Arsenal suffer Bukayo Saka injury blow ahead of Man Utd clash

Bukayo Saka came off injured after opening the scoring against Newcastle (Picture: Getty)

Bukayo Saka is a doubt for Arsenal’s heavyweight clash against Manchester United next week after sustaining an injury against Newcastle on Saturday.

The Gunners are entering into a testing run of fixtures which begins with a trip to Old Trafford on Thursday in what could be Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge.

Newcastle kept their opponents at bay during a largely uneventful first-half, but Saka broke the deadlock just 11 minutes after the re-start.

Gabriel Martinelli scored his first goal in the Premier League this season after replacing the injured Bukayo Saka (Picture: Getty)

The England international was set free by a clever pass from Nuno Tavares and kept his composure to find the far corner, blasting his shot across and beyond the reach of Martin Dubravka.

Saka’s joy was shortlived, however, when he appeared to sustain a hip injury in the next attack and although he attempted to play on, he was eventually replaced by Gabriel Martinelli in the 64th minute.

The Brazilian has been forced to settle for a bit-part role this season and hasn’t started a Premier League game since August, but gave a timely reminder of his ability with a sumptuous finish moments after his introduction.

Martinelli’s clever run freed up space for Takehiro Tomiyasu to run into and the Japan international full-back showed impressive vision to spot his teammate’s subsequent run with a clever pass which still required the 20-year-old to show impressive technique with a first-time finish.

Martinelli, himself, was in the wars late on when he was denied a penalty after he was wiped out by Jamal Lascelles, but was able to continue and will be in contention to feature against the Red Devils.

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