Arsenal team news vs Bournemouth as one star looks set to return with another dropped

Key Arsenal star has opened up on initial struggles when first joining the EmiratesKey Arsenal star has opened up on initial struggles when first joining the Emirates
Key Arsenal star has opened up on initial struggles when first joining the Emirates | Arsenal FC via Getty Images
The Gunners face Bournemouth in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.

Arsenal face Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on Saturday as they look to go four points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Mikel Arteta’s side come into the game off the back of an impressive north London derby victory over Tottenham last weekend, while the Cherries produced an equally convincing 3-0 win over Brighton.

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The Gunners are expected to have a fully fit squad to choose from for the game with Jurrien Timber now ready to participate in a matchday squad after playing two matches for Arsenal Under-21s.

Takehiro Tomiyasu is likely to continue at left-back although there's a chance Jakub Kiwior or Oleksandr Zinchenko could also feature.

Martin Odegaard will almost start alongside Declan Rice and Thomas Partey in midfield, with the front three could be Bukayo Saka, Kai Havertz and one of Gabriel Jesus or Leandro Trossard.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth are facing somewhat of an injury crisis ahead of the game with Antoine Semenyo ruled out after suffering a nasty looking injury against Brighton.

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Andoni Iraola will also be without Chris Mepham (illness), Romain Faivre (thigh), Luis Sinisterra (thigh), Marcus Tavernier (thigh), Ryan Fredericks (calf), Milos Kerkez (suspension).

There will also be late fitness tests for Tyler Adams (back), Philip Billing (illness) and Ilya Zabarnyi.

Arsenal potential starting lineup: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Odegaard, Partey, Rice; Saka, Havertz, Jesus.

Bournemouth potential starting lineup: Neto, Smith, Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kelly; Ouattara, Cook, Scott, Kluivert; Solanke, Unal.

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