Bournemouth vs Arsenal, Premier League

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Unai Emery shocked Arsenal fans with his decision to drop Mesut Ozil to the bench for the side's clash with Bournemouth - but Alan Smith was not surprised by the Spaniard's decision.

"For Arsenal, it was very important to find a good manager, especially after Wenger", Pires continued.

"I told the players "we are starting at ground zero". I forget also, Stephan Lichtsteiner is beginning to train with us but he is maybe not okay for Sunday".

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More has perhaps been expected of a player who cost the Gunners a fee in the region of €50million five years ago, and Emery has promised to make the most of the World Cup winner's natural ability. And weirdly, Arsenal have gone to a back three.

Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka started in midfield behind an attack of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alex Iwobi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and former Arsenal striker Smith believes Ozil could continue to struggle under Emery.

So there is a little bit of confidence about today's rivals, and they also know they beat us last season so may bot be too apprehensive about our unbeaten run.

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Bournemouth and Arsenal have been operating at very different ends of the football pyramid over the years but Sunday lunchtime's Premier League fixture sees the team ranked sixth in the table host the side now occupying fifth place.

Arsenal have not qualified for the Champions League for the last two years and look to be facing more competition than ever to break back into Europe's elite club competition. "We came to an Arsenal that hadn't beaten any of the Top 6, and while we still haven't done so yet, they also struggled to win away from home at all, and we have already improved in that area". But Sunday is another test, and a big test against a team that are behind us.

The 29-year-old has scored nine goals in all competitions this season with his seven strikes leading the scoring charts for Arsenal in the league.

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TV channel: Coverage starts on Sky Sports Premier League at 12.30pm. Kolasinac has come in for most of the criticism, while Petr Cech has been replaced by Bernd Leo in goal.