Mikel Arteta plays down Bukayo Saka injury fears after winger limps off against Sevilla

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Bukayo Saka’s goal and assist helped them to a commanding 2-0 win over Group B opponents Sevilla at the Emirates Stadium.

Four days on from their acrimonious defeat to Newcastle at St James’ Park, victory never looked in doubt from the moment Leandro Trossard swept home Saka’s low cross in the first half.

Saka added the second with a composed finish after latching onto a pass from the similarly dangerous Gabriel Martinelli in the second period, but a positive night was dampened when the 22-year-old limped off after hurting his ankle in the closing stages.

Arsenal will be encouraged by the fact Saka took part in the post-match celebrations, however, and Arteta played down injury concerns afterwards. “It was just a kick,” he said. “I was told by the physios that he wasn’t happy to continue. He had some discomfort but, hopefully, I’m going to assume he’s going to be OK.”

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28 thoughts on “Mikel Arteta plays down Bukayo Saka injury fears after winger limps off against Sevilla

  1. Arteta's man-management of Saka has to be assessed, he is still young and has to be managed properly especially considering he just came back from an ankle injury. Needed to be subbed cause the game was essentially secured and they have players on the bench who can step up and do the job

  2. Some of these young players are gonna be absolutely broken by the time they get to 28/29. Great for the development for a guy like to Saka to play as much as he has, but it can’t be good for their bodies…

  3. The usual media agenda against Arsenal. “Plays down” like you know more.. 🤦🏻‍♂️ it’s a disgrace. If it were Ange, the title would be “BIG ANGE GIVES POSITIVE UPDATE WITH HIS BEAUTIFUL VOICE”

  4. Tell me Arsenal fans wanted Saka rested against Sevilla so that he couldnt get injured, To be the Best in the World you play every week, tells you why Ronaldo and Messi are greats while English Players need a Rest, Greateness and Mediocrity

  5. Saka needs a well desevered rest. He seems to have some knock every other week now. Arteta got blessed with him playing a million minutes last year with no injury but that can only last so long, rotation is key especially for a pacey player that is getting fouled a lot every single week.

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