Mikel Arteta provides Bukayo Saka update ahead of Arsenal’s meeting with Manchester United

Mikel Arteta provides Bukayo Saka update ahead of Arsenal’s meeting with Manchester United

Mikel Arteta has provided an update on Arsenal star Bukayo Saka ahead of the Gunners’ meeting with Manchester United.

Manchester United host Arsenal

At the slightly odd time of 8.15 on a Thursday, Arsenal travel to Old Trafford to take on a struggling Manchester United.

The Gunners come into the match having lost just one of their last 9 Premier League games, and knowing that a win would take them 8 points clear of their opponents after 14 games of the season in the race for European football next season.

United, meanwhile, will be looking for a repeat performance of their game with Chelsea on Sunday, where they earned a very credible draw at Stamford Bridge. Even without the currently sidelined Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane, United have a very strong squad.

Arsenal, however, are sweating on the fitness of one of their own.

Saka update issued

The only blemish from Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday lunchtime was an injury that forced Bukayo Saka off on the hour mark. Speaking after the game, Mikel Arteta revealed:

“It was an action where he said he felt something muscular. He wasn’t comfortable to continue.”

And now, ahead of the United clash, the Arsenal coach has issued a further update on Saka:

“I am hopeful but we don’t know. It’s a really short turnaround. The player has to be comfortable playing with a little injury.”

With the Englishman such a key member of Arsenal’s squad, rushing him back only for him to then be out for a longer period is not something the Gunners will want to happen. However, given Man United are expected to turn their season around now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gone, this tie may be pretty important in Arsenal’s battle for a Champions League/Europa League place.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 13 26 30
2 Manchester City 13 20 29
3 Liverpool FC 13 28 28
4 West Ham United 13 8 23
5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Crystal Palace 13 0 16
12 Brentford FC 13 0 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton FC 13 -4 15
15 Southampton FC 13 -7 14
16 Watford FC 13 -6 13
17 Leeds United 13 -8 12
18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 13 -20 9
20 Newcastle United 13 -14 6
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 4
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4

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