'At home, we'd fancy ourselves' - Mepham says Cherries will take 'confidence' into Arsenal clash

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Chris Mepham has played in both matches so far for Cherries (Picture: Richard Crease)
Chris Mepham has played in both matches so far for Cherries (Picture: Richard Crease)

CHRIS Mepham insists Cherries will head into this weekend's match against Arsenal with "confidence", despite a heavy 4-0 loss at Manchester City last time out.

Cherries began their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Vitality Stadium, before being soundly beaten by the champions at Etihad Stadium.

It is a return to home comforts this weekend for Scott Parker's troops, but they face a tough-looking challenge against in-form Arsenal, who have won both their matches so far this campaign, scoring six goals.

Discussing the prospect of facing the Gunners, Mepham told the Daily Echo: "We’ve got to take confidence from that (Aston Villa) game, in front of a home crowd.

"The atmosphere was unreal and we got an early goal to obviously get everyone behind us. I think we need to have the same mindset this week coming up.

"A very tough team. Obviously won both of their opening two games, so we know it’s going to be a big ask, but I think at home, we’d fancy ourselves.

"Hopefully give a good account of ourselves and have a good performance to give the crowd something to cheer about."

Mepham is set to face another familiar face this weekend.

Having battled former Cherries star Nathan Ake at the Etihad, another ex-teammate in goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is set to make his return to Vitality Stadium this weekend with the Gunners.

"It’s obviously nice to see players like that go on and do really well," said Mepham.

"I spoke to Nath (on Saturday) and he seems to be really enjoying it.

"He looks at home (there) and it’s obviously really nice to see teammates you were with move on to world-class teams and hold their own.

"They’re both examples that have done that."