Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted that Bukayo Saka’s injury at this point of the season is a major blow to the side.
Saka was withdrawn during Arsenal's 3-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday and reports suggest that he is a major doubt for the club’s key Europa League quarter-final second leg against Slavia Prague on Thursday.
When asked about Saka by reporters after the game, Arteta said the Englishman felt some discomfort in his thigh and gave an update on some of his players ahead of their next match.
"I don't know, he (Saka) had to come off, he had some discomfort in his thigh. It's the last thing that we need because we're missing some big players at the moment and we don't want to lose another one.
"I don't know the extent. I think for Thursday David (Luiz) will be out, Kieran (Tierney) will be out, Emile (Smith Rowe) and Martin (Odegaard) we don't know yet. And Bukayo we'll see how he will develop in the next few days," Arteta said.
Of Arsenal's outfield players only Granit Xhaka has played more minutes this season than Bukayo Saka.— James Benge (@jamesbenge) April 11, 2021
Mikel Arteta acknowledged the risk of overplaying him last month, the problem is it's hard to play well without one of your best players.