Mikel Arteta provides update on Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka after Burnley

Arsenal held by Burnley

Sunday’s early Premier League kick-off saw Arsenal travel to Burnley.

The Gunners do look to have improved under Mikel Arteta, and kicked off at Turf Moor undefeated in 2020.

But Arsenal have been picking up a fair few draws under the Spaniard, and were yet to win an away league game with Arteta in the dugout.

The Arsenal faithful will likely have been confident of picking up all three points on Sunday, though.

Burnley had not beaten Arsenal in any competition since 2009, with the north London outfit having emerged victorious from 12 of the two sides’ last 13 meetings.

Arsenal would also welcome back both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz from suspension vs the Clarets.

But despite the return of two key players, and their historically positive record against Sean Dyche’s side, Arsenal were unable to find the back of the net vs Burnley.

Both sides had a smattering of decent chances, with Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez coming closest to breaking the deadlock. The final whistle would blow with the score still 0-0, though.

And after Chelsea, Manchester United and Wolves all dropped points on Saturday, Arsenal will likely view this tie as a missed opportunity to gain some ground in the race for a Champions League spot.

Highlights: Burnley 0-Arsenal 0

Arteta on Saka

As well as failing to beat Burnley, Arsenal looked to be handed a blow on the injury front on Sunday.

Bukayo Saka has been one of Arsenal’s more impressive players in recent weeks, and the youngster enjoyed a lively start vs Burnley.

But after appearing to pick up a knock in the first 45, Saka was unable to continue in the second-half, and was replaced by Lucas Torreira.

Mikel Arteta would then provide a brief update on Saka in his post-match press conference, confirming that the Englishman had a knock in his knee and hip:

“He’s been a threat for us and we thought we could exploit him.”

“He had a knock in his knee and hip and will be assessed.” As quoted by football.london.

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