Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla are the big misses for us this week as we prepare to welcome AFC Bournemouth to The Emirates for the Sunday lunchtime kick off (2:15pm).
It’s rumoured that Cazorla is out now until after Christmas, and it looks like Wenger will keep the faith with Ramsey in the middle, despite several dismal performances with a broken toe lately.
Carl Jenkinson should deputise for Bellerin who should be back training in the next week or two. Perhaps if he’s fit, Mathieu Debuchy may play against Southampton in the cup this week despite the rumours of his unhappiness at Arsenal, Monreal and Cech should be recalled to the starting XI after not playing in the PSG game.
There’s also whisper of a rare rest for Alexis Sanchez, which won’t please the Chilean although he’ll probably still be on the bench. This could mean another start for the in-form Olivier Giroud who scored our first goal from the penalty spot in the 2-2 draw against Paris St. Germain this week or Wenger could still chance it and play Sanchez once more before giving him a break this week.
Jack Wilshere is ineligible to play against his parent club while on loan, but Benik Afobe will be doing his best to get one over on Arsenal on his behalf, Jack said this week, as a Bournemouth player he wants them to win (I’m sure he didn’t mean it). Bournemouth have a few doubts over some key players including their keeper.
Anyway, should be a good game, but I think we may struggle again, either a draw or a narrow home win, I’m going for a very tough 2-1 Arsenal.