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Luton Town vs Arsenal LIVE: Kai Havertz and Jakub Kiwior start as Takehiro Tomiyasu misses out

Arsenal continue their Premier League title challenge with a quick turnaround from their nervy win over Wolves to Kenilworth Road where they face Luton Town. It will be the first time in more than 30 years the two sides have faced one another.

Mikel Arteta made three changes to the Arsenal team from the weekend. Ben White, Kai Havertz and Jakub Kiwior all come into the side to add some real height into this battle.

Takehiro Tomiyasu has not been passed fit to start the game and missed out entirely. Meanwhile, the other two players moving on to the bench are Leandro Trossard and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Tom Canton and Kaya Kaynak will be bringing all the build-up, match coverage and reaction from Kenilworth Road. Updates to follow.

You can watch the game using a free Amazon trial here.

The bizarre Bukayo Saka injury

If you had asked me whether I would be writing a story about an injury to Bukayo Saka this season I would not have been entirely surprised. The England international has been the most-used player in the squad and has already missed an international call-up following a problem in the Champions League clash with RC Lens that meant he missed the 1-0 win over Manchester City.

The injuries that Saka has suffered have tended to be of the muscular variety. Hip, thigh and hamstring issues have emerged to see him unavailable for only 11 games for club and country in his senior career.

Not bad considering the fact that he has featured so often at such a young age. Furthermore, the 22-year-old is the persistent target for tackles from opposition players. Back in November of last year, Arteta said it was to be expected but emphasised the need for the officials to protect him by punishing players fairly after strong fouls.

Read the full story here.

 

Lokonga and Tavares latest

Arsenal have seen several players leave the club on loan this season that formed part of Mikel Arteta’s senior side last season. Both Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga left the club in the final days of the summer transfer window.

Lokonga joined Luton Town on a season-long loan move without a buy option. He has been out for an extended period with a hamstring injury but is closing on a return and manager Rob Edwards has expressed a desire to sign him on a permanent deal.

“I really like him, he’s a brilliant person first and foremost, always smiling, always really positive, great around the place, but he’s a really good footballer as well,” he said.

Read the full story here.

The successes and frustrations from Arsenal’s Wolves win

Arsenal endured a trickier Saturday afternoon than they bargained for after holding out for a 2-1 win over Wolves to keep them top of the Premier League. Chance after chance went astray and that allowed Matheus Cunha to make the afternoon very nervy indeed.

That said, what we witnessed in the opening twenty minutes was an excellent continuation of Wednesday night’s rout over RC Lens. But with an xG of 3.16 and just the two goals scored the narrative will write itself and perhaps hark back to some of the closer less convincing games of the season so far.

But it shouldn’t be forgot this was a Wolves side that have beaten both Manchester City and Tottenham this season and were very unlucky not to have more points were it not for VAR controversies. That said, there were plenty of successes to oversee whilst being aware of the frustrations on the day.

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