Some Arsenal fans and football pundits were left a little confused in midweek after Arsene Wenger chose to hand a rare start to Olivier Giroud. Not because the French international forward is no good but because he finally got a start in a match that was probably the least suited to the big man´s talents as a player.
After starting him against PSG though, we all expected him to be in the line up for the game against Bournemouth in the Premier League today, as it looks to be the ideal sort of encounter for Giroud, against a deep lying and determined defence, but Wenger has surprised everyone again and left Olivier on the bench.
Instead he has gone back to Alexis Sanchez through the middle with Theo Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain on either side of him. Another noticeable and unexpected change is the inclusion of Matthieu Debuchy at right back, so let´s hope the forgotten French defender will rise to the occasion.
In midfield the boss has opted for Xhaka and Elneny and dropped Coquelin and Ramsey so it will be interesting to see if they can answer the manager´s call for someone to take over the mantle o9f Santi Cazorla and get Arsenal playing like we were before the Spaniard picked up an injury.
Debuchy, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal
Walcott, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Subs: Gibbs, Gabriel, Ramsey, Giroud, Ospina, Iwobi, Coquelin.