Saka was forced to leave France on Tuesday but Mikel Arteta will give him every chance to prove his fitness for the showdown at the Emirates Stadium.
Speaking on Friday, Arteta said: “He is in the fight, we will see how he progresses between now and Sunday. Obviously he had to leave the field of play. [against RC Lens]”It’s never good news, but let’s see how he recovers.”
Thomas Partey returned to the bench against Lens, but the midfielder has not played since late August and is unlikely to return to the team immediately.
Arteta said: “It’s ahead of schedule, that’s for sure.
“We wanted to have him in the team if we needed him, the way the game developed we had other needs and we didn’t use him. “He will be on the team.”
Kai Havertz is likely to start again alongside Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard in midfield.
Gabriel Martinelli remains marginalized.
Arsenal XI Prediction: stripe; Blanco, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Rice, Odegaard, Havertz; Saka, Jesus, Trossard
Doubts: Saka, Partey
Injuries: Martinelli, Wood
Time and date: 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2023
Event: Emirates Stadium
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