By Will Butcher
Arsenal fans have reacted on Twitter as loanee Jack Wilshere has been selected to start for Bournemouth against North London rivals Tottenham.
The England international has been announced in Eddie Howe’s starting XI to face Mauricio Pochettino’s high flying side, with many calling on their loan star to do the Gunners a favour in the Premier League table.
A Cherries win will see secon- placed Tottenham drop points, giving Arsenal a chance to move to the top of the table with Manchester City set to play Southampton on Sunday.
The Gunners play Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon, as they look to stretch their winning streak to eight consecutive matches.
Arsenal fans have reacted on Twitter to the team news, with many predicting that Wilshere will score his first Bournemouth goal against Arsenal’s arch enemies.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Arsenal Relevant (@ArsenalRelevant) October 22, 2016
— Danny (@DannyMancini19) October 22, 2016
— Lancelot (@newneo) October 22, 2016
Wilshere better smash the spuds in today and Arsenal beat Middlesbrough! #afc
— Aman Rehan ☬ (@aman_rehan) October 22, 2016
— Tan Hong Kai (@hongkai14) October 22, 2016
Jack Wilshere you have 1 job today son.
— Magneto (@nige_afc) October 22, 2016
Wilshere to send Alli back to the council flats of Milton Keynes today
— Fin (@IwobiWanKanobe) October 22, 2016
Really want Wilshere to score against Spurs, Take off his shirt to reveal an Arsenal shirt and slide in front of their fans with a cheeky 🖕
— Forever A Gooner!! (@RapaxTheGooner) October 22, 2016
Wilshere will make his fifth consecutive start for the first time in three years against Tottenham, after a string of injuries has kept him sidelined during his time at the Emirates.
The 24-year-old has made seven appearances under Eddie Howe, lining up alongside the likes of Harry Arter and Andrew Surman in the Cherries’ midfield.
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