Saturday, March 4, 2023

Arsenal news: Fresh title prediction made as Mikel Arteta provides injury update

Arsenal recorded their fourth successive Premier League victory to cement their place at the top of the table as they came from behind to beat Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Gunners found themselves two-nil down courtesy of goals from Philip Billing and Marcos Senesi – to the shock of the home supporters inside the Emirates Stadium.

 

However, Mikel Arteta’s side pulled one back through Thomas Partey, before Ben White levelled with 20 minutes to play. Arsenal dominated large spells of the game and eventually found a leveller in the seventh minute of injury time when Reiss Nelson fired the ball into the top corner from long range.

It felt another defining moment in the title race as the Gunners moved five points clear of Manchester City after the latter beat Newcastle in the early kick-off. Here is the latest news from north London.

 

Merson’s fresh title prediction

Former Gunners midfielder Paul Merson believes Arsenal will win the Premier League ahead of Manchester City and Manchester United this season.

Mikel Arteta’s side moved five points clear at the top of the table with a last-gasp 3-2 win over Bournemouth after City had beaten Newcastle earlier in the day.

Asked if Arsenal will lift the title, Merson told Sky Sports: “I think they win the league, I really do. They just keep on going and going, they don’t know when they’re beaten.

“That’s four wins in a row now. They came back against Aston Villa too, I think they’ve done brilliantly and if they win their next three games, I don’t see how they don’t win the league.”

Arteta gives Trossard update

Mikel Arteta admits the injury picked up by Leandro Trossard is a “worry” after the player admitted he couldn’t continue.

The Belgian was forced off within the opening half hour as the Gunners’ injury problems mount. The former Brighton man, who moved to the Emirates from Brighton in January, has begun to occupy a false-nine role as Arteta looks for ways to make do without the injured Gabriel Jesus.

Trossard has performed impressively in his new role and his injury will leave his boss looking for fresh solutions in the final third. Arsenal will need to assess the 28-year-old with the games still coming thick and fast as they battle domestically as well as in Europe.

Arteta said of Trossard’s injury: “It is a worry, he came to me straight away and said he couldn’t continue, he’d felt something when he was tracking back, so we had to take him off. We’ll assess him and see how he is.”

 

Nelson’s admission on winner

 

Reiss Nelson admitted he changed his mind before striking a dramatic late winner in Arsenal’s 3-2 comeback win over Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

The 22-year-old struck the winner with virtually the last touch of the game as the Gunners extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Reflecting on the win and his goal, Nelson told the BBC: “It dropped onto my right. I wanted to hit it with my laces on my right but I saw the defender coming out, so I decided to shift it onto my left and then just had to hit through it, aim for the top bins – something like that! I’m just happy it went in – I’m delighted with it.

“When the ball came out to me I was thinking ‘please give me one chance’. I’m buzzing, really happy. I controlled it with my right foot and it came onto my left. We need moments like this if we want to go all the way.”

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