Mikel Arteta Faces More Injury Woes as Star Players Join Growing List of Casualties
In a bittersweet victory for Arsenal in the Champions League at the Emirates last night, manager Mikel Arteta confirmed that not only did Bukayo Saka sustain an injury but also Takehiro Tomiyasu ‘felt something’ during the match against Sevilla.
The Gunners secured a comfortable win against Sevilla with goals from Leandro Trossard and Saka, but the joy of the triumph is overshadowed by concerns over the fitness of two key players. With an already extensive injury list, Arteta faces additional challenges as Saka and Tomiyasu may have joined the ranks of sidelined players.
Already without the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe, Thomas Partey, and Jurrien Timber, Arsenal faced Sevilla with a depleted squad. Despite the absentees, the team managed to dominate and secure the victory, but it may have come at a significant cost.
Bukayo Saka's goal against Sevilla from this angle pic.twitter.com/80bKwYEvwX— 𝕏elorm (@selormafc) November 9, 2023
Saka limped off the pitch in the second half, appearing to have sustained an ankle injury. Tomiyasu also had to be withdrawn at half-time after feeling discomfort, compounding Arsenal’s injury worries.
Explaining the decision to substitute Tomiyasu, Arteta stated, “Yeah, he had some discomfort in the first half, and we didn’t want to take any risks. He has played a lot of minutes, and obviously having Alex [Zinchenko] on the bench ready to come in, I think it was the right decision.”
Arsenal has been plagued by injuries throughout the season, with key attacking players such as Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, and now Saka missing games due to various fitness issues. The absence of Jesus, who is still recovering from a hamstring problem, poses a significant setback.
Arsenal fans are anxiously awaiting updates on Saka’s condition, hoping for a swift recovery ahead of the upcoming game on Saturday. Tomiyasu, who has impressed in recent performances, adds to the concern given his history of injury troubles. Gunners supporters will be hoping that his half-time substitution was merely a precautionary measure, and he will be fit for the weekend clash against Burnley.
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