For the third time in as many games, Bukayo Saka limped off the pitch in Arsenal’s last match. Now, with Man City coming up next, will he be able to recover in time?
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he has “no clue” if Bukayo Saka will be able to play in Sunday’s Premier League showdown against Manchester City.
Saka was forced off with an injury during the 2-1 Champions League defeat to Lens on Tuesday. He left in the 34th minute of the game, shortly after assisting Gabriel Jesus for the opening goal. The extent of his wound remains uncertain.
Speaking in a post-match press conference, Arteta revealed he substituted Saka for Fabio Viera after the winger felt discomfort attempting a backheel.
“We don’t know anything more than that,” the Gunners coach said at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.
“Obviously, it was big enough not to allow him to continue to play the game, and that’s obviously a worry for us.”
When asked about Saka’s availability for the crucial clash with Manchester City, Arteta admitted, “I have no clue. I don’t know.”
The Spaniard also reportedly conveyed to Arilas Ould-Saada, a journalist for TV 2 Sport, that the situation “doesn’t look good.”
Just spoke to Mikel Arteta on Bukayo Saka’s injury: “It doesn’t look good.”
— Arilas Ould-Saada (@arilasos) October 3, 2023
Arteta does not regret his decision
Despite Saka coming off with an injury in his last three games, Arteta does not regret starting the 22-year-old on Tuesday.
“No,” the manager said when asked if he regretted playing Saka.
“It was a knock that he picked up the other day, and he was perfectly fine. It wasn’t an action, it was a backheel that can produce that type of injury.”
In Arsenal’s 11 games across all competitions this season, Saka has started 10 times. The only match he has missed was last week’s 1-0 Carabao Cup win over Brentford.
The England international has produced five goals and five assists for the Gunners, including four goals in the Premier League.