Mikel Arteta provided an injury update on Bukayo Saka who had to be substituted in the closing stages of today’s 0-0 draw with Leeds United.
The 19-year-old was a bright spark when he came on for Joe Willock in the aftermath of Nicolas Pepe’s red card but didn’t finish the game after picking up a knock in a late clash with Kalvin Phillips.
It remains to be seen whether he recovers in time for Thursday’s Europa League game with Molde on Thursday.
“He was in pain,” said the manager. “We’re going to have to assess with the medical staff how bad it is, but it looked like a pretty bad challenge and he was in pain so we decided to take him out straight away.”
With Pepe facing a three-game ban in the league, Mo Elneny and Sead Kolasinac sidelined by positive Covid-19 diagnoses and a thigh problem keeping Thomas Partey out, Arteta’s squad is being stretched at a time when games come thick and fast in the run-up to Christmas.
To add to the problems, Willian, who this week earned a ticking off for flying to Dubai during the Interlull, also complained of a problem.
The Brazil international started on the left of attack but was nearly anonymous before being replaced at half time by Reiss Nelson. It turned out not to be a tactical decision.
“He was feeling something muscular and we had to take him off,” Arteta confirmed.