Arsenal’s predicted XI to face Bournemouth this weekend

Can Arsenal extend their unbeaten run to eight games against Bournemouth?

That will be what Unai Emery is hoping for at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

He can certainly be happy with his team’s work at the moment. The Gunners have just come off the back of a 4-0 victory against Standard Liege and should be feeling confident as they look towards the Cherries.

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Of course, there will be plenty of changes following that Europa League fixture. Here, we try and predict the former Sevilla boss’ starting XI. We reckon there might be as many as seven switches from the side in midweek.

Every time Emiliano Martinez plays, Arsenal seem to keep a clean sheet.

That was once again the case on Thursday. However, with a return to Premier League football next up, Bernd Leno will come in to take his place. One more big mistake from the Germany international though, like the one he made against Tottenham, could see the 27-year-old Argentinian play in the top flight too.

In defence, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin should start against the Cherries.

Both played the full 90 minutes on Thursday and look close to full fitness after recovering from injuries. David Luiz should return at centre-back, whilst Rob Holding, also back after a long lay-off, should keep his place from the European game.

After playing with three central midfielders in Europe, Emery could use three again.

Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka, the new club captain, should return. Dani Ceballos may also feature following his first goal for Arsenal in midweek.

As part of a 4-3-3 formation, Nicolas Pepe and teen prodigy Bukayo Saka might start on the wings.

Both were rested against the Belgian side and will be looking to impress their manager against Eddie Howe’s team. Pepe, in particular, will be hoping to put recent criticism behind him.

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Bellerin

Bellerin

Holding

Holding

Ozil

Ozil

Aubameyang

Aubameyang

Unsurprisingly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return to the side upfront.

It was bizarre that he was brought on late against Standard Liege with the game already won but, either way, he didn’t pick up an injury.

With eight goals in nine matches so far this term, it is clear how much the Gunners rely on him.

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