The teams have been announced for our Premier League clash with Bournemouth, and Arsenal fans will be disappointed with a few of Arsene Wenger’s decision.
Petr Cech naturally starts between the posts, with David Ospina taking his usual place on the bench. Gabriel Paulista continues to keep Per Mertesacker on the bench, with Wenger potentially hoping the Brazilian will play the same way he did last time against Bournemouth. Laurent Koscielny partners him at the back, with their pace likely to prove useful if we’re dominating possession and playing a high line.
Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal start out wide, with the Spanish duo unquestionably first choice this season. The 20-year-old hasn’t been quite at his best recently, but should get some joy against Bournemouth.
Surprisingly, Mathieu Flamini keeps his place in midfield, with Francis Coquelin on the bench and Mohamed Elneny and Calum Chambers nowhere to be seen. The experienced Frenchman has been poor at times this season, so it’s strange that Wenger is keeping faith in him, but perhaps Coquelin isn’t quite at full fitness yet.
Aaron Ramsey is alongside him in midfield, and the Welshman will be disappointed not to see Coquelin in the team. Flamini requires Ramsey to be a little more disciplined in midfield and really curbs his freedom; not what we get from Coquelin.
Wenger looks to have lost faith with Theo Walcott, as he is once again on the bench. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain starts ahead of him, with Alexis Sanchez on the opposite flank. Mesut Özil is unsurprisingly set to pull the strings from the No.10 spot, while Olivier Giroud continues to lead the line.
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We’ll be facing a former Gunner in Benik Afobe, and he’s in excellent scoring form so we need to watch out for him. Bournemouth are relative minnows as far as we’re concerned though, and we really should be asserting ourselves today.
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Nothing short of a win will do, and ideally we need a dominant win with plenty of goals.