Saliba is expected to miss Wednesday’s game vs Manchester City in English Premier League.
Arsenal defender William Saliba is likely to miss Wednesday night’s crucial Premier League match against Manchester City due to a back injury.
Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal Manager will give an update on Saliba’s condition during his pre-match news conference on Tuesday. He fears the French defender will miss the rest of the season.
Arsenal is monitoring his condition on a daily basis. But it appears that the trip to the Etihad Stadium will come too soon.
Saliba has missed Arsenal’s last five games. It happened after suffering an injury in their Europa League match against Sporting Lisbon last month.
In the 22-year-old’s absence, Rob Holding has started. The Gunners have failed to keep a clean sheet during that time.
They’ve given up nine goals, seven of which have come in the last three games, and after big home wins against Crystal Palace and Leeds, Arteta’s side are on a run of three consecutive draws, which has hampered their chances of winning the league for the first time since 2004.
The Gunners are still five points ahead of Man City at the top of the Premier League table, but Pep Guardiola’s team has two games in hand and hosts the Gunners at the Etihad Stadium in a potential title decider on Wednesday.
Arsenal have shown complacency during their recent slump in form, but Saliba’s injury is also a major issue.
Before injuring his back, Saliba had started every Premier League game for Arsenal this season, and his absence is hurting the Gunners both offensively and defensively in the Premier League title race with Manchester City.
Below are the next fixtures of Arsenal FC
Man City (A) vs. Premier League on April 26; 8:00 p.m.
Chelsea (H) vs. Premier League, May 2, 5.30 p.m. kickoff, live on Sky Sports
May 7: Newcastle (A) vs. Premier League, live on Sky Sports, kickoff at 4.30 p.m.
Brighton (H) vs. Premier League, May 13; 3 p.m. kickoff
May 20: 5.30 p.m. kickoff in the Premier League for Nottingham Forest (A).
Wolves (H) vs. Premier League on May 28 at 4.30 p.m.