Update regarding Saka: Despite belting out a sumptuous display in the opening half against Crystal Palace, Arsenal was reeled back in as they had to settle for a draw and that too arrived after a late drama from Alexandre Lacazette.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang opened the scoring for the Gunners as they looked well in the course for a remarkable night. The man who engineered Arsenal’s heroics in the opening half was Bukayo Saka, the young English international who is fighting for the Golden Boy Award.
The story of Arsenal against Crystal Palace
Sadly, for Saka, he had to hobble off the pitch and was subbed off at half-time after copping an injury against Palace. This proved to be costly for Arsenal as they seemed clueless in the second half.
Christian Benteke restored parity for Crystal Palace, while Odsonne Edouard surged Palace ahead. Despite having the intensity to fight back, they lacked creativity in the midfield, and this made defending for Arsenal much easier than expected.
Lacazette smashed home in the dying minute of the game to save the blushes for Arsenal. Initially, what seemed like a triumphant night for the Gunners fizzed away to ruins in the second half without Bukayo Saka.
Here is the update regarding Saka and Gabriel Martinelli
Saka’s injury happened when Palace’s James McArthur clattered into him, leaving the Arsenal midfield stripped off its most potent player the other night.
Going by the latest reports, despite copping a kick at the back of his right leg by McArthur, Saka will be available for the Friday night clash against Aston Villa. According to the Sun, Saka has been cleared by the medical staff to resume training with his teammates.
It is extremely imperative for Arteta that Saka plays for Arsenal against Aston Villa because without the English international the team drives on zero creativity.
Gabriel Martinelli’s late appearance against Palace will definitely be a massive sigh of reprieve for Arsenal as he will be available against Aston Villa.