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Bournemouth vs Arsenal LIVE updates: Latest Premier League score, news and goals from the Vitality Stadium


12:35: Arsene Wenger has made one change from the side who drew with Chelsea on Wednesday as Petr Cech replaces David Ospina between the sticks.

As previously mentioned (a million times) Alexis Sanchez isn’t in today’s squad. Presumably he’s consulting his dogs on whether they approve of the ‘walkies’ up in the north west.


12:30: Here’s the starting XI’s folks. Alexis Sanchez has NOT travelled with the squad and he’s NOT injured. Those bold capital letters show just how bloody serious I am about his absence!

Bournemouth XI: Begovic, Francis, Steve Cook, Ake, Adam Smith, Lewis Cook, Gosling, Daniels, Ibe, Fraser, Callum Wilson.

Subs: Boruc, Surman, Pugh, Arter, Afobe, Mousset, Simpson.

Arsenal XI: Cech, Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Bellerin, Xhaka, Wilshere, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette.

Subs: Mertesacker, Ramsey, Ospina, Walcott, Kolasinac, Elneny, Nketiah.


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12:25: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League.

You’ll all be thrilled to hear that I’ve returned safe and sound from my skiing holiday in Bulgaria.

What do you mean you didn’t know I’d been away?!

Anyway, I’m back at Express HQ to bring you all the latest from the Vitality Stadium as Bournemouth entertain an Alexis Sanchez-less Arsenal.

Right, let’s have some official team news…


Bournemouth will hand late fitness tests to Josh King and Junior Stanislas with both forwards struggling with hamstring complaints.

Jermain Defoe and Tyrone Mings remain sidelined with long-term injury issues.

Jack Wilshere could feature for Arsenal despite limping off at Chelsea on Wednesday with an ankle issue.

Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) is back in the squad but Mesut Ozil (knee) was rated as only “50-50”. Nacho Monreal (ankle), Laurent Koscielny (Achilles) and Olivier Giroud (hamstring) are still sidelined.

Last season: Bournemouth 3 Arsenal 3, Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 1

Last five league matches: Bournemouth L L D W D; Arsenal W D W D D

Top scorers (all competitions): Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) 6; Alexandre Lacazette & Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 8

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)