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Arsenal Vs Bournemouth Preview

The international break occurring so early in the season is usually infuriating for all football fans - but not this time for us Gooners.The break from our team was more than welcome after two demoralising defeats to both Stoke City and Liverpool, not to mention a transfer window that tailed off from such a promising start, to utter despair in the end.The international football as finished though, and much like having to visit the in-laws for an occasion, The Arsenal wait for us on Saturday, with the threat of another weekend on the horizon.Bournemouth are the visitors to The Emirates, and the Cherries are pointless thus far. At least their fans have had something to latch onto though. Their last game especially - a late 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City - saw Bournemouth give as good as they got and they were desperately unlucky not to grab at least a point.Both Arsenal and Eddie Howe’s team have plenty of goals in their team, with defence not exactly at the forefront of each set of team instructions it would seem. There may well be changes in the sides thanks to their players respective international efforts.Laurent Koscielny seemed to suffer an awful injury in France’s drubbing of the Netherlands last weekend, but he has been given the all clear to play this game. With Shkodran Mustafi on shaky ground and with precious few minutes under his belt, Koscielny may not be afforded the rest his troublesome ankles need. Much talk centred on Alexis in Wenger’s presser. From his antics on social media to his failed transfer to Man City, Wenger dealt with questions as well as he could, trying to focus on this impending match rather than the activities of a transfer window that is now firmly closed. Still, Wenger did mention that Alexis is not truly fit for this game - but he wasn’t totally fit for the Liverpool debacle and still made the lineup. A fitness test today will determine his readiness.Mesut Ozil returned to his very best for his country, but instead of reminding everyone what he is capable of, people chose to question why he cannot replicate this form in an Arsenal shirt. Perhaps it is because Die Mannschaft have a midfield that works properly? Regardless, it will fill Ozil with a bit of confidence, and hopefully we can see him lay on some goals for Lacazette and co.With Oxlade-Chamberlain now in Liverpool colours, it means we may see Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin in their true positions. Jack Wilshere is approaching full fitness and could make the bench for this game, and with the misfiring efforts of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey, the England man could be in the team sooner rather than later.Changes must be made after our last game, that much is sure. We cannot continue to tread this road that offers little in terms of success. Bournemouth in the past though, have shown they could well put a spanner in the works of our recovery.Despite still waiting for their first win over the Gunners in the Premier League, they have come mighty close in seasons past. The ridiculous 3-3 draw last season showed they have the firepower to hurt us, and they have since strengthened their side. Jermain Defoe has been added to Callum Wilson, Benik Afobe and Josh King in attack, and Eddie Howe will have his men chomping at the bit to put their first points on the board for the season. They will be aware that Arsenal are wounded right now - and what damage an early goal could do in terms of atmosphere. There is now no room for error in our season. Win here and we can hopefully go on a run that catapults us toward the top, but it may take some time to help us forget the last few weeks.Predicted Lineup - Cech, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac, Walcott, Ozil, Lacazette.Predicted Scoreline - a tight 2-0 win for The Gunners. Onwards and upwards.