Arsenal news: Bukayo Saka set for switch; Mikel Arteta’s preferred striker revealed

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Arsenal’s Mikel Arretea is currently in an injury crisis. Bukayo Saka could play as left-back while the attributes that he values in a striker were revealed

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After a series of injuries to key Gunners players, Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka may be ready for a change in Mikel Arteta’s tactical setup.

Due to a knee injury, Kieran Tierney, left-back, will need surgery. But Nuno Tavares did little to cover himself in glory during the 3-0 collapse to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday night – leaving the Arsenal boss questioning his options on the left-side of his defence.

Tierney is not the only Arsenal star who is currently injured. Updates have been made on Thomas Partey’s fitness, Nicolas Pepe, and Takehiro Tomaiasyu’s. Unsung Gunners star revealed what Mikel Arteta is looking to find in a new striker.

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Updates on injury

As the Premier League season winds down, Arsenal’s injury list is growing. The injuries came at an unfortunate time, as Tottenham Hotspur leapfrogged the Gunners at the top of the Premier League table before Mikel Arteta’s side lost to Crystal Palace.

Kieran Tierney has been ruled out for the season, while Thomas Partey aggravated his thigh during the loss at Selhurst Park – forcing him off in the 74th minute. Takehiro Tomiyasu also looks set for a little while longer on the sidelines, while Nicolas Pepe is currently recovering from an illness which kept him out of the squad for Monday’s defeat at Crystal Palace.

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Arteta’s preference for a striker

Mika Biereth, an Arsenal youngster, has revealed the attributes Mikel Arteta is looking for in a new striker at Emirates.

This season, the U-23 international star has been in great form. He scored 11 goals in 24 matches for Arsenal’s second team. He has been in great form and has trained with the first-team on several occasions. The young Danish international from London has also spoken out about the Arteta coaching.

Biereth was interviewed The Athletic : “Mikel Arteta likes the striker to play in the No. 10 pocket, so it’s just about adding those little things. Becoming comfortable dropping into that space where midfielders open it up for you.”This statement could provide some insight into the Arsenal boss’s search for answers ahead of the summer transfer windows.

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Saka sets for switch

Bukayo Saka could serve as a temporary left-back in the absence of Kieran Tierney.

Nuno Tavares was selected for the role, but he failed to impress in the 3-0 loss against Crystal Palace. Mikel Arteta had to think about his options. This could mean that he might consider Saka as the left-back after impressing when he was given a chance in 2020, with Tierney and Sead Klasinac both out injured.

The injury suffered by Thomas Partey at Palace means Granit Xhaka may be more needed in midfield rather than being available to fill in for Tierney – leaving Saka as the obvious candidate if Tavares’ form doesn’t pick up.

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