The teams have been revealed for our clash with Bournemouth, and while most of the changes made were somewhat predictable, there are certainly a couple of surprises in there.
Petr Cech keeps his place despite a poor display against Southampton, with David Ospina still restricted to a spot on the bench. There are changes ahead of him though, with a new look defence after the debacle at St Mary’s.
Hector Bellerin predictably keeps his place at right-back, with Mathieu Debuchy once again left out in the cold. Per Mertesacker strangely keeps his place too though, at the expense of Laurent Koscielny. Both men were poor against the Saints, but it’s the Frenchman who is dropped for Gabriel Paulista. Kieran Gibbs also comes in for Nacho Monreal, although that’s probably more about fatigue than anything else.
There’s big news in midfield, with Calum Chambers starting in the holding role alongside Aaron Ramsey. There’s no sign of Mathieu Flamini, suggesting the ankle injury being touted has indeed kept him out (via the Mirror).
Mesut Özil obviously keeps his place as the No.10, with one average display not enough to see him dropped.
Joel Campbell is dropped in favour of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, again possibly a case of fatigue rather than form. Theo Walcott keeps his spot on the opposite flank, while Olivier Giroud continues up front.
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The Bournemouth team is as follows:
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We badly need to bounce straight back from our loss against Southampton, and a home game against relegation candidates Bournemouth is the perfect way to do it.
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Hopefully the team are fired up following the Boxing Day disaster, and are ready to get our title march back on track.
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