4-3-2-1: Ramsey & Holding start: My Arsenal XI vs Bournemouth

By on January 12, 2018


Arsenal go searching for our first win in five games when we take on Bournemouth at Dean Court on Sunday afternoon. Here is the team I would like to see Arsene Wenger select….

Goalkeeper: Cech

Ospina started during our League Cup draw at Chelsea in midweek but it’s time for Cech to be recalled this weekend.

Defence: Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles

We still have problems at the back as Koscielny remains out with an Achilles injury while Monreal is also still nursing an ankle problem. The duo should be back to face Palace next weekend but won’t make the trip to the South Coast on Sunday.

Thankfully Mustafi is back and he was excellent at Stamford Bridge in midweek so he should keep his place while Chambers and Holding also put-in solid displays against the Blues. However, I’d like to see us go with a back four on Sunday and I’d give Holding the nod ahead of Chambers.

Bellerin should keep his place at right-back while Maitland-Niles is set to feature once again as Kolasinac is expected to miss out with his ankle injury.

Midfield: Wilshere, Ramsey, Xhaka

Ramsey is back in the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury so we could finally get to see him in a midfield three along with Wilshere and Xhaka.

Jack received some excellent news yesterday as scans showed his ankle injury is nothing serious after he limped out of the Chelsea game in midweek.

aaron ramsey arsenal

Wenger says he’ll have a late fitness test and I wouldn’t take any risks with him but if he’s fit then I’d love to see him alongside Ramsey. If he’s not 100% then let’s not risk it.

Xhaka would be at the base of the trio with Iwobi or even Elneny ready to step-in if Wilshere isn’t deemed fit to start.

Attack: Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette

Sanchez continues to be linked with a move away from the club this month with Man Utd now battling with City for his signature but until he’s gone we should select him.

Ozil is rated as 50/50 due to a knee injury so let’s pray he’s passed fit as he’d be a huge miss if he’s once again ruled out. We certainly lacked any creativity going forward without him at Chelsea.

Lacazette’s frustrations in front of goal continued in midweek but I’d persist with him and the goals will flow once he regains his confidence. Plus, we have few options behind him as Giroud is still out with a hamstring injury.

This is the team I hope we see: