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Mikel Arteta provides important injury updates on Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli

Mikel Arteta has provided injury updates on Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli following Arsenal 6-0 victory over Sheffield United.

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Arsenal secured a resounding 6-0 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, maintaining their pursuit of Premier League leaders Liverpool and Manchester City. However, the win came at a cost, with key players Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli forced off the field due to injuries.

Mikel Arteta provided updates on the injured duo after the match. Saka, who appeared uncomfortable after a shot in the first half, was substituted at halftime and replaced by Fabio Vieira. Arteta explained, “Bukayo was feeling sick and he wasn’t feeling right, so we decided to take him off and bring Fabio in.”

Shortly after, Martinelli suffered a blow to his foot while attempting a shot from the edge of the box. Despite initially trying to continue, the Brazilian forward had to be assisted off the field by two physios. Arteta expressed concern, stating, “We had a little issue with Gabi Martinelli. He had a little cut in his foot. We need to see how it is.”

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Despite the setbacks, Arsenal’s attacking prowess was evident as they extended their list of dominant victories, having previously beaten West Ham 6-0 and Burnley 5-0 in recent away games. The Gunners found themselves five goals up at halftime, with Martin Odegaard, an own goal from Jayden Bogle, Gabriel Martinelli, Kai Havertz, and Declan Rice all contributing to the commanding lead.

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Even in the absence of Saka and Martinelli, Arsenal added a sixth goal to their tally as defender White capitalised on Havertz’s precise pass in the box. Although attempts by Kiwior and Jesus were off the mark, the Gunners celebrated the return of Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus, and Fabio Vieira from injury, providing a boost to their squad depth.

The victory places Arsenal within striking distance of the top spot in the Premier League, with the opportunity to go top if they secure a win against Brentford at home on Saturday.

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