North London giants, Arsenal travel to The Vitality Stadium on Sunday as they aim to extend their 11-match unbeaten run. After a difficult start to the campaign, The Gunners have improved steadily under the tutelage of Unai Emery but face a difficult task on the South Coast when they face high-flying Bournemouth, who are just four points adrift of the 13-time English champions.
Despite a brilliant start to the season, Bournemouth have lost a little bit of momentum having suffered defeats against Manchester United and Newcastle. We take a look at the predicted lineup for Arsenal in the Sunday game.
Bernd Leno has been in superb form since replacing Petr Cech as the number 1 and barring any last-minute injuries, should start in goal. He was majestic for Arsenal against Wolves, thwarting the newly-promoted side time and time again.
Hector Bellerin should start at right back, the Spaniard has looked reborn and revitalised under Unai Emery and will be looking to bomb down the Cherries’ left at every given opportunity.
In the middle of defence, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding should still maintain their partnership as Sokratis Papastathopoulos is still not up to full fitness following an injury complaint. At left back, Sead Kolasinac should still remain as he looks to get back to full fitness with Monreal still out.
At the heart of the midfield, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira have struck what looks like a balanced partnership. Swiss midfielder, Xhaka was impressive for his national team in their stunning comeback win over Belgium while Torreira was also brilliant for Uruguay in the games against France and Brazil.
In attacking midfield, Henrikh Mkhitaryan should play from the right. The Armenian has endured a difficult campaign so far but netted the equalizer against Wolves last time out. In the hole behind the striker, Mesut Ozil is a shoe-in and will be charged with the responsibility of picking holes in the Cherries defence. On the left, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should play and will be expecting to add to his 7 league goals this term so far.
Alexandre Lacazette was a doubt for this game but has been seen at London Colney this week in full training. The Frenchman has been in good form this season and is finally showing the form that convinced Arsenal to shell out over £50m for his signature last year.