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Arteta reveals Saka likely to play against Luton Town after injury scare

Arteta reveals Saka likely to play against Luton Town after

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that England international Bukayo Saka has not copped a serious injury in Sunday's thrilling scoreless draw gainst Mancheter City and has not ruled him out of Wednesday's Premier League meeting against Luton Town, reports Allnews.ng.

The England forward of Nigerian descent was taken off during the high octane game at the Etihad stadium for Gabriel Martinelli and his fitness update as well as that of other players were put forward to the coach in his press conference on Tuesday.

“He’s fine. We haven’t trained, just recovered. We’ll have a short session today to prepare for the game and we’ll see if he’s in the best condition to start or not,” Arteta said of Saka.

On whether this is a good opportunity to rest the Anglo-Nigerian with so many big games to come, Ateta responded thus on the Hale End Academy graduate:

“We’re just thinking about Luton and to prepare in the best possible way to beat them and earn the right to beat them.”

Arteta could go for a tactical switch in the game against Luton with a few players expected to be rested but was not categorical if it means forward Gabrie Martinelli coming to replace Saka in the startng lineup midweek. 

On whether Martinelli is ready to start, Ateta stated:

“He [Martinelli] is because he was ready to play against a really tough opponent three days ago, so he certainly is today. Again, we will train today and see the state of every player and will make the right decision tomorrow.”

Arteta also confirmed that defender Jurrien Timber could play some part in the latter stages of the season after a remarkable improvement from the injury that he sustained on the opening day of the campaign.

The former assistant coach at Manchester City was then asked how his team will approach the Manchester City game.

“We’re going to be needing even more. It’s after two and a half days. [Luton] are in a really good moment – when you see the games that they have played and even when they haven’t won, they’ve been really tough. We have had some extraordinary results against the other two teams that are, at the moment, leading the table. We are not top so that means that we have missed certain points somewhere else and that’s what we have to put the emphasis on now tomorrow. 

On how he’s feeling going into a crucial period of the season:
“I’m really excited. Obviously, the end is coming. Nine games is still a lot and I just embrace the moment, go game by game and make sure we are fully prepared for tomorrow to perform well.”

Arsenal could go back to the top of the Premier League table albeit temporarily with a win against Luton. 

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