Wenger tells Arsenal fans to expect changes against Bournemouth

Arsenal are not the club that has had the worst fixture schedule in terms of the lack of time that the players have to rest and recover between Premier League games over this new year period, but we are not far off and with our usual lengthy injury list to cope with it makes life hard for the manager.

Arsene Wenger is well aware that we cannot afford to drop any points away to AFC Bournemouth today, just as we could not afford to drop any at home to Crystal Palace on new years day but the fact that today´s game kicks off just 50 hours after the last one finished does give the boss a selection problem.

While the Gunners could be without seven first team players, assumi8ng that Mesut Ozil is not recovered from his illness and Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs are not quite fit again after their injury problems, Eddie Howe has just two on the injury list and Jack Wilshere unavailable due to the loan rules.

They have also had more than an extra day since their last match, so it is no surprise to see in the preview on the Arsenal website that Wenger is going to rotate in order to freshen things up and give Arsenal the best chance of taking all three points back to London.

The Frenchman said, “Yes [there is extra pressure on the team at Bournemouth], but in 20 years it is the most uneven Christmas period I have seen on the fixture front. The difference of rest periods compared to the other teams is unbelievable.

“Every game is so difficult in this Premier League that we go now into a game in 48 hours with a big handicap on the fixtures. I have to try to find some fresh legs, so let’s just focus on Bournemouth and try to get a good result there.”

We could really do with a few players coming back today but if not, will the strength of the Arsenal squad be enough to pop the Cherries?



  1. Arsenal_Girl says:

    I hope there aren’t a lot of changes
    The only fresh legs I’m okay with seeing is Ox, Xhaka and Gibbs but I’d like to see mostly the same team playing

    We need to win. No draw. Win

  2. PRINCE AFZ says:

    I have a feeling that we should rest Sanchez tonight considering the numbers of games he has played lately. I just don’t want us to expose him to hamstring and lengthy injury. We have enough to win this game without him.

    1. Ace says:

      Bournemouth are a dangerous team at their place. We need our strongest team out there regardless of how many games they have played lately.

      I just don’t wana be taking any chances today with Liverpool having dropped 2 points- WE MUST CAPITALISE! Kill the game early and use the subs early should be the tactic tonight!

  3. Wilshegz says:

    obviously, but too many changes isn’t good… I’ll bring in Mustafi, Gibbs (if fit), Ozil (if fit) n reinstate Alexis upfront

  4. Wilshegz says:

    I hope we dnt let Chelsea get Ricardo Rodriguez, we need him so much with Monreal the weakling in our defence n gonna be 31,Gibbs still injury-prone.
    we need a reliable LeftBack. He is also a deadball specialist, good friend with Xhaka n relatively cheap and young.

  5. HA559 says:

    If Bournemouth play the pressing game, It will be difficult for us. You saw in the last two games everyone looking like they played well. That’s becase WBA and Palace didn’t press us on the ball.

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