Arsenal to assess Bukayo Saka’s fitness ahead of Aston Villa clash following injury against Palace

Arsenal to assess Bukayo Saka’s fitness ahead of Friday’s Aston Villa clash after winger came off injured during Crystal Palace after strong James McArthur challenge which Mikel Arteta STILL believes warranted a red card

  • Arsenal are assessing whether Bukayo Saka will be fit for Friday’s Aston Villa tie 
  • Saka came off at half-time versus Crystal Palace after James McArthur’s tackle
  • The Palace midfielder swiped Saka’s legs instead of connecting with the ball 
  • Mikel Arteta still believes McArthur should have seen red for the strong tackle
  • Saka has not trained since the incident and is a doubt for Friday’s league clash 











Arsenal will assess Bukayo Saka on Thursday after he was forced off against Crystal Palace with a calf injury.

Winger Saka came off at half-time after a controversial challenge, late challenge from Palace midfielder James McArthur which Mikel Arteta insisted should have resulted in a red card.

Ahead of Arsenal’s return to action against Aston Villa on Friday night manager Arteta said: ‘We have two or three players that finished the game with some issues and we have to review them today. He (Saka) hasn’t trained yet so we have to assess him today and see how he is.

Arsenal will assess the fitness of Bukayo Saka (left) ahead of Friday’s match with Aston Villa

Crystal Palace James McArthur (right) avoided a red card after chopping down Saka

Crystal Palace James McArthur (right) avoided a red card after chopping down Saka

‘I am not a betting man and it is down to the doctors and himself to see how he recovers and how is training between today and tomorrow. He is very important and he has shown how important he is for the team.’

McArthur wiped Saka out as he prepared to shoot in Monday’s 2-2 draw, ending up making contact hefty and painful contact with the Arsenal man rather than the ball.

McArthur was booked and Arteta said: ‘We had communication with the referees and the association to try to explain why they didn’t intervene in that action when the explanation we had from the start of the season was that they would.

‘When there is an obvious error there they have to take action and they didn’t. There are actions that determine a football match and a result and for me it is not acceptable.’

Arteta was adamant that McArthur should have been sent off for the tackle that injured Saka

Arteta was adamant that McArthur should have been sent off for the tackle that injured Saka

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