Arteta on Laca, Auba return and Bukayo Saka’s fitness –

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta addressed the media on Thursday ahead of his side’s third Premier League match against Manchester City this weekend. 

Arteta was delighted to see the return of duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette who impressed as Arsenal beat West Brom 6-0 in the EFL Cup. 

The Spaniard explained the importance of Aubameyang, Lacazette, and Odegaard. 

“Well, getting some of those big players big certainly helps for any team. For example with Auba and Laca, they are our goalscorers, they’re the biggest threats in the team in terms of scoring that comes from them and that’s something that’s happened over the years so we know how crucial that is for us our success,” he said. 

“Then you have someone like Martin who we just recruited permanently as well and his quality to help and many others that are still not in contention yet, but they will be back to join the team soon hopefully.”

Bukayo Saka picked up a knock during the Gunners win and Arteta said, “He was limping after the match and we will see today how that reacts, but he had a knock, yeah.”

On Odegaard’s chances of featuring against City, “He’s a really fit boy. He had a good pre-season with Madrid and he’s played enough minutes and let’s see how he recovers from yesterday’s match and how the others are, and then we can decide whether he’s ready to start.”

Arsenal will travel to Etihad to take on City on Saturday. 

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