3 positives & negatives as Arsenal shut out Man City in goalless draw

• Pre-match injury woes alleviated

• Title race out of Arsenal's control

• Bukayo Saka fitness concern

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Positive #3: Long-awaited injury returns

Takehiro Tomiyasu
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As well as positive injury updates based on the starting lineups, there was also a real boost for Arsenal in the 66th minute with the return of Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu from injury.

Partey had been dealing with an 'on and off' issue, having made a handful of appearances earlier this month with few minutes, while Tomiyasu had not featured for his club since last December.

Tomiyasu in particular offers some much-needed depth in defence, where Arsenal had been struggling with injuries to Oleksandr Zinchenko and Jurrien Timber, meaning that the return of the Japanese defender could not have come at a better time.

Negative #3: Bukayo Saka woes continue

Bukayo Saka
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Bukayo Saka was substituted late in the game and appeared to limp off, which sparked fears among Arsenal fans, with one on social media saying: "Saka looks to be jogging with a limp imo," midway through the game.

Arteta has eased fears that the winger has suffered an injury, however, having said: "He just went out today with fatigue, nothing serious," after the game.

Though it does not appear to be a serious injury, this once again shines a light on our lack of cover for the 23-year-old, who seems to be becoming increasingly fatigued in recent weeks and months.

Having seen our title fight derailed by injuries last season, the need to keep our star players, like Saka, fit for the remainder cannot be understated, with fans understandably sweating over his fitness ahead of a busy run-in.