Arsenal face AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday, just a few days after their 2-0 win over Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.
Unai Emery’s side moved up into the top four with a victory on Sunday, whilst Manchester United dropped points to Liverpool and Chelsea took the weekend off to lose the League Cup final.
The Gunners have matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United coming up, so it’s crucial they get a win over Bournemouth in preparation for those two final big-six games of the campaign. There’s no point resting players just to drop points in all three games, Emery has to go strong and win on Wednesday.
Let’s have a look at our predicted Arsenal lineup for the clash…
1Goalkeeper and Defence
Bernd Leno kept a clean sheet with a good performance on Sunday, and he’ll almost certainly keep his place over Petr Cech for this match.
Considering how well the 4-2-3-1 system has worked in the last two games, Unai Emery will probably stick with it again, meaning four at the back. Sead Kolasinac was one of Arsenal’s best players at the weekend, so he’ll keep his place on the left, but expect some changes in the other three positions.
Stephan Lichtsteiner picked up a knock against Southampton. Although Emery seems hopeful it’s nothing serious, you’d imagine Ainsley Maitland-Niles will come back into the team after illness, just in case.
In defence, Laurent Koscielny is fit again and Shkodran Mustafi was played 90 minutes twice in the last few days. As a result, the Frenchman should come in alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos.