- Mikel Arteta reveals Declan Rice has not trained since the injury in the draw against Tottenham
- Gabriel Martinelli, Leandro Trossard and Bukayo Saka also missed training
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Arsenal could be without a large number of regular first-team players in the Premier League against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Mikel Arteta has revealed that summer signing Declan Rice has not trained this week after being forced off at half-time of the 2-2 draw against Tottenham last weekend.
The Arsenal boss said after the match that the England international was suffering from a back problem.
Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard both missed the match against Spurs, and neither has yet returned to training.
Bukayo Saka was released late in the north London derby and then missed the Carabao Cup third round win against Brentford.
Mikel Arteta has revealed that four key Arsenal players have not trained this week ahead of Saturday’s match against Bournemouth
Declan Rice was forced off at half-time of the 2-2 draw against Tottenham last weekend due to a problem with his back
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Ahead of the match against Bournemouth, Arteta said: “He (Rice) hasn’t trained yet. We’ll have another session in an hour or two. More news today. Martinelli hasn’t trained, Trossard – same situation. Saka – same situation.” ‘
The Arsenal boss also said William Saliba and Fabio Vieira ‘weren’t fit enough’ to be selected for the win over Brentford.
Arsenal are optimistic Rice’s injury will not last long after he was substituted against Spurs when his movement was restricted.
Bukayo Saka was subbed off late against Spurs and has not been in training since
West Ham’s £105million summer signing has since undergone a number of tests to determine the extent of the problem.
Saka appeared to feel uncomfortable when he was substituted in the final minutes of the match against Spurs and has not featured since.
Arsenal hope to have both Trossard and Martinelli available for the visit of Manchester City on Sunday, October 8.
Both missed the draw against Tottenham due to hamstring injuries.