Written by Nirmal Selvam,
Arteta hails Bukayo Saka’s performance against Benfica, however, warns against giving him a break ahead of the Leicester clash
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may have grabbed the headlines after Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Benfica on Friday, but Bukayo Saka was equally as impressive, providing 2 assists to the Gabonese frontman on the night.
Asked on how valuable Saka is to the team and how good he can become, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was full of praise on the work ethic that he had seen from the 19-year old.
Arteta said: “He is a boy that is constantly willing to learn, to get better, to work on the things he can do better and he is a very humble and hardworking boy. When that happens normally, and you have the talent he has, things go well.”
Saka has been one of the shining lights in Arsenal’s 2020/2021 season, contributing to 6 goals and 7 assists. Also, since the start of last season, he is the youngest Premier League player to have reached double figures for goals and assists across all competitions.
As he had started the last 18 out of 20 Premier games with Arsenal, naturally there were concerns that fatigue might be setting in for the young Arsenal starlet. However, Arteta was quick to note that fatigue was more of a mental state rather than physical and that he did not want the players to use that as an excuse not to give their best for the club.
“Fatigue is not going to be an excuse; we have to deal with that. We know that when you play European competitions, you have to be able to perform every three days, and we are going to prepare (for) the game against Leicester, just to play (in) the same intensity like we always do,” he added.
Arsenal face a Leicester City side at the King Power Stadium today, that are in a good run of form, winning 3 out of their last 4 Premier League games. If Arsenal are to mount a serious challenge against 3rd placed Leicester, they would need to count on another star performance from Saka, as they did against Benfica.
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