Arsenal boss issues Bukayo Saka injury update ahead of the North London Derby vs Tottenham Hotspur
Speaking to ITV Sport as quoted by the Mirror, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has issued an injury update on English star Bukayo Saka ahead of the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.
The Gunners surprisingly went into the FA Cup tie against Oxford United with a very strong line-up despite having Tottenham on the horizon a few days later and Saka who started the game had to be taken off in the 75th minute with an injury scare.
Arsenal did win the game 3-0 quite comfortably but the injury to Saka would have gotten them worried. Although they are comfortably leading the Premier League title race, the clash against Tottenham has a lot to it due to the nature of the derby.
It did not look good for Saka who seemed to suffer a very painful leg injury when he had to be taken off. Emile Smith Rowe came on for him and eventually saw Arsenal through. However, the Gunners fans can breathe easily.
Speaking after the game, Mikel Arteta calmed down all the scares around Saka’s injury, confirming that he will absolutely be fine for the Tottenham game.
“Yeah, he’s fine. He’ll be okay.”
Whilst Arteta has squashed down any rumours of a Saka injury, his words must be taken with a pinch of salt. The Arsenal boss would not have wanted to hand Tottenham a boost so early in preparations and could have said to keep his cards close to his chest.
It would be a huge boost for Antonio Conte & co. should Saka miss out on the North London derby. We know how crucial the Englishman has been to Arsenal’s success this campaign and they would miss him should he not be there.
However, striving to be a top team, we must always look to compete against the best and even if Saka was there for Arsenal this weekend as Arteta claims, we must look to beat the Gunners and show what we are capable of.
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It is a humongous task considering not many clubs have been able to stop the rampant Arsenal this season. However, we can take inspiration from Man United who have shown they are not invincible after all. Let’s hope we can beat them and make a statement on Sunday.