Bournemouth vs Arsenal LIVE updates: Latest Premier League score, news and goals

Bournemouth vs Arsenal LIVE updates: Alexis Sanchez DROPPED amid Man Utd transfer claims

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Bournemouth vs Arsenal LIVE updates: Latest Premier League score, news and goals

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

NEVER WIN WITH KIDS…

12:55: Arsene Wenger has named his youngest Arsenal starting line-up in the Premier League since November 2012 against Aston Villa. Oh, they drew that 0-0…

TWITTER ROUND-UP

Paul: Alexis Sanchez is the ideal replacement for Philippe Coutinho – wages might be tipping point though. He will probably end up at a desperate Manchester United as he is money-oriented!

Rob: Alexis Sanchez may see Pep Guardiola as a manager who can take him to the next level. Pep has proved this season that he can make great players even better.

Doug: I would love Sanchez to come to Man United but I don’t see it happening. I just think we’re being used by his agent to get more money out of City.

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Bournemouth vs Arsenal LIVE updates: Latest Premier League score, news and goals

WHERE’S ALEXIS?

12:45: Nope, we’re not playing the lesser-known Chilean version of Where’s Wally

OK, no more terrible jokes. This is serious stuff.

Arsene Wenger has just been quizzed on the whereabouts of Alexis Sanchez, and why he’s been omitted from the squad.

The Frenchman said:“He’s been vague at the moment, his situation is not decided one way or the other so I left him at home.”

Asked if a resolution was fairly imminent, Wenger responded:“Yes, but don’t read too much into it because even I don’t know what way it will go. You want to focus on the players who are on the pitch who can do well for the club.”

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Bournemouth vs Arsenal LIVE updates: Latest Premier League score, news and goals

TEAM NEWS – BOURNEMOUTH

12:40: Eddie Howe has made three changes from the side who drew with Brighton.

Nathan Ake, Dan Gosling and Ryan Fraser replace Marc Pugh and Benik Afobe, who drop to the bench. No Junior Stanislas or Josh King despite a return to training.

It looks like Bournemouth will be playing with three at the back to match Arsenal’s formation.

TEAM NEWS – ARSENAL

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.

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Bournemouth vs Arsenal LIVE updates: Latest Premier League score, news and goals

BOURNEMOUTH vs ARSENAL

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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Bournemouth vs Arsenal LIVE updates: Latest Premier League score, news and goals

HAVE YOUR SAY

12:28: If you want to vent your frustrations, or discuss any issues in the world of football (within reason), then get in touch!

You can either comment at the bottom of the page or contact me via Twitter using the hashtag #ExpressSport.

AFTERNOON

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 vs ARSENAL – PREVIEW

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)

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