Arsenal legend Ian Wright has said on the Wrighty’s House podcast that it is ‘fundamentally wrong’ that Bukayo Saka is having to play so much for the Gunners.
Saka is still only 19, but he has been thrown in at the deep end by Arsenal, despite his tender years.
The youngster is already playing a majorly important role for the Gunners, with their attacking play seemingly stifled when he isn’t on the pitch.
And Wright believes that it is wrong that Saka is having to play so regularly at such a young age, as he is being put under too much pressure too early.
“He’s our most creative player at 18. When you look at it like that, there’s something fundamentally wrong when he has to play so frequently to help a team like Arsenal to win,” Wright said.
“Even more so when we look at Mesut Ozil not being able to get a squad number.
“We’re asking an 18-year-old to come off the bench, he’s just played three games for England, and now he’s injured. That’s too much pressure already.”
Saka’s latest injury is indeed a blow for Arsenal, and the hope is that he won’t be sidelined for too long.
The youngster already has two assists and one goal to his name across all competitions this season, and without him Arsenal’s attacking threat is definitely lessened.
Saka has featured in every one of Arsenal’s Premier League matches since the first month of the campaign, and he has also played in two of their three Europa League games to date, which means he has had a busy schedule.
Saka will be watching on from home tonight, as his Arsenal teammates take on Molde.
Wrighty’s House is the latest podcast from The Ringer with host Ian Wright with new episodes every Wednesday. The podcast will be available exclusively on Spotify. You can listen here.