and tired. They were very disappointing.

“I think we have to expect a response from the players against Bournemouth.

“Bournemouth have nothing to lose, who are heavy underdogs at The Emirates. They could be worth a punt but I still think Arsenal will bounce back and get the win comfortably. I’m thinking at least 2-0 if not more.”

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Arsenal, who finished third last season, are aiming to win their first Premier League title since 2003-04.

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