AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is enjoying having a few headaches regarding his team selection for the trip to Arsenal.
The Cherries travel to the Emirates on Sunday to face Arsenal live on Sky Sports.
Howe has a few selection dilemmas ahead of the game.
He will be without Jack Wilshere who is not allowed to play due to Premier League loan regulations.
With Andrew Surman recently unavailable through injury, that offers Howe a few problems ahead of the game with the potential to have Dan Gosling and Nathan Ake in central midfield, alongside the more obvious selection of Harry Arter.
With Ake having impressed against Stoke City at centre back, a move to midfield would enable Simon Francis to return alongside Steve Cook at the heart of the defence and Adam Smith return to the right back role following his suspension.
Jordon Ibe will also be available again after his illness kept him out of the Stoke game, will he return to the starting XI in favour of Joshua King?
With Artur Boruc injured for the game at Stoke, Adam Federici stepped in and kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 victory, if Boruc is fit, then another decision will have to be made by Howe.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“That`s the beauty of football. You want players to give you problems and headaches in terms of selection. I`ve always maintained that, so this will be a nice one to have.
“It`s a real confidence boost for everybody. It`s nice for the lads to come in. They`re very much part of my thinking and part of my plans but when you`re not actually in the team you can feel quite removed from it. So it will be a great feeling for them.
‘Every win feels pivotal in this league, because they`re so rare. It`s our fourth win and they`re tough to get. Each one is very special so we`ll enjoy it, while knowing we have some tough challenges ahead.’
Ake did very well considering he was almost a square peg in a round hole.
He could potentially play 6 different positions.
I really hope we keep him all season and he gets more games… – Join the conversation here.
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