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Team news: Latest on Saka, Kolasinac, Xhaka

Bukayo Saka
Bukayo Saka

Mikel Arteta has revealed the latest team news ahead of Thursday night's match against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Our manager provided updates on Granit Xhaka, Sead Kolasinac and Bukayo Saka - and this is what he told the media:


on the latest team news…

Granit is still not ready, Kolasinac is still not ready, we have a doubt with Bukayo and another few knocks we got against Newcastle so today is the day to assess how everyone is and if they will be fit for tomorrow and then make the decision on the squad.


on Saka…

I am hopeful but we don’t know. Obviously it’s a really short turnaround and the player has to be comfortable playing with a little injury, so let’s see how he is in training.


on whether he thinks Saka could play...

Well, we're not going to risk our players if we believe that that can obviously go against us. Playing with an injury means that he may have to leave the pitch and when someone has to leave the pitch, I believe that he's injured, even though he's willing to continue. That injury can be 24 hours, 72 hours or a year. Bukayo is really willing. He's been preparing for the last two days because he wants to play and let's see how he is.

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