Arsenal clinched an extremely important victory yesterday against Bournemouth.
The Gunners went behind after less than ten seconds when Cherries midfielder Phillip Billing scored the second-fastest goal in Premier League history before Marcos Senesi doubled their lead in the second period. However, Mikel Arteta’s side were able to rally as goals from Thomas Partey and Ben White levelled the scoreline with just 20 minutes to go at the Emirates Stadium.
Substitute Reiss Nelson then found the winner for the home team deep into stoppage time, firing an unstoppable strike past Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto to secure all three points. That result meant that the north Londoners restored their five point advantage over second-placed Manchester City, who had beaten Newcastle United earlier in the day.
However, there were a few injury concerns after the match, with striker Eddie Nketiah missing out on the matchday squad whilst fellow forward Leandro Trossard was taken off in the first-half after pulling up with some kind of fitness problem. Away from the field, Arsenal’s summer transfer plans have taken a blow as Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo penned a new long-term deal to stay at the Amex Stadium until 2027.
The Gunners had two bids rebuffed by the Seagulls for the young Ecuadorian international during the January window.
With all of that being said, make sure you keep today’s blog locked as we bring you all the latest transfer chatter, team updates and injury news LIVE from N5.
Gabriel Jesus appears closer to making a return as he took part in the Arsenal warm down in his training gear after victory against Bournemouth.
Chelsea could be eyeing a potential return for striker Tammy Abraham this summer, with the side holding a buyback clause in his contract.
The England international has also been linked with a move to Arsenal, though it remains to be seen if the deal would be possible for the Gunners.
Arsenal face some huge fixtures in their next run of five, with some being potentially season defining.
The Gunners prepare for some local trips as well as one away game to another member of the top six, with their title rivals also facing a tough run ahead.
Arsenal defender Ben White was seen celebrating right in front of Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto after Reiss Nelson netted the third.
Reiss Nelson has revealed what Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said to him before introducing him during yesterday’s 3-2 win over Bournemouth.
Speaking about what Arteta told him before he came on, Nelson said: “He just said to keep wide, you know.
“Use my strengths, go one v one against the fullback and that’s what I tried to do. I’m happy with the assist and the goal so happy days for us.”
Pressure is back on Manchester United to prove their title mettle after Arsenal and Manchester City both secured victories in the race for the Premier League trophy on Saturday.
Reiss Nelson’s 97th-minute winner for Arsenal gave them a 3-2 win over Bournemouth after falling two goals behind, while City had earlier beaten Newcastle 2-0 to keep within touching distance.
United hold faint hopes of beating both their rivals to the title, but it could be another old foe who derails their pursuit as they meet Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. The Reds have their own carrot to chase after Tottenham slipped up again in their quest for a top four spot, opening the door for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Arsenal were always likely to try and snap up cover for Thomas Partey in the January transfer window given the defensive midfielder’s chequered injury history. But very few people – if any – would have tipped the Gunners to swoop for Jorginho.
At 31 years of the age, the Chelsea playmaker hardly seemed like an ideal fit considering Arsenal’s transfer policy mainly consists of acquiring young, hungry players with the scope to evolve; hence their pursuit of Brighton’s Moises Caicedo.
But Mikel Arteta and Edu both stressed they were delighted to capture the veteran, who boasts a wealth of experience after winning four trophies during his stint at Stamford Bridge – and his touchline antics in Saturday’s dramatic 3-2 win over Bournemouth underlined the value he brings to the Arsenal squad away from the pitch.
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.
Manchester United and Liverpool have called for an end to chants about tragedies that have blighted both clubs.
United boss Erik ten Hag and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp have issued a joint statement, calling for an end to the roux chants, ahead of Sunday’s meeting between the two rival clubs at Anfield.
Both bosses insist that chants and online abuse relating to tragic events such as Munich, Heysel and Hillsborough have to stop and urged supporters to create a special atmosphere for such a huge clash.
What a day we have in store as two heavyweights from the North West collide in a huge match for both sides.
Jurgen Klopp meets Erik ten Hag in another battle of wits as he bids to derail Man Utd’s title charge and gain ground on the Red Devils as his Liverpool team desperately chase a top four spot.
There is also a huge clash at the other end of the table as Sean Dyche’s Everton could climb out of the drop zone – but only if they can beat Nottingham Forest on away soil.
Follow all the day’s goings on right here on Mirror Football.