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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is confident Bukayo Saka will pen fresh terms with the club, while the Spaniard has weighed in on future transfers ahead of their Premier League trip to Bournemouth this weekend.

After two matches, the Gunners have a perfect record this term, with only Manchester City able to match them for a six-point haul.

England star Saka has played a crucial part for the Spaniard, and speaking ahead of the journey to the Vitality Stadium, his boss remains hopeful he will sign a new contract to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

"I am very confident that we as a club, Bukayo and his family and agent are all aligned," he stated. "Now it's about putting that on a piece of paper.

"I would like that to get done because I don't want players to be distracted in the season. But these things take time."

Arteta also added that future dealings this window would only be made if they were poised to improve the squad, rather than reassure numbers, stating: "We want to only bring certain qualities through that door and if not then it's not worth it.

"I will be totally happy and focused on getting the best out of these players, for sure."

Opposite number Scott Parker has meanwhile hailed his opponent's nous in north London, but believes they could struggle against the Cherries if the hosts make their home turf a fortress.

"What Mikel has done in a short space of time is fantastic," he stated. "They're a good team and a very technical team all over the pitch.

"It's a tight stadium, we need to make it uncomfortable all season. Scoring early against Aston Villa after two years of not being in the Premier League was the perfect start and we need to make sure we generate that kind of energy again."

Bournemouth - Kieffer Moore

Kieffer Moore has scored in each of his last three home league games for Bournemouth - twice in his English league career has he scored in four successive home appearances, doing so in October 2017 with Rotherham and March 2021 with Cardiff.

Arsenal - Gabriel Jesus

Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus has been involved in 10 goals in his last seven Premier League appearances (7 goals, 3 assists), having a hand in all four of the Gunners' goals in their win against Leicester last week.

- Bournemouth have only won one of their 10 Premier League games against Arsenal (D2 L7), a 2-1 victory in January 2018 with goals from Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe.

- Arsenal have won nine of their 12 matches against Bournemouth in all competitions (75%); among teams they've faced at least 10 times, they only have a better win ratio against Reading (100%, won 14/14) and Glossop North End (86%, won 12/14).

- Bournemouth are unbeaten in 11 home league games (W7 D4), winning the last three without conceding. They've not won four in a row at home while keeping a clean sheet each time since April 2010 in League Two.

- Arsenal are looking to win all of their opening three Premier League games in a campaign for the first time since 2004-05. Meanwhile, the Gunners could also win their first two away league games without conceding a goal for the first time since 1993-94.

- Arsenal have named the same starting XI in both of their opening two Premier League games so far this season. The last time they did so in their opening three fixtures was in their last title winning campaign of 2003-04.

Updated August 19, 2022

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