Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Bournemouth: Timber to start?

  • Arsenal are in action at Saturday lunchtime against Bournemouth
  • Jurrien Timber hopeful of returning to matchday squad
  • Mikel Arteta could name another unchanged team
Mikel Arteta's Arsenal have won three-straight games
Mikel Arteta's Arsenal have won three-straight games / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Three games to go.

With Arsenal's midweek schedule drawing to a close, the Gunners have had plenty of time to rest and recuperate ahead of Saturday's clash with Bournemouth.

Mikel Arteta's side remain at the Premier League summit after securing a huge victory in the North London Derby, but Manchester City, who matched Arsenal's win in the deby by triumphing at Nottingham Forest, still hold the cards. All Arsenal can do is continue to put the pressure on by winning games of football.

Arteta has been blessed with an almost fully fit squad for the run-in, and he'll have a full cohort of players available for the weekend's game should Jurrien Timber make his long-awaited return to the matchday squad.

Here's how Arsenal could line up against the Cherries on Saturday afternoon.

Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Bournemouth

David Raya
David Raya is closing in on the Golden Glove / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Raya (GK) - Jordan Pickford is the only man that can catch Raya in the Golden Glove chase, with the Spaniard surrendering another shutout last weekend when he gifted Cristian Romero a goal.

Ben White (RB) - Goalkeepers, beware! Ben White is coming for the straps on your gloves!

William Saliba (CB) - Saliba has been a mainstay in Arsenal's backline this season. A strong finale should see him earn PFA Team of the Year honours.

Gabriel (CB) - Gabriel and company had few issues dealing with Son Heung-min last Sunday, and he'll have to be similarly diligent against Bournemouth with sharpshooter Dominic Solanke coming to town.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (LB) - Even if Timber does return to the squad, he almost certainly won't start. Tomiyasu keeps his place.


Thomas Partey (CM) - The midfielder's return has undoubtedly been a big boost in recent games, especially with the ball. Partey adds another layer to Arsenal's build-up play.

Declan Rice (CM) - Let's hope Rice didn't reveal too many secrets having discussed his game in great depth in an interview with The Athletic!

Martin Odegaard (CM) - Odegaard was rather subdued in the derby, but this feels like a game where the skipper will come to the fore.


Bukayo Saka (RW) - Saka was back to his very best last time out, and a late season resurgence from the starboy certainly wouldn't go amiss.

Kai Havertz (ST) - Another standout performer in the derby, Havertz has well and truly usurped Gabriel Jesus as Arsenal's leading man up top. So much so that Arsenal are ready to listen to offers for Jesus this summer.

Leandro Trossard (LW) - If Arteta does make a change, he could bring in Gabriel Martinelli for Trossard, who struggled in possession last weekend. However, I think the boss will stick with the Belgian given how well he's performed during the run-in.