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Arsenal injury updates on Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus and Zinchenko following Liverpool victory

Mikel Arteta has provided updates on the injuries to Bukayo Saka, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Gabriel Jesus following the win against Liverpool

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Arsenal star Bukayo Saka
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has offered reassurance regarding Bukayo Saka’s injury after the young talent was forced off during remarkable 3-1 triumph over Liverpool on Sunday.

Arsenal made a big statement in the race for the Premier League title by beating Liverpool 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Goals from Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard ensured Gabriel Magalhaes’ own goal did not deny the Gunners a much needed win against the league leaders.

The win moves Arsenal closer to the top of the table, with only two points separating them from Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The game did not come without concerns for Arsenal, with Gabriel Jesus missing through injury and Oleksandr Zinchenko and Bukayo Saka leaving the pitch with injuries.

Bukayo Saka was substituted in the 79th minute against Liverpool with a suspected injury (Image credit: Getty Images)

There were concerns over the players’ substitutions but Arteta stated that Saka, who scored the opening goal, should be fine, alleviating fears of a prolonged lay-off.

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Saka, who is a key figure in Arsenal’s recent resurgence, received treatment on his right foot and ankle on the pitch before being substituted about 10 minutes from the end. Despite his early departure, Saka joined his teammates on the bench, later walking onto the pitch to celebrate the victory at full-time.

Speaking at his post-match conference, Arteta expressed optimism about Saka’s condition: “He should be fine, I think.”

In contrast, the news was less positive regarding the fitness of forward Gabriel Jesus and defender Oleksandr Zinchenko. Despite actively participating in preparations for the Liverpool clash, Gabriel Jesus was absent from the matchday squad. 

Arteta revealed that the 26-year-old had experienced a setback in training, related to his knee, marking another episode in a season marred by fitness challenges.

“Unfortunately, he had a setback in training, and he wasn’t fit to play. It’s something related to his knee, but I think it’s a short-term thing,” Arteta explained before the game.

Oleksandr Zinchenko

Oleksandr Zinchenko was withdrawn at half time after feeling pains in his calf (Image credit: Getty Images)

Elaborating on the setback post-match, Arteta added, “With Gabi, we expect it to be some days [off].”

As for Oleksandr Zinchenko, the defender was forced off at half-time during the Liverpool clash, replaced by Jakub Kiwior. Arteta shared concerns about Zinchenko’s fitness, stating, “With Alex, we don’t know. He felt something in his calf again, so we had to take him off.” The uncertainty surrounding Zinchenko’s injury leaves questions about his availability for upcoming fixtures.

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