Arsenal will seek to end their winless start to 2018 when they travel to the Vitality Stadium to take on Bournemouth. The north London giants had an unpleasant trip to the south coast last time around as they had to come from three goals down to register a 3-3 draw and Arsene Wenger will be expecting a better performance from his side to keep them in the top four hunt. The pair of Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil are likely to return for the fixture after recovering from their respective injuries.
Petr Cech has not missed a single league match for the Gunners this season and he is a genuine starter between the sticks. In defence, there may not be any changes likewise with Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding taking up the central defensive positions.
Hector Bellerin has found form for Arsenal of late in the right wing-back spot and he is likely to maintain his role with Ainsley Maitland-Niles occupying the opposition flank. Maitland-Niles has impressed since his Premier League debut against Newcastle United and he is likely to feature in the left wing-back role unless Sead Kolasinac has fully recovered from his muscular injury.
In midfield, Jack Wilshere remains a genuine doubt for the Gunners with an ankle sprain, and his absence may offer Mohamed Elneny a role alongside Granit Xhaka in the centre of the park. Ramsey has also deemed fit to make the matchday squad but Wenger usually tends to encourage injury comebacks from substitutes’ bench.
Further forward, Mesut Ozil should return to the mix after his recent injury setback but Alexis Sanchez remains a genuine doubt for the encounter. The Chilean is seemingly close to sealing a move to Manchester United and this may witness Danny Welbeck starting alongside Ozil in a two-man attack behind the main marksman.
Alexandre Lacazette has been the preferred man upfront for the Gunners this term but the Frenchman is seemingly under some pressure after failing to score in seven Premier League outings. He has been found guilty of either taking more time or rushing through his efforts on goal and hopefully, he can end his lean run versus the Cherries.
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