Arsenal faced another injury concern on Saturday afternoon as Bukayo Saka was forced off during their commanding 4-0 win against AFC Bournemouth. Mikel Arteta’s squad showcased a dominant performance at the Vitality Stadium, extending their unbeaten start to the season.
The victory propelled Arsenal to second place in the table, trailing only one point behind leaders Manchester City. First-half goals from Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard, followed by Kai Havertz’s inaugural goal for the club from the penalty spot, and a late injury-time goal from defender Ben White, secured the convincing win.
However, the celebratory mood was dampened as fans anxiously awaited updates on Bukayo Saka’s fitness. The winger, who endured a series of challenges during the match, was substituted in the 76th minute after sustaining an injury. Saka, reinstated into Arteta’s XI after missing the Carabao Cup win against Brentford, left the field with the club physio, Simon Murphy, after going down from a tackle.
The decision to include the English international in the starting lineup, a move that divided supporter opinions, might now have consequences for Arteta if Saka’s injury turns out to be significant. As the player limped off the pitch, the severity of the injury remained unclear. Arsenal will be anxiously awaiting further assessments to determine the extent of Saka’s setback and the potential impact on the team’s upcoming fixtures.
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