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Mikel Arteta Updates On Bukayo Saka Injury Fears Against Oxford

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed Bukayo Saka has no major injury concern despite as he was subtitles before the final of the game against Oxford United.

Saka named named on the Line-up in the FA Cup Third round but the England international was forced off with 15 minutes remaining with a possible knee injury.

Arsenal are about to start a tough run of fixtures as they play Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday before facing Manchester United and then Manchester City in the FA Cup fourth round.

Arteta has confirmed that Saka should be available for Arsenal’s north London derby this weekend, despite his injury on Monday.

 

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Arteta asked about Saka’s injury after the game, on ITV:

‘He’s fine.’

Arteta also praised  the energetic Fabio Vieira following his two assists in Arsenal’s win over Oxford.

‘He has the quality.’ ‘He is a really creative player and he can decide games in the final third. He made a difference.

‘The contribution of the subs was important as well to change the dynamic of the game.’

Arsenal are still desperate to sign shaktar Donetsk play maker Mudryk as the Gunner are looking to strengthen their midfielder.

Bukayo Saka: “One Of My Biggest Regrets Was That I Haven’t Met Arsene Wenger”

Bukayo Saka has revealed his biggest regrets is not meeting Arsene Wenger.

Saka is now his country’s joint-top scorer at the World Cup overcoming his Euros heartbreak and the subsequent racist abuse he faced on social media in 2021.

The 21- years old revealed how Thierry Henry reached out to him after missing a penalty in the Euro 2020 final shootout.

Legendary Gunners striker Henry reached out to boyhood fan Saka after the incident.

Saka, who proudly followed Arsenal since joining the academy aged 7, would also reveal how one of his biggest regrets is not meeting Arsenal’s greatest-ever manager Arsene Wenger.

 

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Salah:

“One of my biggest regrets was that I haven’t met Arsene Wenger.”

“I know how much my dad loves him, how much everyone at the club loves him.

“I know what he has done for the club, of course.

We had so many other French players too like Thierry Henry and Robert Pires who have been around the club and helped me.

“Thierry called me [after I missed the penalty in the Euro 2020 final].

He showed a lot of character to get my number and reach out to me.

“After most Arsenal games, he reaches out to me and he is still passionate about the club. He is an amazing person.

They still support me to this day. I am grateful to them.

“Of course, on the pitch, they were magnificent and won silverware for Arsenal. They are legends.”

Arsenal’s connection to France continues with defender William Saliba called up to Didier Deschamps’s squad.

After being asked about the threat that the World Cup’s top scorer poses to England over the weekend, Saka was asked to name France’s next-best player.

Saka:

“I like William Saliba! No, of course, they have so many players. I could name a few.

“I like Ousmane Dembele, I think he is really good.

They have so many quality players so we have to be ready for all of them in their own way.”

Confirmed England Squad Jersey Numbers For World Cup As Bukayo Saka Wears No17

England have announced their squad numbers for the World Cup, as Salah wears No17

Southgate named his squad for the tournament last week, with the big news that James Maddison, who made his first and only international appearance three years ago.

Callum Wilson beat the likes of Ivan Toney and Tammy Abraham to a place in the 26-man squad and will fly out with the rest of the

England contingent on Tuesday morning, as the pre-tournament preparations go up a notch.

The Newcastle striker has been given the number 24, while Arsenal defender Ben White,

so impressive at right-back for the Gunners, will have 21 on his shirt.

Jack Grealish has been given the number 7 shirt and will hope that bodes well for his hopes of being a regular in the starting lineup, with Phil Foden No20 and Bukayo Saka No17.

 

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There are no surprises with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, as the pair are given the number nine and ten shirts respectively.

England squad numbers in full:

1 – Jordan Pickford

2 – Kyle Walker

3 – Luke Shaw

4 – Declan Rice

5 – John Stones

6 – Harry Maguire

7 – Jack Grealish

8 – Jordan Henderson

9 – Harry Kane

10 – Raheem Sterling

11 – Marcus Rashford

12 – Kieran Trippier

13 – Nick Pope

14 – Kalvin Phillips

15 – Eric Dier

16 – Conor Coady

17 – Bukayo Saka

18 – Trent Alexander-Arnold

19 – Mason Mount

20 – Phil Foden

21 – Ben White

22 – Jude Bellingham

23 – Aaron Ramsdale

24 – Callum Wilson

25 – James Maddison

26 – Conor Gallagher

England wil get their Group B campaign underway on November 21, before matches against the USA and Wales as the Three Lions look to secure qualification and a place in the last 16.

Injury Boost As Bukayo Saka Coould Feature Against Chelsea On Sunday

Injury boost for England and Arsenal as Bukayo Saka could be fit to play against Chelsea on Sunday with the optimistic he has not suffered a serious injury.

Saka provided an assist just four minutes into the game but was forced off inside half an hour during Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing of Nottingham Forest.

After initially receiving treatment following a heavy challenge from Renan Lodi he was brought off 10 minutes later,

heading straight down the tunnel with his replacement Reiss Nelson going onto score twice in the second-half.

 

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Arsenal are still monitoring the injury but the signs have been encouraging, with Saka leaving the Emirates without the need of crutches or a protective boot on Sunday evening, according to The Sun.

The England star is not expected to feature when Arsenal take on FC Zurich in their final Europa League group game on Thursday.

But the report adds he could be involved at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.

Arsenal and England still face a nervous wait to learn the full extent of Saka’s knock.

The Three Lions officially begin their World Cup campaign against Iran on 21 November.

But Gunners manager Mikel Arteta also struck a slightly more positive note when giving an update on his player most-match.

Hopefully not [the World Cup in doubt],’ Arteta told a press conference.

‘It was a bad kick, he was limping but I don’t see it further than that. Both foot and ankle, he got kicked a few times.’

Saka has played in every Premier League match this season with Arteta recently dismissing concerns about the youngster’s gametime,

insisting he would have no qualms in him playing 70 games this season.

‘Look at the top players in the world, they play 70 matches, every three days and make the difference and win the game,’ Arteta said after the 1-0 win over PSV earlier this month.

‘You want to be at the top, you have to be able to do that.

And if we start to put something different in the mind of a young player, I think we are making a huge mistake because then [he would] be like ‘no, I don’t play now, on astroturf I don’t play.

‘I don’t want that. I want them to be ruthless every three days. I want them knocking on my door (saying) ‘I want to play, I want to win the game.’

Bukayo Saka Injury Updates: As England Face Nervous Wait

Bukayo Saka sustain injury in yesterday clash with Nottingham Forest as Arsenal thrashed the newly promoted team by 5-0.

The England winger were able to assist Gabriel Martinelli Arsenal first goal before he was replaced by Nelson.

Arsenal hope to have a clearer picture of Bukayo Saka’s fitness by the middle of the week after he suffered a World Cup injury scare yesterday.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said Saka suffered injuries to both his foot and ankle.

The 21-year-old was due to report Arsenal’s London Colney training ground today to be assessed by the club.

Saka is expected to be a key part of the England squad in Qatar and, with just 21 days until the start of the World Cup, his fitness will be a concern for Gareth Southgate.

 

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Asked if Saka’s World Cup might be in doubt, Arteta said:

“Hopefully not. It was a bad kick. Right from the beginning, he was limping, but I don’t see any further than that.”

Saka did not appear to be in much discomfort as he left Emirates Stadium yesterday.

He looked to be walking freely and he visited the players’ lounge, before heading home.

But Southgate will be nervously waiting to learn the outcome of any diagnosis.

Southgate is due to name his final 26-man World Cup squad on November 10 before the England squad fly out to Qatar in two weeks’ time, ahead of their first match against Iran on November 21.

Arsenal face Zurich at home on Thursday but is unlikely Saka would be risked in that game anyway, with Arsenal only needing to match PSV’s result to top their Europa League group.

Arteta was optimistic yesterday that Saka had not suffered any serious damage and eased fears he could miss the World Cup.

Saka was injured in the opening minutes of yesterday’s win over Forest when he was on the receiving end of a heavy challenge and he was then caught by another forceful tackle.

He initially carried on, with Arsenal’s head of medical services Gary O’Driscoll watching his movements from the technical area.

But Saka was struggling to run freely and O’Driscoll and Arteta could be seen in discussion, before the latter motioned for the player to go down and then come off.

Saka went straight down the tunnel for treatment and did not take his place on the bench.

His replacement Reiss Nelson was the star of the show as Arsenal thrashed Forest to move back above Manchester City to the top of the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta Updates Bukayo Saka Injury Scare

Bukayo Saka pick up injury in the win over PSV but Arsenal boss confirmed the England winger got a kick.

Bukayo Saka played almost the full 90 minutes as the Gunners secured their place in the Europa League knockout stages, thanks to Granit Xhaka’s goal in a 1-0 win at the Emirates Stadium.

The England forward had missed just 179 minutes of club football this season before the game.

He appeared to have picked up a knock midthrough the second half after firing a shot wide.

Saka was visibly limping for a number of minutes, but watched on has both Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus were substituted before him.

 

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Asked about Saka’s injury, the Arteta confirmed:

“Yeah he got a kick, he was limping a little bit, but hopefully he will be all right.”

With the World Cup kicking off in two months, Saka’s form and fitness will continue to be closely monitored by England supporters.

The 21-year-old has scored five goals in his 14 appearances so far this season and Arteta insists he has no qualms in playing Saka at every opportunity.

Arteta:

“Look at the top players in the world, they play 70 matches, every three days and make the difference and win the game.”

“You want to be at the top, you have to be able to do that.

And if we start to put something different in the mind of a young player, I think we are making a huge mistake because then [he would] be like ‘no, I don’t play now, on astroturf I don’t play’.

“I don’t want that. I want them to be ruthless every three days. I want them knocking on my door (saying) ‘I want to play, I want to win the game’.

“There is no fitness coach in the world that is going to tell me that they cannot do it, because I’ve seen it.

72 games and scored 50 goals. The players that score 50 goals do not play 38 games in the season, it’s just impossible.”

Arsenal looking forward to weekend match against southampton with hope to extend the fine form of the season

Mikel Arteta Believed Bukayo Saka Will Pen New Arsenal Contract

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed that it is only a ‘matter of time’ before Bukayo Saka signs a new Arsenal contract.

Saka has emerged as a key player for his boyhood side in recent seasons and enjoyed his best campaign yet last time out.

The England international featured in each of Arsenal’s 38 Premier League games and registered 11 goals and seven assists.

Saka’s current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the Gunners are keen to extend his contract amid interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Quizzed about Saka’s future on Sunday, Arteta revealed that he was confident that negotiations would be smooth.

 

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Arteta:

“We will try. We both have the same intention. It’s a matter of time.”

Arsenal are indeed pushing Saka hard to sign a new deal, the forward is in no rush to extend terms.

The club are not immediately concerned about his future but would prefer to have a deal sewn up by the end of the summer.

Should this not be possible, negotiations will continue into the 2022/23 season.

Arteta was speaking after his side’s pre-season victory over Everton in Baltimore on Sunday.

Saka performed well in the fixture, latching onto Gabriel Jesus‘ clever pass to score his side’s second goal in a 2-0 win.

Arsenal’s pre-season preparations ramp up over the coming days with friendlies against Orlando City, Chelsea and Sevilla ahead of their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on Friday 5 August.

2021/22 Men's PFA Young Player Of The Year Nominees Revealed

The nominees for the 2021/22 men’s PFA Young Player of the Year award have been revealed, with the shortlist made up entirely of Englishmen.

Phil Foden – winner of last year’s award – is the headline name having played a key role in Man City’s second consecutive Premier League title win in 2021/22.

The versatile attacker is joined by impressive Arsenal duo Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, who both shone as the Gunners secured

a return to European football for next season – although they fell short of a Champions League place.

 

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Chelsea’s Reece James is included despite missing a large portion of the season through injury.

Fellow Blues academy graduate Conor Gallagher is also on the list following a breakthrough campaign on loan with Crystal Palace.

Aston Villa midfielder Jacob Ramsey completes the list having shown flashes of brilliance in the first team this season,

although he will be considered an outsider for this prize.

2021/22 PFA Young Player of the Year nominees

  1. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
  2. Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace)
  3. Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal)
  4. Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa)
  5. Phil Foden (Man City)
  6. Reece James (Chelsea)

Dennis Bergkamp Heaps Praise On Arsenal Duo

Former Arsenal player Dennis Bergkamp has hailed young duo Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.

The Gunners made it two Premier League wins on the bounce by beating Manchester United 3-1 at home on Saturday.

Nuno Tavares, Saka and Granit Xhaka all got on the scoresheet for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Cristiano Ronaldo reached 100 Premier League goals for the visitors, but a poor performance from most of his team-mates helped Arsenal to victory.

The result took the Gunners back into the top four on 60 points.

And they have two points more than rivals Tottenham thanks to their goalless draw with Brentford later on Saturday.

Bergkamp and Thierry Henry were in attendance during Arsenal’s most recent win.

After the game, they spoke to academy graduates Saka and Smith Rowe.

 

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Bergkamp said:

“We learned a lot from the English guys. They know what English football means.

“They know what Arsenal means, and you guys know that as well. So if you bring that to the team, fantastic.

“You know that aggression, that passion. That’s what I like about you. You can tell you’re English guys.”

 

And they were not the only Arsenal players to pick up praise over the weekend.

Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny put in another top display, just like he did against Chelsea.

The 29-year-old is proving to be a reliable player for Arteta whenever he is called Elneny…

During an appearance on Match of the Day, Lan Wright was asked about the team’s performance.

Lan said:

“Xhaka was magnificent, [Martin] Odegaard did his stuff again, but Elneny…

“For someone that last played before Chelsea in December.

He came in today – dependable, professional, he never lets the team down.

“He had the most passes today and the most interceptions, he just gets himself in the right position.

“He’s the kind of player, he wants to pass forward. He’s somebody who kept the ball going and kept Arsenal going.”

Mohamed Elneny’s contract runs out at the end of the season.

There have been rumours of a transfer away from north London, but he could end up penning a new deal…

Injury Updates: Bukayo Saka & Aaron Ramsdale

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed Bukayo Saka has returned to first-team training, but Aaron Ramsdale has not and is a doubt to face Crystal Palace.

The Gunners travel to Selhurst Park on Monday night as they continue their search for a top-four finish,

but could head into the game having dropped to fifth place if rivals Tottenham beat Newcastle by two or more goals on Sunday.

Prior to the international break, starting goalkeeper Ramsdale picked up a hip injury, while star winger Saka tested positive for Covid-19 after joining up with the England squad.

Arteta was quizzed on the duo’s availability ahead of Monday’s crunch clash.

 

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Arteta:

“Bukayo is feeling good. He’s training today hopefully and Aaron it’s a doubt.”

“[Ramsdale] hasn’t trained yet so we don’t know what he’ll be able to do on Monday.

He wanted to play against Aston Villa [before the international break] but it was a significant injury and he had to take his time and the physios are doing everything they can.”

 

Meanwhile, Palace boss Patrick Vieira has revealed Wilfried Zaha and Michael Olise could both be fit to face Arsenal despite picking up injuries while on international duty.

Zaha was ruled out of Ivory Coast’s friendly with England with a hamstring problem,

while Olise returned from France Under-21 duty with a foot injury.