Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta gives Bukayo Saka injury update ahead of Aston Villa clash

Arsenal escaped a shock home defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday night as Alexandre Lacazette struck with the last kick of the game to secure a 2-2 draw against Patrick Vieira’s side.

Palace came from a goal behind to lead at the Emirates for a large part of the second half, before Lacazette scored deep into stoppage time to extend Mikel Arteta’s unbeaten run.

After losing 5-0 to Manchester City at the end of August, Arsenal have beaten Norwich City, Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur, and drawn to Brighton in the Premier League, before hanging on to a point against Palace on MNF last time out.

Arteta’s side however, now face a quick turnaround before their next league fixtures, as Aston Villa travel to the capital for Friday Night Football in search of putting their late collapse against Wolves right.

Dean Smith’s side let a 2-0 lead slip in the final 15 minutes of the match to lose the game in an extraordinary fashion at Villa Park.

Ahead of Friday’s nights clash, Arsenal boss Arteta will be sweating on the fitness of Bukayo Saka.

Saka was fouled by Palace midfielder James McArthur in the draw on Monday night and had to come off the pitch at half-time.

After the game, Arteta said of the foul: “Bukayo could not continue we had to take him off at half time. I saw the action and I cannot believe how the player continued on the pitch.”

Asked if Saka would be fit for Friday night’s clash against Villa, Arteta responded: “I don’t know.

“See how it evolves. He could not continue and he’s a boy who’s pretty tough and he wants to keep playing and he could not carry on.

“We have a quick turnaround for the next game so we’ll see how he evolves.”

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