Think Bukayo Saka got kicked few times but hopefully it’s not serious, admits Mikel Arteta
In light of Bukayo Saka’s injury, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed that he hopes it isn’t a serious injury that could force the attacker to miss the World Cup. The Spaniard also praised his side’s performance against Nottingham Forest as he believes they had to respond against a tough side.
While Arsenal strolled through against Nottingham Forest, beating Steve Cooper’s side 5-0 on the night, Arsenal and England fans alike were more concerned about Bukayo Saka. The young attacker had to be replaced barely 27 minutes into the fixture after a series of kicks and a heavy challenge from Renan Lodi saw him struggle to continue. That has put Saka’s place at the World Cup in doubt with more than a few people worried about England’s future.
However, Mikel Arteta has assuaged those fears and instead admitted that he is hopeful that Saka’s injury isn’t that serious for the 21-year-old to miss the World Cup. The Arsenal boss also added that the forward was “kicked a few times” but despite that, he didn’t see anything too seriously wrong with him.
“Hopefully not. It was a bad kick right from the beginning and he (Bukayo Saka) was limping. But I didn’t see anything further than that so let’s see how he is in the next couple of days. I think he got kicked a few times,” Arteta said, reported the Guardian.
The Gunners have endured a tough run of form recently with a 1-1 draw against Southampton followed by a limp 2-0 defeat to PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League. However, they responded strongly with a big win over Nottingham Forest but Arteta asserted that they had to do exactly that against a tough opponent.
“Big teams have to respond and we did that after the disappointment of Thursday night. Not only physically and mentally, but we also had to be ready against a team that beat Liverpool,” he added.