Bukayo Saka is a doubt for Arsenal’s clash with Burnley tomorrow.
The England international limped off towards the end of the 2-0 win over Sevilla in midweek, in which he scored and made an assist, and hasn’t trained since.
The question of whether it might impact his availability for England was raised, with Arteta responding, “We want our players to play for the club and play for the national teams and B had to leave the pitch because he was in quite a lot of pain.
“He didn’t train yesterday and let’s see if he can make it tomorrow.”
There remain doubts over Martin Odegaard and Eddie Nketiah who both missed the Champions League tie, with both players set to be assessed ahead of tomorrow’s game. There’s also a worry over Takehiro Tomiyasu who came off at half-time on Wednesday night.
“We need to give them 24 more hours to give them a chance to be involved in the game, but we won’t know anything until tomorrow,” said Arteta.
Arteta also confirmed the fact that Thomas Partey has had a procedure on the thigh injury that has kept him out since he returned from international duty last month.
Expanding on that situation, the Arsenal boss said, “He’s progressing really well but it was a significant injury and I said that hopefully it’s going to be weeks and not months.
“He’s working towards that and he needs support and hopefully the injury will heal in the right way and we’ll have him back because he’s a big player for us.”
As for the prospect of Partey getting fit, then departing for the AFCON which takes place in Ivory Coast in January, he said, “That’s part number two, let’s get him fit and healthy as quick as possible and play a big part in the team which I think that he can do.”