Arsenal head to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United tomorrow and Mikel Arteta has revealed his latest team news.
The Gunners are on a good run at the moment. Our hammering at Anfield was a big blow, but when you look at the bigger picture, we’ve lost just once in our last 12 games in all competitions. That’s a fantastic record and it is something we’ve to build on.
The game at Old Trafford is a big test, but we showed last season that we can win there, and there’s no reason why we can’t pick up the three points again tomorrow.
Arsenal injury news ahead of Manchester United clash
Mikel Arteta was asked about a fitness update ahead of the game at Old Trafford and the Arsenal boss confirmed that two players are guaranteed to miss the game. One of our biggest stars, however, could recover, but he’s still a doubt at this moment.
The Spaniard said, as per Arsenal.com: “Granit (Xhaka) is still not ready. (Sead) Kolasinac is still not ready.
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“We have a doubt with Bukayo and another few knocks we got against Newcastle so today is the day to assess how everyone is and if they will be fit for tomorrow and then make the decision on the squad.
“I am hopeful (about Saka) but we don’t know. Obviously, it’s a really short turnaround and the player has to be comfortable playing with a little injury, so let’s see how he is in training.”
Losing Saka would be a huge blow
Xhaka’s absence is not ideal but we’ve been doing well without him. Kolasinac wouldn’t have played anyway, so his injury isn’t as much of a problem for us ahead of the game tomorrow.
However, losing Saka would be an enormous blow for Arsenal. Most fans would agree that the 20-year-old is our best player. His pace, dribbling, creativity and his eye for goal are almost irreplaceable on the right flank.
Arteta admitted he is hopeful that Saka will be fit to start tomorrow. We’re all crossing our fingers as well, but if he fails to make it, it will be interesting to see who’ll start in his place – Gabi Martinelli or Nicolas Pepe.