Arsenal travels to face Bournemouth in Mikel Arteta’s first match in charge as the Head Coach. The Gunners are in their worst start to a league season in 38years having just won three of the last 13 league matches.
The Spaniard has taken the reins at the Emirates following the sacking of Unai Emery and an interim spell under Freddie Ljungberg, having spent the past few years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth has been desperately short of goals so far this season and if that’s to change, they’re going to need a drastic improvement from England international Callum Wilson.
The 27-year-old returned to action from the bench against Burnley at the weekend but has just five goals in 17 Premier League appearances this term – may be a shaky Arsenal defense is the tonic he needs?
Wilson returned to action against Burnley and should start but Eddie Howe was without Nathan Ake, Steve Cook, Adam Smith, David Brooks, Lloyd Kelly, Charlie Daniels and Harry Wilson for that match.
Given the hectic schedule and Bournemouth’s poor form, Howe may be tempted to shuffle the pack.
Kieran Tierney (shoulder), Granit Xhaka (concussion), Rob Holding (knee) and Dani Ceballos (hamstring) all remained sidelined after the draw at Everton. Hector Bellerin is in with a chance of returning.
All eyes will be on whether Arteta picks Mesut Ozil for his first game in charge, given there is mounting speculation surrounding the German.
Arsenal showed signs of improvements in the second half during the 0-0 draw with Everton last week. Meanwhile, Bournemouth continued with their poor run and lost at home to Burnley.
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