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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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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 18 -11 12

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Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6