Mikel Arteta is confident Bukayo Saka will be okay to face West Bromwich Albion, with the Arsenal website ruling him available after his knock.

Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on December 29, 2020. (Photo by NEIL HALL / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s English striker Bukayo Saka during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on December 29, 2020. (Photo by NEIL HALL / POOL / AFP)

With two consecutive Premier League Man-of-the-Match awards, Bukayo Saka is certainly one of Arsenal’s in-form players at the moment. However, it initially looked like he might miss out on this weekend’s trip to West Bromwich Albion with an injury.

After providing the assist for the winning goal against Brighton, Saka suffered an impact injury and had to come off. But Mikel Arteta sounded positive on the 19-year-old’s recovery afterwards.

“I hope he is available, we will see today if he is training or not,” Arteta said. “He has played a lot of minutes as well. I am confident he will be okay for the game.”

Later in the day, Arsenal wrote in their team news update that Saka had sustained a heavy impact to his left leg against Brighton, but he’s been in training since then and is available for selection.

Whether Saka is fit enough to make the starting lineup, we’ll have to wait and see.

Arteta may well select him if he seems fit enough, knowing he can give him a rest afterwards. Arsenal don’t play again until the FA Cup clash with Newcastle United next Saturday, and there are no Premier League games until the following Thursday.

If Arteta wanted, he could play Saka against West Brom and then give him 11 days to rest before the Crystal Palace fixture. If it helps to keep the league run of wins going, that might be the best plan of action.

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