It’s been a tough start to 2016, and we’ve really struggled to get our motor running. We’re goalless in the last three games, but hopefully that will change against Bournemouth this Sunday.
We’ve got a few players back from injury who are now in contention, and our squad depth is finally starting to look a little better.
Here’s how we think Arsene Wenger will line up against Bournemouth:
GK) Petr Cech
Cech has been key to our defensive stability this season, and our failure to score recently has seen his performances grow in importance. If he’s fit, he starts.
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RB) Hector Bellerin
Worryingly, Bellerin is currently our only real option at right-back. Mathieu Debuchy is gone, and although Calum Chambers can do a job, the Spaniard is likely to be first choice for the rest of the campaign.
LB) Nacho Monreal
Kieran Gibbs should put up a bit more of a fight at left-back, but Monreal has still unquestionably nailed down that starting spot.
CB) Laurent Koscielny
Injuries aside, it’s usually Laurent Koscielny plus one at the back. He’s one of the first names on the teamsheet, and should get the nod once again against Bournemouth.
CB) Per Mertesacker
The giant German was benched against Southampton, and potentially could be once again this weekend. Arsene Wenger has shown great faith in the Mertscielny partnership though, and as Gabriel Paulista wasn’t exactly outstanding it’s highly possible the veteran could start.
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