Arsenal suffers a major injury setback against Manchester United as Bukayo Saka limps off.


Bukayo Saka was pulled out in the second half of Arsenal's match against Manchester United due to an injury. Before awkwardly walking off the ground with a club physio, the 20-year-old appeared to request a substitution, which saw him replaced by Rob Holding. 

Before leaving the field, the England international appeared to indicate to his upper leg. The injury's seriousness has yet to be assessed. 

Both teams made numerous defensive errors in an intriguing encounter, but a first Arsenal goal for Nuno Tavares, a Saka penalty, and a Granit Xhaka screamer were enough for the hosts, who had looked jittery after Cristiano Ronaldo's 100th Premier League goal had the visitors back in it. On an afternoon when Ralf Rangnick benched United captain Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes missed a penalty and Diogo Dalot twice hit the woodwork, United failed to capitalise on their time of dominance. 

Martin Keown and Rio Ferdinand both hailed Saka's recent form before the game. "He is a player who keeps on producing," Keown said to BT Sport. When he receives the ball, the amount of stuff he generates, everything happens because of him, and he is a fantastic player. 

"When he plays against opponents, he can embarrass them; he has everything a young player needs." He still talks to a lot of the past players, he loves the club, and when you bring kids through the system, they have that extra link to the club and maybe that extra 10%, and that is exactly what is happening here right now." 

"I think a crucial moment for him this week was the penalty," Ferdinand continued. For someone so young, to pick up the ball and demonstrate that mental power, desire, and will to achieve that, especially after the Euros and the aftermath, is great to witness, and what an example to those young guys. Yes, football has its ups and downs, but never be afraid to show your passion and that you can overcome any obstacle."


Source: Football.London 

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