Bukayo Saka is the latest Arsenal player to join the injury list after he picked up a knock in the North London Derby on Sunday. The young winger had to be substituted in the final minutes of the 2-2 draw with Tottenham, and manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that he is doubtful for the upcoming games against Brentford and Bournemouth.
Arteta told the media on Tuesday: “He was limping quite badly after the match. We had to get him off the field. He hasn’t been able to participate in the session. It’s a possibility (he could miss the Bournemouth game).” Arsenal will travel to Brentford on Wednesday for the Carabao Cup quarter-final, but they will be without several key players. Gabriel Martinelli, Leandro Trossard, and Thomas Partey are all out with injuries, while Declan Rice is also a major doubt after he was forced off against Spurs with a groin problem.
Arteta said: “Declan hasn’t trained yet. Obviously, he could not carry on in the game. He wasn’t comfortable at all. On the possibility of Belgian winger Trossard returning, the Gunners boss admitted: “Leandro won’t be available for tomorrow. Let’s see day by day how he improves and whether he’s got a chance for the weekend or not.
“He did some activity, and that’s where he felt it. He wasn’t comfortable carrying on the session the day before the game, and he hasn’t trained yet, so he is not available for tomorrow.” Arsenal will hope to have some of their injured stars back soon, as they face a busy schedule of fixtures in the festive period.
Arsenal, who missed their chance to get their hands on the Premier League title after two decades once again in trouble this season due to the increasing number of injured players on the injury list, which now includes Saka too. It will not be easy for Arsenal to play against Brentford, a drilled team that lost their last two matches on the run.