Mikel Arteta gives Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus injury update amid Arsenal concern

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has given a Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus injury update as the pair struggled during the Gunners' 4-0 win against Bournemouth

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal leaves the pitch after an injury during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on September 30, 2023 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
Bukayo Saka limped off with an injury during Arsenal's 4-0 win over Bournemouth. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has provided the latest on Bukayo Saka's injury after he was forced to come off during Arsenal's 4-0 win over Bournemouth. The England international came into the game as a doubt after hobbling off during the 2-2 draw Tottenham last Sunday following a blow to his foot.

Despite missing the Carabao Cup win over Bournemouth he was still able to start this match and even scored the opening goal. However, midway through the second half with Arsenal three goals up Saka went down after being caught by the follow through while trying to block a shot from Milos Kerkez.

The 22-year-old attempted to solider on for a while but could barely walk before limping to defend a cross. He was then eventually being replaced by Fabio Vieira.

Saka was not the only injury concern on the day for Arsenal. Gabriel Jesus also appeared to pick up an injury late on in the game after the Gunners had made all five of their substitutions.

Jesus went down close to the Bournemouth goal and waited to receive treatment, but the game was restated before the Arsenal physio could enter the pitch. Noticing the game had restarted Jesus then hopped up before jogging gingerly back towards his own half to help defend.

Now Arteta has provided the latest on both players in his post-match press conference. "I don't yet as I haven't had a chance to speak to him," the Spaniard said when asked about Saka's injury and whether it was in the same area as the Spurs one. "I think it was a stamp in the same area but Gabi was limping as well after the game so let's see how they are."

Arsenal are dealing with several injury concerns as they prepare to travel to Lens on Tuesday night in the Champions League. The Gunners have been without Gabriel Martinelli since he injured his hamstring against Everton, while Leandro Trossard was an unused sub in the win over Bournemouth following a hamstring injury of his own. Declan Rice is still thought to be dealing with some discomfort in his back despite starting at the Vitality Stadium, while Thomas Partey and Jurrien Timber are both longer term absentees.

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