Predicted Bournemouth line-up to face Arsenal in the Premier League
The Cherries have been a surprise package this season, playing a free-flowing brand of football, currently occupying sixth place on the table.
After a bright start, however, Bournemouth have lost a bit of momentum in the last couple of games. But Eddie Howe will hope his side bounces back against the Gunners, who are unbeaten in their last 16 games in all competitions.
Jefferson Lerma will also miss the game against Arsenal, while Joshua King and Junior Stanislas are touch and go.
Meanwhile, Asmir Begovic is expected to recover from the thumb injury in time for Sunday’s crunch clash.
Probable Bournemouth XI
Manager: Eddie Howe
Asmir Begovic (GK)
Begovic has started every Premier League game for Bournemouth so far and he’ll continue guarding the goal.
Simon Francis (RB)
The Bournemouth captain is expected to continue at right-back. He will have to be at his sublime best to keep the in-form Aubameyang at bay.
Steve Cook (CB)
Cook has been a rock at the back for Bournemouth this season and will relish the battle that Lacazette brings to the table.
Nathan Ake (CB)
Ake has forged an excellent partnership with Cook so far and should start again at home against the Gunners.
Charlie Daniels (LB)
A long-term injury to Smith could see Daniels come in at left-back. A fantastic crosser of the ball, Daniels will look to cause problems to the Arsenal defence with his deliveries into the box.
Jordan Ibe (RM)
With his pace and directness, he could give the Arsenal defenders a run for their money.
Lewis Cook (CM)
Cook brings a calming influence to the midfield and operates as a key attacking outlet from a deeper position.
Dan Gosling (CM)
Gosling is a tenacious midfielder who will look to disrupt Arsenal’s free-flowing attacking game on Sunday.
Ryan Fraser (LM)
The Scottish winger started the season on fire and despite fading a bit in recent weeks, he should be one of the first names on the team sheet against the Gunners.
David Brooks (CAM)
Brooks gives a different flavour to Bournemouth’s play in the final third. He is a definite starter at the weekend.
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Callum Wilson (ST)
Wilson has been in breathtaking form for the Cherries this season. After scoring on his international debut, he’ll be confident to go against a shaky Arsenal defence.