Mikel Arteta says he’s unconcerned in regards to the health of Bukayo Saka and Takehiro Tomiyasu regardless of each gamers being substituted throughout right now’s 2-1 win at West Ham.
Tomi, solely simply again from a sequence of calf accidents, hit the turf clutching his leg on 78 minutes and was changed by Cedric Soares whereas Saka, on the receiving finish of the standard roughhouse therapy, made method for Emile Smith Rowe within the closing levels.
Having already travelled to the London Stadium with out Ben White, struggling with a good hamstring, there have been, fairly understandably, some considerations in regards to the standing of the squad heading when the boss confronted the press. He was fast to allay fears.
“Ben bought injured in opposition to Manchester United,” revealed Arteta. “He felt a muscular drawback and we checked him, and we must entry him within the subsequent few days to see how he’s.
“Bukayo was advantageous, he was actually fatigued and he has been by just a little damage as effectively. Tomiyasu has simply that he had been out for therefore lengthy and couldn’t proceed.
He added on Tomi: “Hopefully, he’s advantageous.”
Dealing with accidents isn’t something new. In the final month, the boss has referred to as on a number of fringe gamers to plug gaps all around the pitch. For essentially the most half, everyone has stepped up to speed with aplomb.
Today, it was the flip of Rob Holding to earn plaudits from the supervisor. The centre-back has predominantly featured off the bench this season however impressed alongside Gabriel Magalhaes within the centre of defence and even grabbed his first-ever Premier League purpose.
“I stated to you guys, to good folks, to good issues occur,” stated Arteta.
“Rob is one other nice instance, however now when he performs effectively to provide him credit score, particularly when he doesn’t play, the best way he trains, the best way he’s amongst the workforce, he’s only a phenomenal individual and participant to have across the workforce and right now, whenever you ask him to return he’s all the time able to do one thing.”