Arsenal v Bournemouth Team News
Unai Emery is expected to welcome back a host of first-team players when Arsenal welcome Bournemouth to the Emirates on Sunday.
Emery made 10 changes for Arsenal’s 4-0 Europa League victory at home to Standard Liege on Thursday, resting a number of key personnel, and he is expected to recall most of those players for the Premier League clash against the Cherries.
Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been nominated for September’s Premier League Player of the Month, came off the bench for the final 10 minutes of the European triumph and he is likely to start on Sunday afternoon.
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Club-record signing Nicolas Pepe also made a late cameo against Liege and he will join the former Borussia Dortmund-man in attack for the Bournemouth visit, while Gabriel Martinelli is pushing for a first league start after scoring four goals from his last two matches.
Switzerland international Granit Xhaka, who is just one booking away from a one-game ban, is in line to return in midfield but French forward Alexandre Lacazette, who has scored two league goals this term, is still sidelined by an ankle injury.
Goalkeeper Bernd Leno is expected to return in goal despite the impressive performances of Emiliano Martinez, who is yet to concede a goal from the three games he has played this season, while Sead Kolasinac could replace Kieran Tierney at left-back due to the latter’s lack of playing time since arriving from Celtic in the summer.
Bournemouth head to the Emirates on the back of an entertaining 2-2 draw against West Ham United but even though the Cherries’ football has been entertaining, they remain without a league clean sheet this term and have kept only one in their last 11 top-flight matches.
Eddie Howe, who is up for the September PL Manager of the Month award, will be without defender Chris Mepham after he picked up a calf injury but midfielder Dan Gosling, who has been out of action for two months with a groin problem, is closing in on a return. Full-back Adam Smith remains unavailable due to a hamstring issue.
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) October 4, 2019
England international Callum Wilson is looking to score in five consecutive league games for the first time since March 2014 when he was at Coventry and he looks to have a good chance of achieving this, having scored three goals in four Premier League appearances against Arsenal.