The manager of Arsenal football club Mikel Arteta has urged football fans and the media to stop putting too much pressure on Bukayo Saka, urging them to allow him to develop.
The 19-year-old English versatile footballer has been practically the savior of Arsenal football club in the club’s last two Premier League matches. He was fully involved in the 3-1 demolition of Chelsea on Saturday and ended the surprise win with one of the finest goals of the weekend.
When Arsenal played against Brighton on Tuesday, December 29, Bukayo Saka was also fully involved in the match. His teammates had to wait for him to assist the club’s super-sub Alexandre Lacazette to score the winner in the 66th minute of the match.
Saka 🤝 Laca— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 29, 2020
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The brilliance of the 19-year-old England international has helped Arsenal to move from the 15th spot on the league table to the 13th spot with 20 points in 16 league games after recording 6 wins, two draws, and 8 defeats.
Bukayo Saka’s brilliance has brought him fully to the limelight and made him the talk of the club’s recent pre and post-match press conferences. Also, the youngster has become a consistent trend on social media which Mikel Arteta feels is not too healthy for the development of the Nigerian-born British footballer.
Hence, the Spanish coach reminded the world on Tuesday after Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Brighton that Bukayo Saka is performing well because he has brilliant teammates who have been supporting him on the field of play.
“I would like everybody to be cautious, let him be, and let him develop,” Arteta said.
“I think he’s having the right progression. I think he has the right people around him in his house, in his entourage.
“And he’s got the right team-mates as well to support him all the time, giving him confidence and keeping his feet on the floor.
“Then hopefully we can be the right coaches around him and the right club to see the player that he can be in the future.”
Besides the fanfare around Bukayo Saka, he gave Arsenal fans a big reason to worry about when he limped off the pitch towards the end of the match between Arsenal and Brighton.
Well played, Bukayo 👏— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 29, 2020
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However, Arsenal’s manager said the youngster should be fine adding that Saka’s body reacted to a hard tackle he received during the league match.
So far this season, Bukayo Saka has scored 2 league goals and provided one assist in 14 league games. He is expected to continue with his fine form when Arsenal pay a visit to West Brom on Saturday, January 2, 2021, at 21:00.