Arsenal XI vs Bournemouth: Partey in - Starting lineup, confirmed team news, injury latest for Premier League
Arsenal have Thomas Partey back in the starting XI for this afternoon’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth.
The midfielder replaces Jorginho in the side, while Takehiro Tomiyasu comes in for Ben White and Fabio Vieira makes just his second League start. Granit Xhaka drops to the bench.
The Gunners are without Eddie Nketiah, who came on as a substitute during the 4-0 win over Everton on Wednesday and was seen limping at the end of the game.
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Mikel Arteta confirmed on Friday that Nketiah was a doubt to face the Cherries, as the Gunners look to maintain their five-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table.
“We are assessing him,” said the Arsenal boss on Friday. “It’s a bit uncertain what will happen with him to be honest in the training sessions.
“Let’s see, let’s keep the options open. He’s very positive about it and hopefully he’ll be fine.”
Asked if Nketiah could be out for the long-term, Arteta said: “Hopefully not.”
Leandro Trossard once again leads the line for Arsenal. The Belgian has impressed in that role in recent weeks since joining from Brighton in the January transfer window for £26million.
Gabriel Jesus is stepping up his return from post-World Cup knee surgery, though Mohamed Elneny is expected to miss the rest of the season with his own serious knee injury.
Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Odegaard, Vieira; Saka, Trossard, Martinelli.
Subs: Tierney, White, Smith Rowe, Kiwior, Holding, Jorginho, Nelson, Turner, Xhaka.
Today 3pm GMT
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Referee: Chris Kavanagh