Why Bukayo Saka is out of Arsenal’s huge clash with Man Utd


Bukayo Saka has been forced to miss Arsenal’s Premier League huge game against Manchester United due to a hip injury.

The 19-year-old, who has been one of Arsenal’s standout players this campaign was expected to continue his run in the team but Gabriel Martinelli will replace him, the only change from the club’s 3-1 win at Southampton.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also absent – in order to be with his mother who is struggling with health issues – Thomas Partey and Smith Rowe start the game despite concerns over their fitness.

Both players were taken off with cramp in the second half against the Saints in midweek but have been passed fit to play against United.

And Kieran Tierney has failed to return to full fitness after a leg injury and has not made Arsenal’s squad with Cedric Soares starting in his place, just as he did against Southampton.

The Red devils has made five changes to his side that were stunned at home to Sheffield on Wednesday.

Asked about his decision to replace Martial with Edinson Cavani in attack, Solskjaer said: ‘Fresh legs and of course fitness issues, but also this is a team we feel is going to cause Arsenal some trouble.

‘We feel we’ve got the mix between the pace the experience. I hope we’re going to have a good performance.

‘Midfield is always important against Arsenal you need to control the game, it’s a place where we traditionally have counter-attacks so we need to get men forward.

‘But with Edinson there we want to get crosses in and that’s something we’ve worked on for tonight so hopefully we can see some of them.’


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