Arsenal will go into their game against Bournemouth with one of their lightest injury lists in recent memory.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his teams first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 01: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his teams first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Only Alexandre Lacazette (ankle) and Emile Smith Rowe (concussion) are missing, although Mesut Ozil (hated by Emery) will also miss out.

Alexandre Lacazette is expected back after the international break while the club are being cautious with Smith Rowe after he was knocked out against Forest in the Carabao Cup.

Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin both started against Standard Liege on Thursday night so are unlikely to start against the Cherries.

Rob Holding also started the game but he’s a little further along in his rehabilitation and could feature. That seems unlikely, however, given that Emery rested both Sokratis and David Luiz, both of whom are in the top four in terms of minutes played this season behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and level with Bernd Leno.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on September 14, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on September 14, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Bournemouth, meanwhile, say that both Adam Smith and Dan Gosling are closing in on a return. They have no other issues.

“They are not quite ready for this game but they’re getting close,” Eddie Howe said in his pre-match press conference. “There’s a whole group of players getting closer.

“They’re not there yet but we’re hoping for them to be ready for after the international break, but we’ll see. Other than that I think we’re okay.”

Bournemout have lost all five games against Arsenal but they are optimistic ahead of the tie.

“The boys are believing in themselves and the team and we’re in a good place, but we know from our experience that things can change quickly so we have to be ready,” Howe added.

“I feel that there’s more to come. We are doing something right, I think the spirit in the group has been very strong and that’s why we’ve got the results we have. If we can improve technically then we can be even stronger.

“Arsenal have strength throughout their team, what we have to do is to start better. We can learn from those previous games and start stronger to give ourselves a chance, and to have a chance we have to perform to our best in this game.”

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