Nketiah, Jorginho, Gabriel Jesus, Thomas Partey & Elneny: Arsenal injury news and return dates before Bournemouth

Arsenal injury news: The Gunners took on Everton at the Emirates Stadium and below we have rounded up all the latest fitness updates ahead of the next clash against Bournemouth.

Arsenal were rampant in mid-week action against Everton, securing a hugely impressive 4-0 win in at the Emirates Stadium. The north Londoners are now five points clear at the top of the Premier League table, with Manchester City in second.

Mikel Arteta’s side won’t have long to soak up that winning feeling though as they welcome Bournemouth to N5 on Saturday afternoon. First-choice No.6 Thomas Partey didn’t start against the Toffees but he did make a 45-minute cameo from the substitutes’ bench, meaning he could be in-line to start against the Cherries this weekend.

Ahead of the crucial clash, football.london has rounded up the latest injury news involving the Gunners, including updates on centre-forwards Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus as well as central midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

Eddie Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah has impressed since taking up the role as the side’s main striker, but recent matches have seen him drop to the bench. Mikel Arteta confirmed after his substitute appearance against Everton that the youngster had suffered with a slight injury concern, but should be fine for the next clash.

What Arteta has said: “With Eddie hopefully he’s fine. He finished the game well, but he’s been carrying a little thing.”


Jorginho started last night’s match against Everton ahead of the aforementioned Partey, although he made way for the Ghana international at half-time, with Arteta confirming that the former Chelsea midfielder wasn’t feeling 100 per cent after the full-time whistle.

What Arteta has said: “And then the team grew especially with Thomas (Partey) as Jorg(inho) was not feeling good today.”

Expected return date: N/A


Thomas Partey

A muscular problem ruled Partey out for a number of games but the 29-year-old finally made his return to action in the win over Leicester. He replaced Martin Odegaard with just over five minutes left of the second-half.

The Ghana international then came on at half-time during the win over the Toffees, meaning he should be fully fit to start against Bournemouth this weekend.

What Arteta has said: “The question mark on Thomas. He hasn’t trained much but looks like he could be available. Let’s see how he goes today. We’ve missed him in the past few games and hopefully he’ll be back.”

Current fitness status: Fully fit


Emile Smith Rowe

A groin issue has plagued Smith Rowe’s season thus far with the 22-year-old limited to just five Premier League appearances so far this term. The talented playmaker did return with substitute appearances against Tottenham and Oxford United.

But he was missing for the FA Cup clash against Manchester City as football.london understands he was suffering from a thigh strain and was left out as a precaution. This issue also ruled him out for the games against Everton, Brentford and Man City but he did make the bench against Aston Villa and Leicester.

The talented playmaker played the first 45 minutes as the Gunners’ Under-21 side took on Chelsea, however. He then came on for the last ten minutes of the game last night, getting some valuable minutes under his belt.

What Arteta has said: “Really good. Obviously, they needed some minutes and at the moment they haven’t had much exposure for different situations. It was great to see them on the field because we’re going to need them in the next couple of games.”

Current fitness status: Fully fit

Gabriel Jesus

Having suffered medial ligament damage whilst playing for Brazil against Cameroon in the World Cup group stages, Jesus returned to London to undergo surgery on his knee, with an expectation that he will be out for at least another month of footballing action.

Arsenal are hopeful of having Jesus back in the first-team squad before the international break towards the end of March, football.london understands. The north London outfit welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates Stadium before club action pauses for a fortnight due to international fixtures.

The Gunners are hopeful of having the former Manchester City frontman back in the squad before players head off with their respective nations.

On Tuesday evening, Jesus took to social media, posting a picture where he can be seen back on the field, playing with a ball. “Step by step”, his Tweet read, alongside multiple emojis before the hashtags of “alômãe” and “gratidão”, which roughly translate to “hello mother” and “gratitude”, the former of which refers to his iconic phone call celebration to his mother.

What Arteta has said: “Doing really well he’s been doing quite a lot of work on the ball already and his rehab is going well. Unfortunately no [with regard to a timeframe]. Ask the doctor maybe he’ll give you one.

“The knee’s not reacting so it’s really positive. We want him back as quick as possible, but also respecting the timescale that the doctors and the specialists are giving us.”

Expected return date: March.


Mohamed Elneny

Elneny started in the FA Cup win over Oxford United and played the whole 90 minutes. However, the Egyptian was absent for Arteta’s squad for the 2-0 win at Tottenham, with a knee issue picked up in training ahead of the clash being assessed. Additionally, there was no place on the bench to face Manchester United.

A club statement last month then confirmed that the former Basel man will be out for an extended period of time, although no timescale was given on his expected return. Elneny has since penned a new deal at Arsenal as he closes in on a return.

Exhpected return date: N/A

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