Thursday, February 29, 2024

Gunners unchanged, Vieira makes the bench: Bournemouth v Arsenal team news

Arsenal travel to the south coast this afternoon, looking to build on a good start to the season at the Vitality Stadium where we face Bournemouth.

Here are the official line-ups.

Bournemouth: To follow


Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Saka, Jesus

Subs: Turner, Holding, Tierney, Tomiyasu, Elneny, Lokonga, Smith Rowe, Vieira, Nketiah

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The bench is starting to shape up real nice too!


Agreed! Do we need more players? We are looking strong throughout.

Johnny 4 Hats

Makes you wonder, hey? But injuries happen and it would only take a few for us to be short.

But of course if we do invest in depth, we won’t get so much as a knock all season. And if we don’t, we’ll lose Martinelli and Saka for the season.

Anyhow, COYFG!!!!!

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Until you have a team capable of winning the league, you can always upgrade somewhere.


It’s a strange feeling to have an Arsenal bench with players that I actually want to see come in during the game.
I could definitely get used to it.


No Pepe, no surprise. Great 11, good bench. COYG!!

Johnny 4 Hats

I don’t think he makes the bench even if he didn’t have a move on…


The bench is cooking

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

Looking good!
Hopefully some time soon, the black kit will make an appearance



Man Manny

Has Tierney lost his place, or is he being eased in?
Either way, we have really come a long way in terms of player quality.
It also seems White can only play regularly if he benches Tomiyasu, or Saliba is not available.
Meanwhile, let’s get the 3 points today. COYG!!!


Deeper squad means an opportunity to ease him back and use him properly.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Zinchenko is our first choice left-back.


I think it’s a case that he doesn’t automatically get his spot back since Zinchenko is playing well. That’s the way it should be, better than last season of Tavares-if-we-have-to

Bleeding gums murphy

For me tomy replaces white. Reason Arteta could be continuing with white at right back is with Zinchenco pushing forward white may be forming back three at times. COYG

Eazy Deezy

So Pepe is off to Nice then …



Goodness! What wouldn’t I give to have a bench as solid as this for most to the season? One day at a time. Isn’t it? Let’s get all 3 points today. COYG!!!


*most of the season


Arteta is very stubborn tho. And it’s just so disgusting. It’s definitely not fitness issues that’s keeping tommy on the bench. U don’t change a winning team ehh? Even wen a better player is fit to complement the team?
He’s waiting for white to commit a blunder first before starting tommy.
I’m not comfortable with white at RB, our first choice RB is fit, he should fvcking play.




How about gently easing Tomi in? I recall we didn’t have that option last season, eh?

Nainsley Aitland Miles

White was excellent in the first two games. Tomi has barely played this calendar year. White is now our first choice right-back.

But four competitions, Europa starting in a few weeks, there will be games for everyone.


Someone’s on the pre-game sherbets.


Mate, for your own health, I suggest you dial down your sense of disgust. I’m a big fan of Tomi, and I think that he’s a better RB than White, but I don’t think Benjamin’s that far off, and has certain qualities that are stronger than Taka. White has been somewhere between good and very good as a part of two decent victories, while Tomi’s so far had 45 mins in the U21s plus a late sub appearance. I would also have preferred Tomi to start today, but it’s anything but an obvious decision to do so, and certainly not… Read more »


Maybe take the ski mask off and chill out?

Man Manny

I wasn’t comfortable, FYI, when Tomiyasu came in against Leicester. Not because he is not good, but he hasn’t played enough football this year. If White is fit, he plays until the cups come up in a few weeks.


We can’t afford to be complacent guys! This league is really tough! Small margins will separate winners from losers at the end of the season.

Come on guys!!!!

Well done to the Under 21’s who spanked Chelsea 4-1 today.

Welcome back Omari Hutchinson.

Boy Bastin

Looks good. Let’s hope we get the win as this is the kind of fixture that we should be looking at to collect maximum points with the players now available. The icing on the cake for me would be a really good, dominant, performance across the 90 minutes which we haven’t really had in the two previous games.


How good is that Saliba song 😍

Brady’s bunch

Even the Mrs is singing it here 😂


Did Odegaard stole Jesus’ goal?
Either way, I am glad we scored.

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