Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta provides Bukayo Saka injury update ahead of Olympiacos second leg

Saka was forced off at half-time in the north London derby
Saka was forced off at half-time in the north London derby (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta says Bukayo Saka is feeling ‘much better’ and a decision will made this afternoon on whether he will feature in the second leg of Arsenal’s Europa League tie against Olympiacos on Thursday.

The 19-year-old was surprisingly taken off at half-time of last weekend’s 2-1 north London derby victory over Tottenham, with Arteta explaining after the match that he was withdrawn due to a hamstring issue.

The Gunners welcome Greek champions Olympacios to the Emirates with three vital away goals in the bag after winning the first leg of their last-16 clash 3-1.

The teenager has been a standout performer for the Gunners this season
The teenager has been a standout performer for the Gunners this season (Picture: Getty Images)

Arteta has revealed that he has no new injury concerns ahead of the game and provided a positive update on Saka’s fitness.

‘Everybody is more or less ok,’ Arteta said on Wednesday.

‘We had a few doubts but hopefully everybody is going to be involved.’

When pressed on Saka’s availability, he replied: ‘He was doing another test and obviously he felt something muscular.

‘But he’s been much, much better and they’ve both been really well.

‘So we’ll make the decision this afternoon on what we’ll do.’

When asked if the tie against Olympiacos is already over, he said: ‘Absolutely not.

‘From what I’ve seen from Olympiacos and the amount of games that they have won in the final minutes and the belief that they have in that team, it will be tough and they will try to put us under real pressure.

‘There is still a lot to play for.’

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