Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice spotted to give Arsenal huge injury boost for Bournemouth clash


Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka have both been recorded arriving for Arsenal's clash with Bournemouth to alleviate any remaining worries. The influential duo were huge doubts for Saturday's game with William Saliba, Leandro Trossard and Fabio Vieira also as stars with fitness problems.

In the hours leading up the 3pm kick off, Trossard, Vieira and Saliba were all spotted arriving at the ground, however Rice and Saka were nowhere to be seen entering Vitality Stadium. However, a video posted to X (formerly Twitter) by @Dukesy91 has since emerged showing both Saka and Rice hopping off the team bus likely confirming they will be in the matchday squad to face the Cherries.

That now means all but one major doubt for Saturday's game is in the squad with Gabriel Martinelli likely out because of his hamstring issue picked up against Everton. Despite those five key stars available for selection, it remains to be seen whether or not Arteta will name all of them in the starting XI.

Rice, Saka and Trossard look to have had just one training session in the lead up to the game, while Saliba and Vieira missed the Brentford game in the Carabao Cup through their respective knocks. Thankfully, Arteta has a good amount of options at his disposal if any of the group feel unable to start.

Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kai Havertz, Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe will all be chomping at the bit for more opportunities in the Premier League. Jorginho meanwhile, is likely to be used more frequently in the coming weeks with Thomas Partey still out and doubts surrounding Rice.

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Following the Bournemouth game, in the next seven days, the Gunners have their first away Champions League game before they welcome Manchester City to Emirates Stadium. Rotation will certainly be in the mind of Arteta but with the reigning champions already four points better off than their rivals, the north Londoners cannot afford to drop more points in the league.

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