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Flamini & Giroud Out: The Arsenal XI That Should Face Bournemouth
Arsenal desperately need a win when we take on AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court on Sunday afternoon….this is the team I’d like to see Arsene Wenger go with.
Petr Cech should keep his place in goal, obviously.
Defence: Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal
Per Mertesacker is pushing for a recall after being left on the bench against Southampton on Tuesday but I see no reason why we should drop Gabriel. He didn’t put a foot wrong and he doesn’t get exposed like Mertesacker does due to a lack of pace, so I’d stick with the Brazilian alongside Koscielny.
Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal have established themselves as our first choice full-backs so they should once again start this weekend.
Midfield: Coquelin, Ramsey
I have no idea why Wenger left Coquelin on the bench and started Flamini in midweek but I do know it shouldn’t happen again…ever. The Flamini/Ramsey partnership doesn’t work and now that we have Coquelin and Elneny available, Flamini shouldn’t even be near the bench let alone the starting eleven.
Attack: Campbell, Ozil, Sanchez
Campbell was poor on Tuesday night but he’s done enough over the past couple of months to warrant another start. Obviously Ozil and Sanchez will keep their places in attack as the duo were unlucky not to create at least one goal against the Saints. If they play like they did on Tuesday again this weekend, hopefully we’re take our chances this time.
Giroud missed a hat-full of chances last time out and he often comes back stronger after having a breather, so I’d give him a rest on Sunday and play Walcott through the middle. Theo is in a poor run of form himself and badly needs a confidence booster so stick him up front where he was flying before his injury in December. Hopefully that will do the trick.
This would be my line-up:
What do you think? What team would you go with?