Arsenal look to continue their unbeaten start to the season as they travel to midtable Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon, knowing that results are key after falling four points behind Manchester City just six games into the season.
Throwing away the lead twice in the north London derby, they eventually stumbled to a 2-2 draw, their second home draw of the season. Though unbeaten, they need to continue winning in a bid to keep putting the pressure on last season’s treble winners.
They face a Bournemouth side yet to win this season, with three draws and three defeats from their six outings so far. It is a run of form that leaves them hovering above the relegation zone, and the Gunners will be expected to come away with a convincing three-point haul.
Read on for the latest team news coming out of north London, and how we expect Mikel Arteta to line his side up for the trip to the south coast.
Mikel Arteta has admitted that he is unsure whether his squad will be boosted by any players returning from injury before the clash with Bournemouth on Saturday.
Speaking before the Carabao Cup third-round win over Brentford, the Spaniard explained that Saka has yet to return to training after picking up a knock in the north London derby draw.
Declan Rice was also forced off at halftime with a back injury, and with Manchester City looming on the horizon he may not be risked against the Cherries.
Fellow midfielder Thomas Partey remains sidelined too, which means that Jorginho is likely to start at the base of Arsenal’s midfield for the trip to the Vitality stadium.
Also likely to be absent are winger pair Gabriel Martinelli (Hamstring) and Leandro Trossard (thigh), though the pair are in contention to return against Manchester City.
Jurrien Timber is sidelined for much of the season with a knee injury, while Emile Smith Rowe is unlikely to be thrown in from the start after making his first start in 499 days against Brentford, though he could make an appearance from the substitutes bench.