Wenger To Make 3 Key Changes: Predicted Arsenal XI vs Bournemouth

By on September 7, 2017

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Arsenal will be desperate to get back to winning ways following a disappointing start to the season when they entertain Bournemouth at the Emirates this weekend.

Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Wenger will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech conceded four goals at Anfield but he did make a couple of excellent saves to prevent the scoreline from being even more embarrassing. Wenger should stick by his No.1 this weekend.

Defence: Shkodran Mustafi failed to secure a move to Inter Milan during the closing stages of the window so Wenger has a decision to make over the German international.

It would be a bold move to leave a £35m signing rotting on the bench and Rob Holding hasn’t been in top form yet this season so I think we’ll see Mustafi come back in to the defence on Saturday.

Laurent Koscielny will obviously keep his place in the middle of the back three while Nacho Monreal looks to have cemented his position on the left-side so Per Mertesacker will have to make do with a place among the substitutes.

Midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed a move to Liverpool last week so we should finally see summer signing Sead Kolasinac play in his more natural left wing-back position.

Hector Bellerin will therefore play on the right and he’ll be looking to bounce back following his disappointing performance at Anfield – although he certainly wasn’t the only one to under-perform that day.

I still don’t think the Granit Xhaka – Aaron Ramsey partnership works in midfield but it’s arguably the best pairing we’ve got so Wenger will no doubt stick with it against Bournemouth.

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Attack: Wenger took the controversial decision to leave Alexandre Lacazette out of the side to face Liverpool before the international break so I fully expect our record signing to return this weekend.

Danny Welbeck is the man most likely to make way as Alexis Sanchez should be passed fit to start in attack after shaking-off a minor ankle injury that he picked up while away with Chile.

Mesut Ozil came under criticism for his performance against Liverpool but he should keep his place in attack meaning the likes of Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi will all remain on the bench.

Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:

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26 Comments

  1. ENIAS TOM

    September 7, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I HAVE MORE FAITH IN ELNENY THAN RAMSEY.

  2. Jebo mann

    September 7, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    I agree with above comment. Xhaka shines when playing along side Elneny. Ramsey just runs around and he is not team concious. Even arsenal trembled on every game Ramsey started. Unfortunately wenger seems to be too old to see that.

  3. Grandad

    September 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Holding and Elneny for Mustafi and Xhaka Two bang average players who we will have difficulty moving on without incurring a massive financial loss. Two more errors of judgement by AW

  4. Garrett

    September 7, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    The 3-4-3 is dead arsenal have given up almost more with the 3-4-3 in the last 15 games than all of last season combined

  5. Jai

    September 7, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Agree. Ramsey is not good enough. Very selfish game he plays.

  6. Akan

    September 7, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Jeff Raine Aelaide and Maitland Niles are better players now than Xhakha and Ramsey will ever be
    and we do have evidence that they do the job at
    this level. The same could have been said of Joel Campbell Who proved his quality yet was dumped by
    the manager for no reason anyone can figure out

  7. Wallab

    September 7, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I would sit Sanchez and have Giroud starting. Welbeck sucks. The rest are fine. Wenger needs to stick with his starting 11 and not change it every game. If they are winning, do not change. This should be for all types of games. Total focus should be placed not only on the PL, but also with the Europa because winning that gets the team back into the CL next season just in case the Top Four does not come about in the PL.

  8. stephen Tachio

    September 7, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I also go with d idea that xhaka go alongside with elneny.

  9. Paul Nelson

    September 7, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I just feel the manager needs to come up with his starting 11 and stop experimenting,,we need energy in that midfield cos Bournemouth will definitely cause us so much trouble

  10. tony santana

    September 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Drop ramsey for elnany dropozil for aelaide the rest as stated then give them games to gel….ok

  11. Gsave

    September 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Elneny is a good ball distributor and his passes are offensive, am sure wenger is killing these players.

  12. Chidiebere obika

    September 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Wenger should keep Sanchez out of the team till he is ready to win and loose with the team rather than showing his distrust of his team mates at every interval,that’s my opinion.

  13. Gsave

    September 7, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    What do you think guys about Chambers at the right wing back? I like his keeping of position

  14. Gsave

    September 7, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Chambers laurent sead
    belerlny xhaka elneny monreal
    sanchez lacazette ozil

  15. Sirvman

    September 7, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    I personally don’t know the rationale why arsene wenger has choose Ramsey to start the game. Because it seems like unserious player. Drop him and start elneny as coleaques says so.

    • Andrew

      September 7, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      yaa for sure,,, Elneny z the way to go… Ramsey so sick fo our team.

  16. jaybee

    September 7, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    concerning the midfield eleny and Xaka are more preferable… i think Ramsey not a motivated player

  17. Ara

    September 7, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Having problem with Czech…. My opinion:
    Ospina
    Mustafi Laurent moreal
    Bellerin xhaka Ramsey dead
    Welbeack Lacazette Sanchez

  18. Shachia john

    September 8, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Will prefer xhaka nd elnery in dat standing 4 bcus ramsy no wan sabi play ball.

  19. Br

    September 8, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Wenger Should play 433 formation and Ramsey left on the bench to come as sub,like our first game. play Elneny xaka and coq in mid field,then Sanchez, lacazet and ozil forward. Defence should have sead kos mustafi bellerin

  20. picard2bridge

    September 8, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Thanks God Wenger is the manager and not some of these exspurts who are commenting here. Are they even watching the same players. Yes, Xhaka is prone to one or two major misplaced passes a game as he puts the ball were he expects team mates to move to and they are not on the same wavelength, but that will pass. Meanwhile he has more touches than anyone on the park and wants the ball. And his log passing is fantastic.

    Ramsey is creative and unexpected. Moves forward a lot, and is hard for other teams to read. At his best he is world class, and at his worst is usually still a contributor. Uneven, but a good player.

    The real porblems re about defensive positioning and cover. 3 at the back not working because the wrong players are in the wrong positions. Monreal in particualr seems to push out to full back too much, and make runs yup the wing as if he were a wing back. Needs to keep his shape. His work rate and effort are unquestioned, but this is an issue for him. With Kol back in the side, we will improve as well.

    • olorishola

      September 8, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Kudos 2 u

  21. Gsave

    September 8, 2017 at 6:56 am

    As per registers, real Arsenal supporters are polite and love to hear others’ lines of thinking

  22. Trebor

    September 8, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I would try sead next to ahaxa or coq, put Alex sancez in goal with chef as striker at least he can throw the ball in the net and who would try and score against are little man ?,that just wouldn’t be right, get no street Fred for picking on the small ones

  23. isaac

    September 8, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    I will love to see Alex Nwobi replace Ozil and Eleney replace ramzy

  24. isaac

    September 8, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I will love to see Alex Nwobi replace Ozil and Eleney replace ramzy. The players should be aggressive and play at all cost to win. The manager must be hard on the player

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