Mikel Arteta confirms Bukayo Saka injury blow after Arsenal’s win over Tottenham, The 19-year-old winger, who has been one of the Gunners’ best players so far this season, was withdrawn at half-time, with Nicolas Pepe taking his place.
And Arteta has explained that the youngster felt an issue with his hamstring – but does not yet know how long he will be out for.
When asked whether Saka was taken off for tactical reasons, Arteta replied: “No, it was an injury. We don’t know yet (how serious it is).
“He was feeling his hamstring so we don’t know how bad it is.”
Saka’s injury was one of the only negative points in what was a hugely positive day for Arsenal, with Arteta picking up his first win in a North London Derby as a manager.
And the Spaniard continued: “We had a really strong performance right from the beginning, we created many chances and went a goal down with their first shot.
“But I love the reaction of the team, we stayed composed and in the end we won the game. Scoring before half-time was really important as it put us in a good position for the second half.
“We scored the second goal, we got a bit nervy in the final 10 minutes and that is one of the things we need to improve as a team.”
Arsenal remain in tenth place in the Premier League after the win, but are now just five points behind sixth-placed Everton as they kept alive their hopes of European qualification for next season.
Next they turn their attentions back to Europa League football as they take on Olympiacos in the second leg of their last-16 tie on Thursday before facing high-flying London rivals West Ham on Sunday.