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Arsenal vs. Bournemouth match thread: next man up

The Gunners have several injuries. Players will need to step up.

AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal FC - Premier League Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Arsenal travel to the south coast to take on Bournemouth, who are searching for their first Premier League win of the season. The Cherries have three draws and three losses on the season and sit just outside the relegation zone in 17th place. Hopefully the Gunners’ banged-up squad won’t be the tonic that cures their woes.

In one sense, nobody really cares that the Gunners have a bunch of injuries and players at less than 100%. The Premier League table certainly doesn’t care nor do their competition for a place towards the top of the standings. Arsenal need to find a way to win without their first choice lineup. They struggled to do that down the stretch last season. They cannot let it happen again, especially so early in the season.

Mikel Arteta could nearly field a starting XI from the players in the training room. Thomas Partey and Jurrien Timber are definitely out. Bukayo Saka (foot), Declan Rice (back), Leandro Trossard (hamstring), and Gabriel Martinelli (hamstring) have all not trained this week. William Saliba and Fabio Vieira were both held out of the midweek match against Brentord in the Carabao Cup with undisclosed knocks.

Bournemouth are fully healthy and available for selection today. Summer signing Tyler Adams (from the USMNT) made his debut for the club in a substitute appearance midweek and could be in line to start today.

Arsenal - Raya, Zinchenko, Gabriel, Saliba, White, Rice, Ødegaard, Havertz, Saka, Jesus, Nketiah

Bournemouth - Neto, Aarons, Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kerkez, Cook, Philip, Christie, Tavernier, Solanke, Kluivert

WHAT: Arsenal vs. Bournemouth
WHERE: Vitality Stadium
WHEN: Saturday, September 30th 7 am PT | 10 am ET | 3 pm BT
US TV: Streaming on Peacock.

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