Just as he looked to be patching up our defence, Mikel Arteta was hit with yet another blow after Bukayo Saka was subbed at half time at Burnley.

Burnley defender Matt Lowton took Saka out early on in the 0-0 draw and he never really recovered, having to go off at the break, being replaced with Lucas Torreira as Granit Xhaka slotted magnificently into the defence.

Apparently Saka was still limping as the team made their way to the bus after the game and the Arsenal medical team will assess the youngster this week.

Arteta said after the game:

“He had a knock in his knee and his hip so we’ll see. I think the last 10 minutes (of the half) he was carrying his injury, we decided to substitute him because he wasn’t feeling too good, so tomorrow we will know how he is…”

We are already without Kieran Tierney at left back, but Sead Kolasinac should hopefully return in time to play against Newcastle at home in two weeks if Saka doesn’t recover in time. Kolasinac didn’t feature in the Burnley game despite a late fitness test.

After the game, the ever-gracious and sportsmanlike Burnley Manager Sean Dyche said:

“It is lovely to watch when people are falling over, it is my favourite part. The game is in a fantastic state…”

So Saka, who limped on to the team bus will be assessed on a hip/knee complaint after an awful tackle by Lowton, but he, of course, ‘fell over’ according to Dyche and his ridiculous disc beard.