Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli Brentford miss may force Arsenal into Gabriel Jesus change

Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka were both substituted early by Mikel Arteta for Arsenal as they beat Brentford but the Spaniard has two ready-made replacements

Arsenal came away from Bramall Lane with all three points with double that number in goals with six different scorers on the day with Gabriel Martinelli securing the Gunners’ third whilst a Bukayo Saka cross cannoned off Jayden Bogle and into the net. However, both players were unable to complete the game and came off.

Saka was brought off at half-time and was seen shaking his head to the Arsenal physio but did return to the bench whilst his Brazilian teammate hopped off the field with the help of two members of the Arsenal staff. Arteta provided some minimal but somewhat encouraging news post-match.

Saka] was feeling a bit sick and as well we have Fabio who we have to give minutes,” he said. “It was great opportunity [for us] and then we had a little issue with Gabi Martinelli as well, he had a slight cut on his foot and we have to wait and see how he is.

Whilst currently somewhat innocuous, the removal of Saka certainly raised concerns. It also perhaps highlighted the lack of depth in the right-wing role to aptly replace the England international.


If the issues are worse than initially feared or potentially Arteta chooses not to risk the pair with the game against FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League just days after, the Spaniard will need to change things in the front line. The benefit he has is that a number of players have recently returned from injury.

Fabio Vieira came on for Saka on Monday night. The Portuguese midfielder has been out after recovering from surgery designed to fix two separate issues and returns to compete in a number of roles but the right-hand side has never been his forte

With that said, Gabriel Jesus’ return to the field, initially in a wide position was perhaps a greater representation of what we might see from the Brazilian in the future, especially if the Gunners follow through with plans to add another centre-forward to the mix. Jesus covered Saka when he was unavailable for the game against Manchester City.

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