Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Bournemouth

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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium on Sunday

Arsenal face Bournemouth on Sunday in a match that Arsene Wenger is fully aware his side must take three points from.

Wenger's side are currently 18 games unbeaten in all competitions but the performances of late include a stalemate against Middlesbrough and a fortunate draw at Old Trafford, while Wednesday's 2-2 result with Paris Saint-Germain provided another example of how Arsenal's form has started to slip.

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Eddie Howe's men come into this game having beaten Stoke last week, but the absence of on-loan Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is likely to be a massive blow.


ARSENAL INJURIES


The Gunners have no injury concerns from Wednesday's midweek match against PSG and Wenger has confirmed that Lucas Perez may be in contention for the EFL Cup game with Southampton next week.

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Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla are still on the sidelines while Mathieu Debuchy will come back into the fold after he plays another game for Arsenal under-23s.


ARSENAL SUSPENSIONS


Arsenal currently have no suspended players but Bournemouth welcome back Adam Smith from his ban and Jordon Ibe returns following illness.


ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Petr Cech will be welcomed back in goal for the match in north London and Granit Xhaka could start in the centre of midfield after being dropped to the substitutes' bench for the visit of PSG.

French frontman Olivier Giroud looked back to his best in the game against France's finest and he's expected to lead the line for the second successive game, while the trio of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott look likely to support him.

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Carl Jenkinson was the subject of criticism after a below-par performance against PSG but he will continue at right-back due to the injury absence of Bellerin.


BOURNEMOUTH DOSSIER


Bournemouth sit 10 points behind Arsenal in the league with manager Howe being linked as a replacement for Wenger in recent weeks.

Premier League table

Howe has managed to get the best out of on-loan Gunners midfielder Wilshere and the young English boss will be looking to impress the watching Arsenal hierarchy when his team take to the pitch on Sunday.

Callum Wilson is their top goalscorer with three goals while the returning Adam Smith has three assists to his name. Ibe, another returning player, has created the most chances for the Cherries (15) plus the most key passes (15).


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Mesut Ozil has had a hand in three of Arsenal's four Premier League goals against Bournemouth, scoring two and assisting one.
     
  • Bournemouth have hit the woodwork 13 times in the Premier League this season; six more times than any other team.
     
  • The Gunners have seen their substitutes provide five goals and five assists in the Premier League this season; more than any other team.

TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


Kick off is at 2:15pm and live coverage will be available on Sky Sports 1 from 2pm.

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