Despite seeming to sustain an injury against Oxford United on Monday night, Mikel Arteta has said that winger Bukayo Saka will be ready for Sunday’s North London derby.
As Arteta chose a better starting XI than anticipated for the FA Cup third-round match against the League One team, Saka was a surprise starter for the Gunners.
Despite the fact that all three goals were scored after the hour mark, the Premier League leaders ultimately won 3-0.
Before Eddie Nketiah maintained his recent positive form with a double in the fourth quarter, Mohamed Elneny had started the scoring for the visitors.
The fourth-round matchup between Arsenal and Manchester City, the top two clubs in the Premier League standings, will now take place at Manchester City.
But with Arsenal playing Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, the immediate worry was on a possible Saka fitness problem.
Before being removed from the game with 15 minutes left, the England international needed treatment for injuries twice.
Arteta was unsurprisingly questioned about Saka in his post-match news conference, even though that was to enable Emile Smith Rowe to play again after a lengthy absence.
However, when questioned about the wide player, the Spaniard provided a succinct response, noting that “he’s good” with reference to his involvement over the weekend.