Mikel Arteta explains subbing Bukayo Saka at half-time as Arsenal tear Sheff Utd apart | Football | Sport

Mikel Arteta explained that Bukayo Saka was taken off as he was ‘feeling sick’ at half-time during Arsenal’s six-goal thrashing of Sheffield United on Monday night. The north Londoners were at their brilliant best from the very first whistle, overpowering the Blades in emphatic fashion to keep their Premier League title hopes alive and kicking.

Martin Odegaard opened the scoring for Arsenal after just five minutes before a Jayden Bogle own goal doubled their advantage inside the first quarter of an hour. Gabriel Martinelli, Kai Havertz and Declan Rice also struck before half-time to give Arsenal a huge lead at the break, with Ben White adding a sixth just before the hour mark.

Saka was replaced by Fabio Vieira at the interval despite not appearing to pick up an injury during the first 45 minutes at Bramall Lane. Speaking to Sky Sports after the final whistle, Arteta explained that he chose to bring the England winger off as a precaution because he was not feeling well.

“Bukayo was feeling sick and wasn’t feeling right,” said the Spaniard, who also revealed that Gabriel Martinelli was hauled off due to a small cut. He added: “Gabi, it’s just a cut, he had a slight cut and we have to see how he is.”


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