Ozil starts as Emery makes 4 changes | Expected Arsenal line-up vs Bournemouth
Arsenal take on Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Unai Emery will select for the game:
Arsenal will be looking to cement their position in the top four with a win over Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Unai Emery will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno was excellent against Southampton on Sunday afternoon and made a number of impressive saves to keep a clean sheet so no doubt he’ll keep his place with Petr Cech having to make-do with a place on the bench.
Defence: Emery has deployed a back four in the past two matches and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him stick with that system tomorrow night. Laurent Koscielny is pushing for a recall and I think he could come back in alongside Sokratis with Shkodran Mustafi the man most likely to make way.
Stephan Lichtsteiner will be given a late fitness check after being forced off with a back injury during Arsenal’s win over Southampton but Ainsley Maitland-Niles is back in contention after recovering from illness. Nacho Monreal is pushing for a recall but Sead Kolasinac is expected to retain his place at left-back.
Midfield: Arsenal looked far more solid in the middle of the park with Lucas Torreira back alongside Granit Xhaka at the weekend. They enjoyed a fine partnership earlier in the season and I think Torreira brings the best out of Xhaka so I’d be surprised if they were split-up against Bournemouth. That means Matteo Guendouzi may have to make-do with a place on the bench.
Attack: Alex Iwobi is a doubt after limping off with a calf problem on Sunday afternoon and I don’t think Emery will risk the Nigerian international from the start tomorrow night.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to be recalled after being named on the bench at the weekend but he may be deployed in a wider role if Emery sticks with the 4-2-3-1 formation that’s brought us wins over BATE Borisov and Southampton.
Alexandre Lacazette should keep his place up front after getting on the score-sheet again on Sunday while Henrikh Mkhitaryan will feel he’s done enough to retain his spot in the attack after capping an excellent performance with a goal at the weekend.
Aaron Ramsey will have been disappointed with his display against the Saints so I think he’ll drop out which could pave the way for Mesut Ozil to be recalled. He impressed against BATE and enjoyed a decent cameo at the weekend so I wouldn’t be surprised if Ozil was back in the starting eleven tomorrow night.
Denis Suarez may therefore have to settle for a place among the substitutes yet again as he slowly adapts to life in England following his January loan move from Barcelona.
Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:
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