Arsenal: Charles Watts provides injury latest on Bukayo Saka amid fitness fears

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Journalist Charles Watts has provided an update on Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka after he picked an injury in the club’s most recent match.

It was very nearly a perfect afternoon for the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Indeed, they cruised to a 5-0 win in the Premier League to return to the top spot.

Two goals from Reiss Nelson and efforts from Gabriel Martinelli, Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard were enough to see Arsenal pick up all three points. However, the day was somewhat spoiled as Saka was forced off early with an injury and didn’t make it to half-time.

While speaking about the possible issue on his YouTube channel, Watts said that the player will be assessed soon and the club will have a clearer understanding of the full extent of the injury.

He explained: “We all watched kind of through our fingers as he limped off yesterday. I can’t tell you right now exactly what the extent of the injury is, I’m afraid, because we don’t know.

“Arsenal are assessing him today. They took him off yesterday, obviously, it was a bad kick to the ankle, to the foot. It would have swelled up, that sort of thing. They wouldn’t have been doing anything there and then yesterday – it’ll all be what happens today.

“They’ll wait for the swelling to go down, then they’re going to assess him; if he needs a scan, he’ll go for a scan. So I think the next couple of days is when we’re going to find out exactly what happens with Bukayo Saka, but today is the day they will first start doing the initial sort of tests to see and determine what sort of damage there is.”

He then added: “He tried to continue – maybe that’s a good sign, maybe it’s not. I don’t know.

“You talk to medical people and they’ve said if he was injured and he ran out and played for another 20 minutes, that’s not going to do it any good whatsoever. But the fact that maybe he felt it was alright – maybe that means it wasn’t that bad an injury. We’ll have to wait to see.”

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When speaking to the press directly after the game, manager Mikel Arteta was unable to provide much clarity on the situation. Indeed, he explained that he was hopeful Saka’s problem wasn’t serious, but admitted that it was a ‘bad kick’ that left him limping and said they’d have to wait and see how it develops.

The Englishman has been vital to his club’s success so far this term. His four league goals and five assists have helped fire Arsenal to the top of the Premier League.

And with the World Cup on the horizon, Gareth Southgate may be sweating over the situation, too. After all, Saka was just named the Three Lions Men’s Player of the Year.

Hopefully, it won’t be a knock that keeps him out for long, but it’ll be a nervous wait for many until we find out the full details.

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