Boruc and Surman doubts for Bournemouth ahead of Arsenal trip

Bournemouth's Andrew Surman

Cherries boss Eddie Howe has provided an update on the fitness of his players ahead of their visit to North London.

Bournemouth manager Eddie HoweBournemouth manager Eddie Howe

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has told the club's official website that goalkeeper Artur Boruc and midfielder Andrew Surman will be subjected to late fitness tests prior to his side's clash with Arsenal on Sunday.

He also confirmed that winger Jordon Ibe will be fit to play at the Emirates as the Cherries look to spring a surprise in the capital.

"There's a couple of injuries from last week's game against Stoke City and we also have Adam Smith back as his suspension has gone now," Howe said.

"On Artur Boruc we're not sure and the same for Andrew Surman - so we'll make some late decisions. Jordon Ibe is OK now, he's better from his illness so he'll be available," he added.

Bournemouth's Andrew SurmanBournemouth's Andrew Surman

Howe will also have to cope without Jack Wilshere, who is ineligible to face his parent club as part of the terms of his loan deal.

Wilshere's absence makes the fitness of Surman even more pivotal, as losing two of their regular midfielders for one of the toughest trips of the season would make life very difficult for the Cherries.

Bournemouth's Jack Wilshere looks dejectedJack Wilshere is ineligible for the clash with his parent club

The return of Adam Smith from suspension and Jordon Ibe from illness are boosts for the visitors, but Smith's reintroduction may require a defensive reshuffle.

Nathan Ake impressed and scored the only goal last weekend, so Howe has a dilemma as to whether to drop the Chelsea loanee back to the bench or sacrifice one of his other defensive regulars.

Bournemouth's Nathan AkeBournemouth's Nathan Ake

Former Reading stopper Adam Federici will continue in goal if Boruc fails to prove his fitness. The Polish stopper made a well-publicised howler at the Emirates last season, but Cherries supporters will still be hoping their number one returns this weekend despite Federici's clean sheet at Stoke last time out.

If the Cherries pull off a surprise win they could end the weekend as high as eighth, which would represent an excellent opening to the season. They go into the weekend five points above the bottom three, and Howe's side will be aiming to make life as difficult as possible for Arsenal this weekend.

Who would you pick in the Cherries starting XI? Can they record a shock victory? Leave your predictions below.

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