Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s medical team will monitor Bukayo Saka’s hamstring after the England international was forced off during the 2-1 win over Sp*rs.
Saka showed no sign of discomfort in the opening 45 minutes but was replaced by Nicolas Pepe at the break as the Gunners came from behind to seal a vital three points.
Having started the day with no fitness problems, it’s certainly a worry that one of our most important players is potentially nursing an injury with more big games on the horizon.
“We don’t know,” said Arteta when asked how serious the problem is. “He was feeling his hamstring, so we will monitor that.”
Despite Saka’s absence, the Gunners midfield continued to dominate after the break thanks to the efforts of Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard.
Both players were full of energy and attacking threat throughout the game with the England youth international crashing a tremendous effort against the bar and our Real Madrid loanee grabbing a vital equaliser; his second goal of the week.
Arteta raved about both players in his post-game press conference.
“I think he had a magnificent performance again,” said the boss when asked about Smith Rowe.
“I think he shows not only quality but his personality, his intelligence on the pitch, his energy. He gives us something different. Today in a derby you need some individual performances and for sure he had one.”
On Odegaard, he added: “He’s got a real stamina and he’s so talented, but his work-rate is incredible. Not only that, he’s intelligent. The timing of his runs, when he presses, his body shape.
“I’m really impressed and he had an incredible performance today. He’s giving us something different and it’s making us better.”