Bukayo Saka: Arsenal boss Arteta hopeful 19-year-old's wing-back's injury not severe

Bukayo Saka: Arsenal boss Arteta hopeful 19-year-old's wing-back's injury not severe

- Bukayo Saka was substituted during Arsenal's win over Brighton at AMEX Stadium

- The 19-year-old had a hand in the only goal that propelled the Gunners to victory in the game

- Mikel Arteta has now given an update on the player's situation after failing to complete the game

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is confident Bukayo Saka will not be out for a longer period after picking up an injury during his side's 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the AMEX Stadium.

The 19-year-old played an important role in the Gunners' second consecutive victory after assisting Alexandre Lacazette's lone strike in the 66th minute.

Having already provided the assist for the North Londoners' only goal, the wing-back was forced out of the pitch nine minutes to the end of the game and was replaced by Daniel Ceballos.

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Although it is unsure the extent of the player's injury, the manager believes he will bounce back in time during his post-match interview. Arteta said:

Bukayo Saka: Arsenal boss Arteta hopeful 19-year-old's wing-back's injury not severe
Bukayo Saka being checked out by Arsenal medicals after picking up an injury during Brighton's win. Photo by Neil Hall - Pool.
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”He took a strong challenge, but hopefully he will be fine."

Meanwhile, Arsenal have moved seven points clear of the relegation zone as they currently sit 13th on the table with 20 points after 16 rounds of matches.

This is coming on the back of their victories over Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion barely four days apart.

It will also help reduce the pressure on the Spanish-born manager whose job has been under threat due to a poor run of results in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, the former midfielder wants everyone to be patient with the England international and allow him to develop at his own pace. He said:

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"I would like everybody to be cautious, let him be and let him develop. I think he's having the right progression. I think he has the right people around him in his house, in his entourage.
"And he's got the right team-mates as well to support him all the time, giving him confidence and keeping his feet on the floor.
"Then hopefully we can be the right coaches around him and the right club to see the player that he can be in the future."

Saka has scored twice and assisted one other goal in 14 EPL matches so far this season and it is left to be seen when he will back from his recent setback.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Arsenal continued their resurgence in the Premier League with a second victory on the bounce after a narrow 1-0 win over a determined Brighton and Hove Albion.

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Substitute Alexandre Lacazzette’s cool finish from a Bukayo Saka cross was all the Gunners needed to exert the perfect revenge on the Seagulls, who have emerged victorious in their past two encounters.

Mikel Arteta sought to build on the 3-1 victory against Chelsea on boxing day but had to endure his side’s slow start as Brighton began the game on the front foot.

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