Arsenal are away to Bournemouth in the final game of the FA Cup fourth round this evening.
We last met the Cherries on Boxing Day where we were held to a 1-1 draw at this ground in what was Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge. We dominated that game and should have come away with three points. Since then, Eddie Howe’s side’s form has only dipped, which should give us good confidence to get the job done on the south coast this evening.
Here are how the two teams line up:
Emi Martinez; Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis, Bukayo Saka; Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka; Nicolas Pepe, Joe Willock, Gabriel Martinelli; Eddie Nketiah
Substitutes: Bernd Leno, Rob Holding, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lucas Torreira, Dani Ceballos, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette
Cup goalkeeper Emi Martinez returns between the sticks for this evening’s game as Bernd Leno drops to the bench as expected. Hector Bellerin will captain the side from right-back, whilst forward Bukayo Saka will play a more defensive role again this evening due to injuries.
It’s Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka who will sit in front of the back four as Lucas Torreira, Dani Ceballos and Mesut Ozil are all only named among the substitutes. There’s a first start in over a year for Eddie Nketiah, who leads a young attack alongside Gabriel Martinelli and Joe Willock, with the more experienced Nicolas Pepe starting down the right wing.
Mark Travers; Adam Smith, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Jack Simpson; Harry Wilson, Andrew Surman, Dan Gosling, Lewis Cook, Ryan Fraser; Dominik Solanke
Substitutes: Aaron Ramsdale, Simon Francis, Brooklyn Genesini, Gavin Kilkenny, Alex Dobre, Callum Wilson
Eddie Howe has made a brave decision to bench Callum Wilson and start with Dominik Solanke as the sole striker this evening. The former Chelsea youth has just one Premier League goal to his name in over 40 appearances, though did score against Luton Town in the previous round.
Mark Travers continues in goal, whilst the regular centre-back partnership of Nathan Ake and Steve Cook remain. Aside from Wilson’s absence it’s virtually a full team named by the manager for a side completely out-of-form currently.