Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has revealed that a number of first-team regulars may be unavailable for the clash against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Declan Rice, a summer signing who was substituted at halftime of last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, hasn’t been working out this week, according to Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard said that the England international had a back problem that had been identified after the game. Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard did not participate in the game against the Spurs and have not yet returned to training. Bukayo Saka missed the Carabao Cup victory over Brentford in the third round last week after being substituted late in the North London derby, and he might miss out once more this weekend.
The Arsenal manager spoke to reporters: “Declan hasn’t trained yet, we have a session in an hour, we’ll get more news about him. Gabi [Martinelli] hasn’t trained, Leo same situation, Saka, same. They are all in the same pool, Willy [Saliba] had a knock, and Fabio [Viera] wasn’t involved. We have to assess them today.”
Arsenal is hopeful that Rice’s injury will not be a long-term one, despite the fact that he was substituted against Spurs because of a decrease in his range of motion. Since that time, the £105 million ($129 million) summer acquisition from West Ham has had a number of tests to determine the seriousness of the issue. Due to the vital meeting against Manchester City in a week and a Champions League trip to Lens on Tuesday, Arteta will have to make some difficult decisions over the course of the next 24 hours about who, if anyone, to risk.
Arteta will likely be very shorthanded when Arsenal take on Bournemouth on Saturday, September 30 at the Vitality Stadium.