Why was Saka even on the field for Arsenal at Lens last night?
Saka need to have taken a break.
Tuesday night’s Champions League match between Arsenal and RC Lens ended in a 2-1 loss for Arsenal. Bukayo Saka was observed holding his hamstring after only 34 minutes and was forced to leave the field early.
Many Arsenal supporters questioned Arteta’s decision to risk starting Saka following his recent performances before the match against Lens. Most Arsenal supporters would have thought it was the ideal time to give Saka a break after falling against Everton, Tottenham, and picking up an injury against Bournemouth, but when the starting lineups were announced, many Arsenal supporters became apprehensive.
Rightfully so. In just 34 minutes, everyone’s fears were realized as Saka was seen limping and falling to the ground after delivering a backheeled kick. The youthful winger could be seen clutching at his hamstring and appearing to be in significant discomfort. forcing Areta to make an early substitution, which resulted in Saka leaving the field looking uncomfortable.
This weekend, Arsenal takes on Manchester City in what is likely one of our most important games of the year and a game that we must win if we hope to contend for the title this year. With a shocking 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend, City’s past two games have ended in defeat.
Arsenal has yet to drop a match in the Premier League, and they currently sit in third place with shared points with their neighboring rivals Tottenham. They are also just one point behind City, who are ranked first. Being at home and in excellent form should work in our favor, but after Saka was seen leaving the field against Lens, Arsenal supporters are concerned he won’t be able to make the City match.
If Saka isn’t healthy enough to play this weekend, it will be a tremendous loss because he has been fantastic so far this season, scoring 5 goals already. Without that extra pace in attack, we risk being exposed because many of our attacks begin on the right wing.
Was it a mistake for Arteta to start Saka against Lens? Probably. However, Arteta would have wanted to field his strongest team because the Champions League is equally as significant as the Premier League, which regrettably for Arsenal supporters has led to a potential injury for one of our finest players. Football injuries are common, but because Saka is one of our finest players, he needs to take advantage of every opportunity to rest.
What’s your thoughts Gooners?