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Top Three In View – Be Positive Gunners

A 2pm non-televised kick-off on a Sunday. It’s a result of only qualifying for the Europa League and why we need to win to leapfrog Leicester City and secure third place to defend as the season progresses.

Forget our struggles against Watford, Villa, and United. Bournemouth’s record at The Arsenal is indicative of why we should approach tomorrow with confidence and a positive attitude. We have won all five of our home matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.

The team selection for this is complicated by the young Gunners ripping Forest and Standard Liege for nine goals in then days. They have played with a swagger that has largely escaped their senior colleagues thus far.

However Thursday to Sunday early afternoon would be a big ask, particularly of players we might otherwise want to see but coming back from injury like Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney. Selecting the latter might also be a bit of a slap in the face to Scotland who agreed not to select Kieran in order that he could have a phased return to his club side.

Don’t be surprised to see Bernd Leno again start behind Calum Chambers, Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Shkodran Mustafi anyone?), David Luiz, and Sead Kolasinac. Hopefully the personnel will interchange a little for the post-international break trip to Sheffield United.

Lucas Torreira featured in both midweek matches last week so we could see Granit Xhaka (one booking away from a suspension) paired with Matteo Guendouzi ahead of the defence. Bukayo Saka must return on the left flank next to Dani Ceballos or Joe Willock in the centre. The teenager Gabriel Martinelli is on fire and could possibly be preferred to Nicolas Pepe on the right?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, strangely introduced late on Thursday, mercifully remains fit to be our talisman up front. He is looking to become the first Arsenal player to score eight goals in the opening eight Premier League games of a season since Dennis Bergkamp in 1997.

The visitors have made a solid start with eleven points from seven starts. Callum Wilson is looking to score in five consecutive league games and has form against us, with three goals in four Premier League appearances against The Gunners.

The ‘holic pound

I’ll allow Wilson his moment of glory, but am on us to win 3-1 at 10/1. I have to confess to a small back-up on 4-1 at 16/1. Here’s hoping that will pay for tomorrows fillet of beef joint.

Have a great one, ‘holics, especially those fortunate enough to be going.

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