Premier League Arteta provides Saka, Martinell fitness update ahead of Luton Town tie

Arsenal manager spoke on the availability of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinell when they face Luton Town in a Premier League fixture on Wednesday.

On how Saka is fitness-wise after limping out in the draw against Manchester City, Arteta said: “Yeah, he’s fine. Obviously, we haven’t trained, we’ve recovered and have a short live session today to prepare for the game, and we’ll see whether he’s in the best condition to start or not.”

On whether there is an opportunity to give him time to recover: “We’re just thinking about Luton and preparing for the game in the best possible way and earn the right to beat them.”

On whether Martinelli is fit enough to play 90 minutes, he said: “He is because he was available to play against a really tough opponent three days ago. Again, we’ll train today and see the state of every player and make the right decision tomorrow.”

On Jurrien Timber’s recovery, the Spaniard explained: “He’s doing very well, he’s back training. He’s not far off, but the thing is that last step, he hasn’t played any minutes so does he need a game with the U21s, does he need two games? We are going to have to see, especially because he’s training with us and we need to see how long that will take him. That last part is tricky and sometimes takes a while. Hopefully, as soon as possible.”

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