Unai Emery facing a selection headache for Bournemouth Premier League clash
The Arsenal performance against Standard Liege on Thursday evening has created a bit of a headache for manager Unai Emery. The Spaniard has some big decisions to make ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Sunday.
There are strong claims for Kieran Tierney to start and even Hector Bellerin, however, the central defence is unlikely to be changed.
You would have thought that Rob Holding must be very close to a Premier League start but I just get the feeling that Emery will stay loyal to the Sokratis Luiz partnership.
The same applies to the midfield with Granit Xhaka, Emery is very unlikely to drop the Swiss international. His loyalty to his captain remains undiminished.
Emery also seems to favour Guendouzi as a starter and so it would be a toss-up between Torreira, Ceballos and Willock for the last midfield spot. Torreira looks the most likely starter in my opinion and so we have a central three of Xhaka, Torreira and Guendouzi.
Aubameyang and Pepe are certain starters and so that leaves Nelson, Saka and Martinelli for that final forward spot. I expect Emery to plump for Saka simply because he seems to really like the young forward.
The unfortunate Calum Chambers misses out and a few players will feel disappointed that they have either been dropped or failed to get a start. That alone shows the strength of the Arsenal squad these days.