Arsenal return to the Premier League with a trip to the South Coast to face a struggling Bournemouth on Sunday.
Arsenal are without Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal, Olivier Giroud, Kolasinac and Koscielny. The French pair have achilles and hamstring problem while Kolasinac and Monreal both have ankle injuries. Ozil and Ramsey are doubtful for the game but may start from the bench.
For the Cherries, Jermain Defoe is out with ankle problem, while both King and Stanislas are under scrutiny due to their hamstring woes.
Gunners will be going for a back three most probably as Wenger may opt for that, Iwobi and Welbeck are poised to start as Sanchez may well be on course for a move away. Lacazette is expected to start while new signing Konstantinos Mavropanos may feature as well.
The home side are without Defoe, but Wilson up front is back among the goals and will start. It has to see whether manager Eddie Howe goes with a back four or deploys an extra defender in their heart of defense and Benik Afobe may get some game time against his former club as well.
Arsenal are currently without a win in four and that run may continue if they don’t put up a good show at the Vitality Stadium. Arsene Wenger will be up in the stands and will be hoping his team do well and don’t crumble under pressure. Alexis Sanchez may well be a history for Arsenal in a couple of weeks and the others will have to step up and perform. Gunners are currently 6th and it is high time that they start winning otherwise they may come short for the top four race yet again. Given Arsenal’s bad away form this season and dismal defensive record, manager Eddie Howe can really hope to gun the Gunners down.
Probable Line Up:
Form Guide: (Latest at Right)
Bournemouth: L D W D D
Arsenal: W D D L D
Arsenal came back from 3-0 down to make 3-3 in their encounter at Vitality last season as Olivier Giroud scored a stoppage time equalizer for the Gunners. In the reverse fixture this season, the Gunners won 3-0 as Lacazette scored one goal and Welbeck scored a brace.
Betting Odds: (via bet365)
The match will be telecast live on Star Sports Select 1 and 1 HD from 19.00 IST on Sunday for Indian viewers.