Bukayo Saka has been left out of Arsenal’s squad to take on Manchester United at the Emirates this Saturday.
The winger has been one of the Gunners’ brightest players this season, but he is suffering with a sore hip and has been left out as a precaution.
Mikel Arteta said: “He’s injured. He could not make the game, so he’s not in the squad.”
Arteta has been handed a boost with midfielder Thomas Partey returning to the starting XI after he hobbled off against Southampton.
Emile Smith Rowe also came off against the Saints, but he too starts against United.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been out of action for Arsenal in recent weeks as his mother is in ill health, and he will play no part in the United fixture.
But in a boost for Arteta, Gabriel Martinelli is back in the starting line-up.
Arsenal favourite Ian Wright recently revealed he worries Saka is being overexposed in north London at such a young age.
He said: “When you consider Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe had to go off with cramp, that just indicates the amount of work they were doing,” Wright said on Optus Sport.
“Saka, everybody is worried about him because he is so young and he has the weight of being expected to create for all of Arsenal – same with Smith Rowe and when Martinelli comes back – but they are doing it at the moment.
“Arsenal have to play with that intensity. They kept it simple, closed them down, got forward quicker, and they are able to punish teams.
“Smith Rowe went off with cramp, you’re hoping Saka can stay fit, if anything happens to those guys, from a creative point of view.
“Those are the guys that are pushing Arsenal forward alongside Thomas Partey [and] if anything happens to them it could start to stall again.”
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