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Mikel Arteta provides Bukayo Saka injury update after Arsenal’s 5-0 victory against Nottingham Forest

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he is hopeful Bukayo Saka’s injury during the Nottingham Forest match will not rule him out of the 2022 World Cup. 

The 21-year-old started well in the home encounter as he set up Gabriel Martinelli for the opening goal.

However, he was forced off the field in the 27th minute after picking up a knock, with Reiss Nelson replacing him. 

Nelson made a huge impact in the game, bagging two goals and an assist in the second half. The Gunners went on to win by an emphatic 5-0 scoreline. 

However, the result came at a significant cost for the Londoners as Saka sustained an injury, sparking fears the young forward could miss the World Cup. 

But Arteta says he is hopeful the English footballer’s injury will not rule him out of the prestigious tournament in Qatar

He said (as per football.london): “Hopefully not. It was a bad kick.

“Right from the beginning he was limping, but I don’t see any further than that. Let’s see how he is in the next couple of days.”


Saka has been a key member of the Gunners team this season. He has played in every match across all competitions, netting five goals and four assists. 

He has averaged 2.3 shots, 1.9 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game in the English top-flight this season (as per WhoScored). 

The England international has made huge progress in the last few years. He has been named the club’s player of the season for the last two seasons. 

The talented forward is highly rated for his crossing, key passes and finishing ability. 

Losing Saka to injury is a big blow for Arsenal who are currently aiming to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title. 

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