Mikel Arteta provides update on Bukayo Saka after Arsenal injury scare vs Sevilla


Mikel Arteta has said that he hopes Bukayo Saka will be fine after his latest injury scare in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Sevilla. The England international was sublime as the Gunners edged a step closer to Champions League qualification, assisting Leandro Trossard's first half goal before scoring one of his own to make the game safe in the second half.

However, with just minutes remaining Saka went down after an awkward landing following a challenge for a header. After initial treatment from physios he tried to carry on before eventually having to be replaced by Jakub Kiwior a few minutes later.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Arteta revealed that he was hopeful of positive news on the 22-year-old's fitness. "It was just a kick and I was told by the physios on the radio he wasn't happy to continue," he said. "So he will have some discomfort but hopefully I am going to assume he will be OK."

It was another night where Saka was on the end of heavy treatment from the opposition defence. He was fouled four inside the opening 14 minutes of the match, none of which resulted in a yellow card.

At one point the 22-year-old did appear to show some frustration after being hacked down the edge of the box by Fernando for a free kick that he himself put just over the bar. Arteta though, refused to criticise the Sevilla approach, instead insisting that this was just a regular feature of Saka's game.

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"There's contact in football and obviously for the wingers who want to take people on this is going to happen," he said. "At the end he wasn't comfortable to carry on, hopefully it's not too much but I'm really pleased with his performance.

"I think he's getting used to it! I don't think that's going to change, especially with the way he plays and the way he attracts players so he better get used to it because I don't think it's going to change.

Injury concerns have been a regular occurrence for Saka this season who had to come off in consecutive Premier League games with knocks against Tottenham and Bournemouth, before limping off against Lens with a hamstring problem. That issue saw the Hale Ender miss Arsenal's 1-0 over Manchester City, and Arsenal will be hopeful that he is fit in time for Saturday's match with Burnley at the Emirates.

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