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The French striker, despite his goalscoring form, has been left out of the starting XI, while a fellow Frenchman has made a surprise return

Arsene Wenger has dropped Olivier Giroud to the bench for the Premier League meeting with Bournemouth, while Mathieu Debuchy is given a start at right-back.

Gunners fans had called for Wenger to start the France striker ahead of Alexis Sanchez in the striker role due to his stellar goal return this season, but the manager has opted to once again start with the Chilean at the head of his attack.

Debuchy, meanwhile, makes his first Premier League start since Arsenal tangled with Spurs in November 2015, which marks only his fifth start in the league since the beginning of last year.

Elsewhere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is prefered to Alex Iwobi, while Granit Xhaka starts alongside Mohamed Elneny in central midfield.

For Bournemouth, Jack Wilshere is ineligible to play against his parent club due to the terms of his loan agreement.

Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Debuchy, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Elneny; Walcott, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Alexis

Subs: Gibbs, Gabriel, Ramsey, Giroud, Ospina, Iwobi, Coquelin

Bournemouth starting XI: Federici; Smith, Francis, Cook, Smith; Gosling, Ake, Arter; King, Wilson, Stanislas

Subs: Pugh, Afobe, Allsop, Fraser, Mings, Mousset, Ibe