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Arsenal Team News: Wenger Provides Update On Trio Ahead Of Bournemouth Clash

Arsene Wenger has offered an update on the fitness of three key players ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Sunday.

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Arsenal will be looking to get back to winning ways following three consecutive draws when we entertain Bournemouth at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

Ahead of the game, Arsene Wenger has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s offered an update on the latest team and injury news.

The boss confirmed that we suffered no fresh injury concerns following our 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

However, none of our current injured players such as Santi Cazorla or Hector Bellerin are ready to return just yet so it will be a similar squad available this weekend.

Cazorla has been out since aggravating his Achilles injury against Ludogorets six weeks ago while Bellerin is also on the sidelines with an ankle injury that he suffered against Tottenham earlier this month.

The pair aren’t ready to make their comebacks just yet but there was more positive news on Lucas Perez as Wenger revealed that the Spaniard resumed full training today after recovering from an ankle injury.

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The striker has missed the last five matches but the boss has suggested that while he’s not yet ready to play against Bournemouth on Sunday, Perez could be in contention to face Southampton in the EFL Cup next Wednesday.

Wenger told

on team news…
I don’t think from the other night we have any injuries, so everybody should be available. In cases like Cazorla and Bellerin, they are still out. We have nobody coming back.

on Lucas…
Lucas is for the first time in training today [Friday]. He might be in contention for Wednesday [against Southampton], but one training session is not enough to be involved on Sunday.

Hopefully Cazorla and Bellerin will be back soon as they are two key players for us but it will also be great to see Perez back in action if he can make the Southampton game next week as he’ll give us another option in the final third.

We welcome Bournemouth to north London off the back of an 18-game unbeaten run but we’ve drawn the last three matches in all competitions so Wenger will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Sunday.

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