Mikel Arteta reassured Arsenal fans that Bukayo Saka is ‘fine’ after the winger was substituted as the Gunners beat Oxford United in the FA Cup to set up a fourth round tie against Manchester City.
Arsenal came away from their FA Cup tie at Oxford with a 3-0 win after a game that was dominated for the first hour by the referee letting them kick with impunity.
As a result, Bukayo Saka was on the end of a number of heavy tackles, the final of which saw him replaced in the 75th minute.
With Tottenham next up for Arsenal in the Premier League there was, naturally, much concern that Saka may miss the game.
Thankfully, we have nothing to worry about with the forward set start his 42nd Premier League game in a row on Sunday.
“He is fine. He’s fine,” Arteta told reporters after the game when he was asked about Saka.
And that’s all he had to say about it.
With Gabriel Jesus still sidelined, Arteta was asked about having to rely on Eddie Nketiah alone, and in his response the Arsenal boss mentioned something of a timeframe for the Brazilian, something the club have not yet done publicly.
“The problem is we have only one! [striker],” Arteta said.
“And to go for that many months til Jesus is back is not easy. But we have to get the most out of the players that we have at the moment and if we can have some reinforcements – great.”
How many months?
Maybe one day they will tell us exactly…