Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka did pick up injuries in the 4-0 win over Bournemouth at the weekend.
While Jesus finished the game, Saka was taken off with 15 minutes to go and, when asked about the fitness of both players, Arteta replied:
“I think it was a stamp in the same spot as last week [for Saka] but I haven’t had a chance to speak to him yet. Gabriel Jesus was also limping after the game so let’s see how they both are. I am just thinking about how we are going to prepare for Lens and then City will be the next step.”
As Arteta mentions, Saka got caught when Bournemouth’s Milos Kerkez tried to block a shot from the Gunners star. The winger was immediately substituted as a precaution, with Fabio Vieira taking his place.
Jesus, meanwhile, was seen limping after a long run in possession late on in the match against the Cherries. With Arsenal having already made 5 substitutes, the Brazilian international was forced to stay on.
Both injuries did seem like minor issues
It is somewhat concerning that Arteta said that Saka sustained the same knock that he picked up in the North London derby. The 22-year-old was struggling with a foot problem in the build-up to the match at the Vitality Stadium, and it looks like he’ll need to battle through the pain barrier to play. He may not be risked against Lens but you can’t see him missing the clash against City on Sunday.
Jesus looks like he got an impact injury as well so it will be hoped he won’t need much time on the treatment table either.
How many other Arsenal players are sidelined?
Thomas Partey has a groin problem, but there is some optimism that the midfielder could return before the international break.
Gabriel Martinelli is still recovering from a hamstring injury, while Jurrien Timber (ACL) is out for the long term.