Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both available (phew!) for the game at Bournemouth despite missing their country’s games during the past interval.

Bad news though that Nacho Monreal has suffered a setback in his bid to recover from his ankle injury and will be out for a further three weeks it was revealed today. Unai Emery will probably stick with Sead Kolasinac at left-back, Kolasinac himself only just back from injury, Granit Xhaka could deputise if needed, but he’s more likely to partner Torreira in the midfield.

Emery also said this morning that Laurent Koscielny is in line for a return to action on Monday with the U23s as the Frenchman tries to get back his fitness after the injury he picked up at the end of last season.

Emery said on

”Koscielny is close to starting to play minutes little by little. These two weeks [during the international break] in training with us, he is looking well with a good performance, good feeling, and is close to play with us as well, but maybe Monday he will play with the U23s…”

We’ll be looking to continue our unbeaten run, but we won’t get it our own way, Bournemouth hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for us in recent years, and The Cherries have started well this campaign.