According to, he has justified his choice to start Bukayo Saka once more in Arsenal’s Europa League victory over PSV Eindhoven, calling Saka “ruthless.” With two exceptions, the 21-year-old has started every game for Arsenal this year. Many thought he would sit out Thursday’s game against PSV, but he played 85 minutes before leaving with a minor injury after the team won 1-0.
Arteta responded, Look at the finest players in the world, they play 70 matches, every three days, and they make a difference and win the game when asked if he had considered resting Saka against the Dutch team. You must be able to accomplish that if you want to be at the top.
And if we start to instill a different idea in a young player’s head, I believe we are making a grave error because [he] would say things like, No, I don’t play right now, and I don’t play on astroturf. I do not desire that. Every three days, I demand ruthlessness from them. I want them to come knocking on my door and announce that they want to play and win the game.
It is the duty of managers to show respect to referees. Despite the intensity of the game, according to Mikel Arteta, manager of Arsenal, managers have a significant obligation to supervise their players’ behavior on the sidelines.
When questioned further about his concerns about Saka’s workload, Arteta responded, No fitness coach in the world is going to tell me that they cannot do it, because I’ve seen it. 50 goals were scored in 72 games. It is simply not possible for players to play 38 games in a season and still achieve 50 goals. The Gunners go to Southampton on Sunday to resume their Premier League schedule.
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