Mikel Arteta provides Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah and Jorginho injury updates

Mikel Arteta has provided mixed news on the injury front ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League showdown against Bournemouth on Saturday.

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The Gunners cemented their position at the top of the table in midweek and moved five points clear of Manchester City following a comprehensive 4-0 win over Everton.

Arsenal appear to be firmly over the blip which saw them take one point from a possible nine, prior to consecutive wins over Aston Villa and Leicester.

The league leaders will be overwhelming favourites to record a fourth straight win against relegation threatened Bournemouth but they may have to make do without striker Eddie Nketiah.

Arteta confirmed the striker had been carrying a knock prior to last weekend’s game at the King Power, while he was seen moving gingerly during the latter stages of Wednesday’s game against Everton.

Midfielder Jorginho has returned to full fitness after he was forced off at half-time against the Toffees due to illness.

Arteta said: ‘We are assessing him [Eddie Nketiah] and it is a bit uncertain what is going to happen to be honest. He is positive so hopefully he will be fine. Jorginho is fine, he had an illness and was suffering but he is fit now.’

The Arsenal manager, meanwhile, offered a more positive bulletin on the status of Gabriel Jesus who is closing on a comeback from the injury which has ruled him out since the World Cup.

He said: ‘He’s not far now. I don’t want to give a timeline but he is doing certain things with the team and certain things away from the team. He’s not very close but he’s not far at all.

‘He is feeling better every day and feeling confident with the way the injury is evolving. We are in a good place with him, I think.

He needs to do much more with the team but let’s see how the next week/10 days develop and we will have a better picture after that.

It’s been pretty straightforward. At the beginning we were really concerned. Thankfully it wasn’t that bad, but it was a long-term injury that required surgery.

‘Knowing Gabi he has been through that before and his mentality is just incredible. The team has done a good job to put him in the position he is in today.’

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