Latest Arsenal injury news with eight Bournemouth doubts amid Saka, Saliba, Trossard and Rice wait


Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of several key players ahead of their trip to Bournemouth on Saturday. Mikel Arteta, who was already working without Thomas Partey, Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Martinelli during the North London Derby draw with Tottenham last week, has been dealt another couple of blows.

Not only did Declan Rice have to go off at half-time with a back problem, Bukayo Saka also picked up a knock and was limping come the end of the game. As two of the key parts to the team, Arteta is hopeful of having them involved for the trip to south coast but gave very little away when speaking to reporters on Friday.

"He wasn’t available. He had to leave the London Debry and he hasn’t trained yet," Arteta said. "We have another session in an hour or two so we’ll have more news about him today," the Spanish coach said when asked about his key midfielder. As for Martinelli, who was ruled out of the PSV Eindhoven game following a hamstring injury during the 1-0 win over Everton, there was little more to add.

"Again, he hasn’t trained. We want him back, we need him back, but at the moment he’s not been available." Arteta said, hinting at the Brazilian being unavailable once more. "It's the same situation," he added regarding Trossard and Saka, both of whom were absent for the win over Brentford in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

Saka in particular is a key man for the Gunners but Arteta won't be making decisions based on what games are coming up. "No the assessment is OK," he explained. "Are they fit enough, has he done enough to be able to be selected tomorrow and that’s the question mark. So far he hasn’t done enough to be with the team in training."

There was also an unexpected blow to for William Saliba. The Frenchman has a 'knock' his manager revealed. It kept him out of the clash against the Bees but it's not yet known just how bad it is. When asked about him and Fabio Vieira, who started against Tottenham in place of Kai Havertz but missed the Carabao Cup tie, he added: "They are all in the same pool.

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"Willy [Saliba] as well had a knock. Fabio [Vieira] wasn’t involved in the last game. We have a few. We have to see and adapt to the situation because that’s a big number."

At this stage there are still plenty of doubts for Arteta and a lot will be riding on just what can be done and how much progress is made during training on Friday. It seems likely to leave a nervy wait over the availability for Trossard, Rice, Saka, Martinelli, Saliba and Vieira, a set of doubts that will cause panic in the fanbase. There are six players being assessed for the game with Jurrien Timber and Partey already out.

Arsenal turned to Jorginho, Reiss Nelson, Charles Sagoe Jr, Emile Smith Rowe and even Takehiro Tomiyasu to make up for the absences in midweek but will be hoping for some more experience for the return of league action.

The bench was also filled by academy youngsters including Amario Cozier-Duberyy, James Lannin-Sweet and Rueell Walters. Mohamed Elneny also returned to first team football having made the bench in the best fortnight after a lengthy period out with his own long-term injury.

Partey remains sidelined too having not played since before the last international break. He is not expected to be back now until after the next break either, meaning it will be late October before he plays again. Martinelli, a regular in the Brazil national side, has also not been called up for the fixtures in just under two weeks, demonstrating just where he stands in terms of sharpness.

It is certainly a testing time for Arsenal and with a big week ahead including a trip to Lens and the blockbuster clash against Manchester City next week, Arteta will be keen to have his stars return. They need them, as he says.

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