Now that the dust is beginning to settle on Arsenal’s disastrous 4-0 loss to Liverpool and a disappointing transfer window for the club, it’s time to beginning looking ahead to the rest of the season, however daunting a task that may seem to be.

As players return from the international break, they will to prepare themselves to play Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth at the Emirates on Saturday September 9th.

The 3PM kick-off game is the Gunners first since the aforementioned drubbing at Anfield and is surely one where the side and its manager must come out with all guns blazing to begin making amends for the late-August defeat.

Arsene Wenger will also have the mid-week clash with German outfit Cologne FC on his mind, in Arsenal’s first Europa League encounter. The manager is expected to blood some youth in the European competition, so one feels that it shouldn’t overly impact the squad selection for Saturdays encounter.

With the contract issues of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil with no immediate clear resolution in sight, at least the club knows the players will be there for the short-term future.

While Sanchez’s summer behaviour left a lot to be desired as an Arsenal supporter, if the Chilean is to find his form of previous seasons, he could represent an “addition” perhaps better than a top quality new signing, till January at least.

“I have no doubt about Alexis’ mind and mentality that people question," Wenger said during the week.

"He needs to come back to full fitness what he was not at Liverpool, it was his first game. He suffered and had a negative experience with Chile and he’s strong mentally and hopefully he’ll be back quickly to his best.”

Whether Sanchez will start on Saturday remains to be seen following his excursion in South America with the national team. The same can be said for Aaron Ramsey, who played with the Welsh national side in Tbilisi, Georgia in mid-week and got his name on the scoresheet.

Wenger is expected to stay with the three at the back fans have become accustomed to seeing, with Shkordran Mustafi’s start in doubt following the breakdown of a move to inter Milan on deadline day when he could not agree personal terms. With this being the case, it will more than likely be Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and Rob Holding who occupy the back three against Bournemouth.

Defensive midfielder’s Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny will occupy the midfield, with the option of Francis Coquelin also available. They will be flanked by Sead Kolasinac, who’s had a good start to life in the Premier League – winning Arsenal’s player of the month despite not playing against Liverpool - and Hector Bellerin, who’s season could have begun better, with a particularly poor display against Liverpool.

If Alexis is fit, he will start, coupled with Mesut Ozil behind striker Alexandre Lacazette. While there first time playing together didn’t go to plan, if Arsenal are to do well this season, one imagine that this trio will have to prosper together.

Theo Walcott or Danny Welbeck could be put in instead of Sanchez if needed, or a reversion to a 4-4-2 with Olivier Giroud partnering his countryman Lacazette up top as strikers.

One player who certainly won’t be playing is midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the England international departing Arsenal for a fee of a reported £40 million to join Liverpool.

Bournemouth themselves haven’t had the start of the season they would have liked either. The Cherries have had a rough start to this seasons Premier League following losses to West Brom, Watford and Manchester City, and currently sit in 18th position, only ahead of the languid Crystal palace and West ham on goal difference.

With this being the case, Howe’s men will no doubt be looking to cause an upset when they travel to North London.

Bournemouth will be short a few of their best players, with Calum Wilson still recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture and Simon Francis, Junior Stanislas and club record signing Nathan Ake all injury doubts for Saturday.

While Arsenal have not been beaten by Bournemouth at the Emirates in the three times they have faced each other, the most recent encounter at the Vitality Stadium in January 2017 was a memorable 3-3 draw, with Giroud managing to claw back an equaliser late on and celebrating with an ill-timed scorpion kick gesture (a week after his infamous goal) while his teammates scampered back to try and find a winner.

With all things considered, this is a game that Arsenal MUST win. Playing at home, with fewer injury doubts and suspensions than the club have become accustomed too against a Cherries side who haven’t yet won this season and missing some of its top talent - only a win will be acceptable from Wenger’s men, especially to try and out the misery of the Liverpool and Stoke City games behind the club.

The match kicks off at 3pm on Saturday the 9th September.