News Matches
Premier League

Thomas Partey in, Jorginho out? Arsenal team news and predicted XI vs Bournemouth

6:48 AM EST 3/3/23
Jorginho Arsenal 2022-23
Mikel Arteta has a few fitness doubts ahead of the Gunners' clash against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday

Arsenal take on Bournemouth on Saturday looking to maintain their advantage at the top of the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta’s side go into the game on the back of three successive wins, the latest coming on Wednesday night when they cruised to a 4-0 success against Everton at Emirates Stadium.

So how are things shaping up at Arsenal ahead of Saturday’s crucial clash? Below, GOAL takes a look.

  • Eddie Nketiah Arsenal Manchester City 2022-23 Premier League

    Arsenal team news

    The Gunners will make late checks on Eddie Nketiah, who limped off the pitch following his second-half substitute appearance against Everton in midweek.

    Jorginho is also a slight doubt having been suffering with illness, but should be fine to make the squad, although Thomas Partey is expected to return to the starting XI.

    Gabriel Jesus continues to step up his recovery ahead of his long-awaited return to action.

    He has been working outside and should soon be able to start full contract training with the rest of the squad, providing he does not suffer a setback.

    Saturday’s game will come too early for the Brazilian, however. 

    Mohamed Elneny is out for the remainder of the season having undergone knee surgery in January.

  • Saka

    Key man: Bukayo Saka

    It has to be Saka. Arsenal’s star man stepped up when his team needed him yet again on Wednesday night, producing the moment of class that ended Everton’s stubborn resistance.

    Saka now has 10 league goals to his name this season and every one has either been an equaliser, or a goal to put Arsenal in front.

    Time and time again he is delivering at key moments and it would be no surprise to see him do the same once again on Saturday.

    Saka's goal and assist against Everton takes his direct goal involvement tally in the Premier League to 19 this season, only Erling Haaland and Harry Kane have more.

  • Kieran Tierney Arsenal 2022-23

    Talking point

    There is always a lot of debate ahead of games over the need for Mikel Arteta to rotate his squad.

    Saturday will be the third game in a week for Arsenal, and Arteta named an unchanged starting XI for both of the previous two against Leicester and Everton.

    Despite that hectic schedule, the likelihood is that he will once again resist the urge to make changes this weekend - especially with Thursday night’s Europa League game in Lisbon on the horizon.

    Arsenal's manager will certainly make changes for that game, with the likes of Kieran Tierney, Fabio Vieira and Jakub Kiwior all expected to come in, so it’s likely that he will keep things as they were for Bournemouth.

  • Arteta

    What has Arteta said?

    Despite scoring four goals against Everton, Arteta wants to see his side add even more creativity to their game, knowing that they will continue to come up against defensive low blocks between now and the end of the season.

    “That’s something we’re going to need,” he said. “To create a lot of opportunities against this block is really difficult because when we find openings, we have to be clinical and ruthless. 

    “I think the way Bukayo scored the first goal [against Everton] was top.”

  • Zinchenko Martinelli Arsenal Everton Premier League 2022-23

    Arsenal predicted XI

    Arsenal (4-3-3): Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard; Saka, Trossard, Martinelli.