Arsenal will be aiming to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they face Bournemouth on the road today.
The Gunners are unbeaten after six games into the league season, but they have dropped four points in the form of draws.
The club are trailing by the same margin to Manchester City, who are top of the table and can’t afford another such result.
David Raya has been Mikel Arteta‘s preferred choice in the last two Premier League games as well as the Champions League opener. Aaron Ramsdale started in the Carabao Cup win in midweek, but he is likely to make way for the Spaniard today.
In defence, Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes and Oleksandr Zinchenko should be assured starters. Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jakub Kiwior had good outings in the League Cup win at Brentford, but are likely to drop to the substitutes’ bench.
Similarly, Jorginho is expected to drop to the bench with Declan Rice fit after his back problem. Kai Havertz and Martin Odegaard are expected to complete the midfield. Fabio Vieira picked up a minor knock against Spurs last weekend and is a doubt.
Bukayo Saka has overcome a foot injury which forced him to miss the Brentford game. He will start on the right wing. Gabriel Jesus is set to feature on the left with Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard injured at the current point of time.
Eddie Nketiah has drawn blank in the past few outings, but the Gunners don’t have any stand-out striking options with Jesus playing on the left. The club graduate should get another opportunity to prove his worth to the manager.
Predicted Arsenal line-up (4-3-3): Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Rice, Odegaard, Havertz; Saka, Nketiah, Jesus.