Friday, September 29, 2023

Mikel Arteta tasked with tough Bournemouth decision amid double injury boost

Arsenal managed to keep the unbeaten train on the rails once again as they reached the last 16 of the Carabao Cup for the first time in two years thanks to an early Reiss Nelson goal. It means Mikel Arteta’s side are yet to lose in their opening nine games this season across all competitions, four games more than when they recorded their first loss last season.

Now they’ll start to look ahead towards a struggling Bournemouth who are yet to record a league win under new manager Andoni Iraola. The Cherries sit just two points above the relegation zone in 17th, with the Gunners looking to close the gap on league leaders Manchester City by recording a fourth successive away win this season.


Arsenal set for double injury boost


Mikel Arteta was forced to rotate his Arsenal starting XI in the Carabao Cup third round victory against Brentford on Wednesday night. The Gunners made eight changes to the side that drew 2-2 against Tottenham in the North London Derby on Sunday.


Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka were left out of the matchday squad to face Brentford after sustaining injuries against Spurs. Rice is currently recovering from a back injury, whilst Saka limped off towards the end of the game at the Emirates Stadium.


Gabriel Martinelli, Leandro Trossard, Thomas Partey and Jurrien Timber remain sidelined with their own injury issues leaving Arteta’s options short ahead of the trip to Bournemouth.


Arteta handed Bournemouth decision


Arsenal defender Jakub Kiwior staked his claim for a starting spot after a vital goal-line clearance saw him help the Gunners progress to the last 16 of the Carabao Cup following their win against Brentford. An early Reiss Nelson goal saw Mikel Arteta’s side take the lead after just eight minutes but they were almost pegged back on numerous occasions.

Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who was given the nod over Bees loanee David Raya, also came up with a pair of key saves to deny Thomas Frank’s side an equaliser in the second half. The win marked Arsenal’s third straight win away from home to start the season, all of which have been 1-0 results, and they’ll be hoping that trend continues against Bournemouth this weekend.

Odegaard gesture


Martin Odegaard has been hailed for his actions towards his teammates following Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Brentford in the Carabao Cup. The Gunners knocked out Thomas Frank’s Bees in order to reach the last 16 of the competition, one round further than they managed last season.


Winger Reiss Nelson broke the deadlock after just eight minutes when Eddie Nketiah pounced on a poor back-pass by Mathias Jørgensen and cut it back into the middle of the penalty area where it was calmly slotted home by Nelson. Arsenal shot-stopper Aaron Ramsdale then came up with multiple big saves in the second half to deny Yoane Wissa an equaliser.


With the win, Arsenal will now have to travel across the capital at the end of October when they face West Ham at the London Stadium for a place in the quarter-finals. Following the game, Odegaard and the rest of the players came over to the away end and clapped the travelling fans.

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