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Arteta gives update on Saka and Aubameyang

The only blot on an otherwise excellent evening in Sheffield was the late injury suffered by Bukayo Saka.

Mikel Arteta is hopeful that he won’t be added to the current injury list, which saw Kieran Tierney, David Luiz, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all ruled out of the weekend’s game.

With our must-win trip to Slavia Prague coming up on Thursday, the boss was asked about the state of our squad going in to that game.

Here's what he said:

On the injury to Bukayo Saka...
I don't know. He had to come off. He had discomfort in his thigh and it's the last thing that we need because we're missing some big players at the moment and we don't want to lose another one. Hopefully, it's not that serious. 

On the current injury problems...
Yes [I feel unlucky]. I don't know the extent [of Bukayo's injury]. I think for certain David will be out. Kieran will be out and then with Martin, we don't know yet. Bukayo, we'll see how he develops in the next few days.

on if Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard could be fit...
I don't know, I want to think yes but if I'm honest, I don't know. 

On whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be back for Thursday…
I hope so yes. He was unwell yesterday, he could not train, he could not be available today but hopefully in the next day or two he will be feeling better and he will be available to get picked.

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