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Arsenal: England's Bukayo Saka Absent from EFL Cup Match Due to Foot Injury


Arsenal's winger, Bukayo Saka, is set to miss the upcoming Carabao Cup match against Brentford on Wednesday and might also be unavailable for Saturday's league game against Bournemouth. The 22-year-old English winger sustained a foot injury during the 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Sunday and had to be substituted by Emile Smith Rowe just before the match's conclusion.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expressed concern about Saka's condition, noting that he was visibly limping after the game. When asked about the possibility of Saka missing the Premier League match against Bournemouth, Arteta acknowledged that it is indeed a possibility.

Saka has been in fine form this season, contributing four goals and three assists in seven appearances across the Premier League and Champions League. If he is unable to play against Bournemouth, it would put an end to his club-record streak of 86 consecutive Premier League appearances.

In addition to Saka's injury, Arsenal faces other injury woes, with defender Jurrien Timber dealing with a long-term knee injury, and Thomas Partey, Leandro Trossard, and Gabriel Martinelli also sidelined due to injuries. However, Arteta mentioned that midfielder Declan Rice's back injury, which caused him to be substituted at halftime against Spurs, is not considered too severe.

Arteta attributed some of the injury issues to players' heavy schedules, including international commitments and a busy season, but acknowledged that injuries are an inherent part of football. Arsenal's squad size also presents challenges, making it difficult to rotate players for matches like the one against Brentford.