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Mikel Arteta’s Ideal Backup Plan for Bukayo Saka in Case of Injury Ahead of Man City Clash

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Mikel Arteta’s Ideal Backup Plan for Bukayo Saka in Case of Injury Ahead of Man City Clash

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka may be sidelined due to a knee injury, leaving questions about his availability for the upcoming match against Manchester City. While Mikel Arteta stated that Saka is in contention for the game, his fitness remains uncertain. In case Saka is unable to play, Arsenal has potential backup options, including Fabio Vieira, Reiss Nelson, and Gabriel Jesus.

Gabriel Jesus, who played for Manchester City before joining Arsenal, has experience playing on the right-wing position. During his final season at City, he was regularly deployed as a right-winger by Pep Guardiola, who praised his quality from that side. Guardiola highlighted Jesus’ versatility, his ability to adapt to different positions, and his positive attitude.

Former Brazil boss Tite also utilized Jesus on the right flank during the 2019 Copa America, where he performed well, contributing with goals and assists in important matches. Jesus has demonstrated his capabilities from the right-wing position, including a standout performance against Liverpool in April 2022.

Guardiola has previously mentioned that some players have a more advantageous body shape when receiving the ball in wider positions, which can give them more time to make decisions. While Jesus can play as a striker, his performances on the wing have been noteworthy.

If Saka is unavailable, Arsenal can potentially turn to Gabriel Jesus on the right flank, taking advantage of his experience and versatility in that position.

Mikel Arteta’s Ideal Backup Plan for Bukayo Saka in Case of Injury Ahead of Man City Clash

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