Arsenal confirm huge injury boost for Mikel Arteta ahead of West Ham United clash
Winger Bukayo Saka is fit and available for selection for Arsenal’s London derby with West Ham United at London Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the club said.
Saka, who was named in England from Gareth Southgate team for the Triple Head of the Three Lions in the upcoming international break, missed Thursday night’s 1-0 defeat to Olympiacos in the UEFA Europa League with a hamstring problem.
While the issue was not deemed too serious, Saka was not risked by Gunners manager Mikel. Arteta.
However, the winger, who has been the club’s star this season, is set to make his comeback against top-flight Hammers David Moyes.
Arsenal have confirmed Saka ‘responded well to treatment’ meaning he was able to train before the gunners“Short jump through the capital on Sunday.
News of Saka’s availability will be a huge boost for Arteta and Arsenal supporters as they set off in search of a second successive Premier League victory, following the North London Derby triumph last Sunday on Tottenham Hotspur.
Saka has been a mainstay of Arteta’s squad this season, racking up 34 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals.
As Saka is set to make his comeback against the Hammers, Arsenal face anxious wait on the fitness of his fellow winger Willian, who has found form in recent matches.
Like Saka, Willian missed the clash with Olympiacos and is set to be assessed ahead of the trip to the London stadium as he continues to recover from a tight calf issue.
If Willian misses, Arteta does not lack coverage in the great outdoors, with Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli and Saka are all capable of playing this role.