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Arteta talks about the availability of Nketiah, Jorginho and Jesus



The pair both ended the match against Everton in worse attitudes, with the Italian forced off at half-time after struggling for the first 45 minutes despite his illness, while Eddie staggered after the final whistle.

Mikel has given Jorginho the thumbs up and while Eddie isn’t so clear, he is hoping his striker is fit and available for the Cherries visit.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, he said: “We’re evaluating [Eddie] and it’s a bit uncertain what’s going to happen to him, to be honest. Let’s see and keep the options open. He’s very positive about it, so hopefully it works.

“Jorgi is fine. He was ill and was in pain, but to tell the truth, he worked very hard and made a substitution in the first half. We decided to remove him, but now he’s fit.

One player close to returning to the first team is Gabriel Jesus, who has returned to training with his teammates, albeit in non-contact sessions.

The manager hopes to have the striker available as soon as possible, but is not yet willing to set a timetable on exactly when his name might appear in a squad magazine for the first time since November. “He’s not far now,” Arteta updated. “I don’t want to give a schedule, but he does some things with the team and some things outside the team. It’s not very close, but it’s not far at all. He feels better every day and the doctors are convinced of the evolution of the injury.

“We have to see when he is back, what level he is at, how we integrate him and how we are going to load him up with minutes and in which games. Like everyone else, he has to earn his place but we know what Gaby can bring to the team.

Mikel Arteta will hope to have both Jorginho and Eddie Nketiah available for tomorrow’s match against Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium.

“I think [his rehab] was pretty simple. At first we were very concerned about the possible extent of the injury because we talked about a few options. Luckily it wasn’t that bad, but it was a long-term injury, she needed surgery and it’s not [comfortable], especially for the first two weeks.

“But knowing Gaby, he’s been there before. His mentality is incredible and the [physics] team did a great job with him to put him in the position he is in today.

Arteta has admitted that Jorginho will be OK to play after struggling with illness during the win against Everton in midweek.

Eddie Nketiah also limped off at the end of that game with a knock although Arteta played down concerns it was too serious, while Gabriel Jesus and Mohamed Elneny remain out.

Bournemouth’s packed treatment room continues to be busy, with Marcus Tavernier recently picking up a hamstring injury and looks set for a spell on the sidelines, while January recruits left-back Matias Vina and Zabarnyi are out with knee and ankle issues respectively.

Junior Stanislas missed the Manchester City game last week with a knock, while David Brookes is nearing a return after 18 months on the sidelines but isn’t in contention just yet. Lloyd Kelly (calf) will also be missing, but they are boosted by the return of Lewis Cook who has been out since January with a knee complaint.