‘HE NEEDS TO BE GIVEN SOME REST’ – EX-ARSENAL DEFENDER SLAMS ARTETA FOR OVERPLAYING GUNNERS STAR
After a game, Mikel Arteta gives the fans applause.
According to former Gunners defender Mikael Silvestre, Mikel Arteta has been playing Bukayo Saka “too much” the previous couple of seasons.
The 86th consecutive Premier League appearance by the England international, a club record, came in the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Tottenham last weekend in the north London derby.
Arsenal cannot afford to lose any more ground to Manchester City on Saturday at the Vitality Stadium because they already trail the league leaders by four points.
However, Silvestre has cautioned that putting Saka at danger could have an influence on their long-term objectives given how often Arteta has been playing the Arsenal winger lately.
According to Silvestre, Bukayo Saka is playing far too frequently. He performs a position that requires a lot of sprinting, and defenders frequently test him. He hasn’t had enough time to rest.
“If Arsenal wants him to be there in March and April, when the squad will really be battling in the crucial matches for the title and in the Champions League, he needs to be given some rest.
But at that time, he might become weary. We are aware of how demanding the schedule is in England, and he also participates in international competition.
“Two-thirds of his energy will be spent by the time he has to leave for the Euro.
It affects both the body and the mind. To be at his best every week, he has to recharge and heal.
With Man City traveling to struggling Wolves, Arsenal star Paul Merson believes Arteta’s team has a “must-win game” against Bournemouth this weekend.
Given that they play Manchester City the following weekend, Merson told Sportskeeda, “This is a must-win game for Arsenal, and I think they will collect all three points at the Vitality Stadium. I don’t see Bournemouth winning this game because they haven’t started this season well and are finding it difficult to score.
The Gunners triumphed 1-0 despite resting many players for the Carabao Cup match against Brentford, so their key players will be in top shape and ready to go this weekend. I realize I was a little overconfident in my prediction for the Tottenham Hotspur game last weekend, but as soon as I glanced at the team roster, I realized Spurs had a chance because Arsenal had far too many injury concerns.
“James Maddison gradually became more involved in the game and put on an outstanding performance in the second half after Declan Rice left the game due to injury at halftime. Despite not knowing when Rice will be fully fit again, Arsenal needs him back as soon as possible. The score will be Bournemouth 0–2 Arsenal.