Mikel Arteta admits he doesn’t know the status of Bukayo Saka’s injury after a knee-to-knee clash in the win over West Bromwich Albion.
Bukayo Saka’s performance was one of quite a few positives in Arsenal’s 6-0 League Cup win over West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night, as he forced the save leading to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first goal before scoring one of his own later in the match.
But it was less encouraging to see the young winger going down with a knee problem later in the game, and seeming to hobble around a bit afterwards.
Mikel Arteta said afterwards that he’s hoping Saka will be alright following the clash, but he doesn’t know yet.
“I think he got hit knee to knee,” Arteta said. “It was sore – he was limping. I don’t know how he’s going to be. Hopefully he’s going to be OK.”
Arteta then said in his press conference the day after the game that Saka would “be assessed” after the knock.
If it really was just a heavy clash of joints, hopefully that means it will just be a bit painful and nothing more serious. It would be a real shame to lose Saka again right after his return to the side.
Arsenal do have the options to deal with Saka’s absence, with Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe, Nicolas Pepe, and Gabriel Martinelli all available this weekend. But Saka always brings something unique and positive to the team’s performances, so they’ll want him available.