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Saka injury ‘a worry’ for Arsenal

 Mikel Arteta said Bukayo Saka’s latest injury is ‘a worry’ – but does not regret picking him to play in Arse­nal’s 2-1 Champions League defeat at Lens.

Saka set up Gabriel Jesus’ goal, but went off with a muscular prob­lem in the 34th minute as his side lost for the first time this season.

“We don’t know anything more,” said Arteta.

“It was big enough not to allow him to continue to play the game and that’s a worry for us.”

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Saka, 22, had started his side’s past two games before being with­drawn with injury concerns – and is now a doubt for Sunday’s crucial Premier League game with cham­pions, Manchester City, at Emirates Stadium.

But asked whether he regretted picking Saka against Lens, Arsenal boss, Arteta, said: “No. It was a knock that he had the other day and he was perfectly fine.

“It was a back heel, an action that can produce that kind of injury. He tried to back heel a ball in the first half and felt something muscular. He felt uncomfortable to carry on so we had to take him off.

“He hasn’t really missed games. We gave him a break against Brentford [in the Carabao Cup] last week and that was all.”

England forward, Saka, has been an ever-present in Arsenal’s side and has started 87 consecutive league games.

So much of the Gunners’ attack­ing play goes through Saka that it was no surprise their tempo and energy significantly reduced against Lens following his departure, and they slipped to a disappointing loss in Group B.

Arteta will not want to lose such a key figure for the visit of Pep Guardiola’s City, who lead the Premier League by one point from Tottenham and Arsenal. —BBC

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