Mikel Arteta says one Arsenal player was ‘in pain’ last night

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has told the club’s official website that Bukayo Saka was in pain against Leeds United last night.

Saka was in action for Arsenal in their Premier League game against Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday evening.

The 19-year-old, who can operate as a left-back or as a left-winger, did not start the match, but the teenager came on as a substitute for Joe Willock in the 57th minute.

The England international had a very good chance when he raced through, only to be denied by Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

However, the youngster had to be substituted after a challenge that appeared to connect with his knee.

Arsenal manager Arteta has said that the challenge left the teenager in pain, and that the North London club plan to assess the injury.

Arteta told Arsenal’s official website about Saka: “He was in pain. We’re going to have to assess with the medical staff how bad it is, but it looked like a pretty bad challenge and he was in pain so we decided to take him out straight away.”

Fingers crossed

Saka, praised by former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg for his performance against Leeds, has developed into a very important player for Arsenal.

The Gunners will hope that the injury suffered by the youngster is not serious and that he is able to take to the pitch soon.

According to WhoScored, the teenager has made six starts and one substitute appearance in the Premier League and has played twice in the Europa League for Arsenal so far this season.

 

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