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The Gunners face the Cherries without a win in four games across all competitions, with the absence of key men doing Arsene Wenger few favours

Alexis Sanchez has been left out of Arsenal’s matchday squad for a meeting with Bournemouth amid mounting transfer talk, while Mesut Ozil is also missing.

The German playmaker is absent through injury, but Jack Wilshere has shaken off a knock picked up in a Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea to make Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.

Alex Iwobi is also included again despite struggling at Stamford Bridge in midweek.

Arsenal team: Cech, Chambers, Holding, Mustafi, Bellerín, Maitland-Niles, Wilshere, Xhaka, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette.

Subs: Ospina, Kolasinac, Mertesacker, Elneny, Ramsey, Walcott, Nketiah.

Bournemouth team: Begovic, Francis, Steve Cook, Ake, Adam Smith, Lewis Cook, Gosling, Daniels, Ibe, Fraser, Callum Wilson.

Subs: Boruc, Simpson, Surman, Arter, Pugh, Mousset, Afobe.

While without the services of two creative influences, Wenger is able to welcome back a couple of other senior stars.

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Sead Kolasinac is back on the bench, alongside Wales international midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

They may be required to play a part at some stage, as the Gunners seek to snap a four-match winless run.

Momentum needs to be found from somewhere, with Arsenal currently sat sixth in the Premier League table – five points adrift of the Premier League places.



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