Bukayo Saka injury update from Man City stalemate

  • Bukayo Saka was injury doubt heading into Man City clash
  • Winger struggled at the Etihad before hobbling off
  • Mikel Arteta provided post-match update

Bukayo Saka didn't look 100% fit at the Etihad
Bukayo Saka didn't look 100% fit at the Etihad / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Mikel Arteta played down any Bukayo Saka injury fears after the winger hobbled off during Sunday's stalemate against Manchester City.

The Gunners defended deep and superbly against last season's treble winners, fighting for a point which ensured they remained above the Cityzens in the title race. Liverpool, however, climbed to the summit after beating Brighton 2-1 earlier in the day.

There was much discourse surrounding one of Arsenal's stars, Saka, ahead of Sunday's game, but the Englishman proved to be a mere support figure in Manchester as the likes of William Saliba and Gabriel starred. Saka struggled to have much of an influence with the visitors utterly reliant on City build-up errors and transitions for any sort of attacking spark.

Bukayo Saka injury update from Man City stalemate

Saka's defensive effort was tireless at the Etihad, but the winger was far from his best. He was an injury doubt heading into the bout having withdrawn from the England camp with a minor muscle issue, but Arsenal's starboy was always going to play given the significance of the fixture.

Saka didn't look 100%, and he hobbled off with 15 minutes remaining. We've gotten used to such sequences this season with the winger once again going through the wars, but a major injury setback has so far been avoided.

Despite the hobble, Arteta allayed any fears regarding a potential issue post-match: "As you know he has been out for a few weeks now with a little problem and he was feeling that fatigue," he said.

"Right now, he hasn’t trained. He trained one day before the match - he had a big contribution, but 90 minutes were too much for him today.”

There's little time for Saka to recover with Arsenal next in action against Luton Town on Wednesday night. With Liverpool not playing until Thursday, the Gunners will return to the Premier League's summit with a win.

Minutes off the bench might be sensible for Saka.