Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has conceded that Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe presence still on doubts for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.
Saka needed to pull out from England obligation due to a hamstring issue and has since been going through treatment at London Colney, while Smith Rowe’s experience with the Under-21s was hampered by a hip issue.
The two players are not conveying genuine wounds, yet Arteta has uncovered that both Saka and Smith Rowe are not guaranteed to be available for the end of the week’s game with the Champion at the Emirates
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Speaking to reporters at a press conference, the Arsenal manager said: “[Saka] hasn’t trained with the team yet. He’s been doing some individual work. We had to pull him out of the England squad unfortunately. He’s feeling better, but he hasn’t trained with the team yet.”
Asked about Smith Rowe, Arteta replied: “He had discomfort with his hip and that’s why [England] decided to keep him out. We will see today how he is when we will speak with the doctors and the physios, and we will see if he is available for training tomorrow.”
The Gunners currently occupy ninth spot in the Premier League table before their showdown with Liverpool, and a nine-point gap separates them from the Champions League places.
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