Arteta gives update on Saka, Ben White ahead of north London derby

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has given an update on Bukayo Saka and Ben White following the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Leeds United on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners kept their top-four hopes alive with a scrappy win at home to the Whites – thanks to Eddie Nketiah’s brace inside the opening 10 minutes. 

The youngster first scored after just five minutes when he caught the goalkeeper on the ball to finish from close range. 

He then made it 2-0 five minutes later, this time turning Gabriel Martinelli’s cross home.

The visitors were reduced midway through the first half when Luke Ayling was shown a straight red card for a poor lunge on Martinelli.

They however managed to pull one back in the second half, but it proved to be a consolation.

Speaking after the match, Arteta was asked to comment on the fitness of Saka. 

“Yeah, he was fine,”

The Spaniard further spoke about White, who he expects to be back for their weekend clash against Tottenham Hotspur. 

“I think so,” he responded to the question on whether White will be ready for the match. “He’s been starting to do a little bit of work now on the pitch and we want everybody available because we know that game is so important,”

The clash against Antonio Conte’s side will be crucial for both teams. Arsenal will all but qualify for the Champions League if they beat Spurs, while a win for the Lilywhites will move them closer to qualification going into the last match of the campaign. 

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