This has led to comparisons with the last great graduate from Arsenal’s academy – Jack Wilshere. However, this comparison brings with it a fear. A fear of another talent not living up to expectations.
Jack Wilshere made his debut for Arsenal aged 16 and was tipped for greatness, but his career was ruined by injuries. This has called for shouts to manage Saka’s workload and avoid a repeat of what happened with Wilshere.
Saka on a similar point in his career as Wilshere
Bukayo Saka is in his 5th full season with Arsenal and has already won the Arsenal Player of the Season twice. He is already the undroppable for Arsenal. Over the last 3 seasons, the 22-year-old has featured in every Premier League game for the Gunners, except one. Saka became the first Arsenal outfield player since Lee Dixon two decades prior to play in every single league game for two successive seasons.
Having being played so much, has brewed some fear in the fans. In the 2010/11 campaign, Jack Wilshere made 58 appearances for club and country. Jack was never the same after that season. He became fragile and injury prone ever since that season, and was never the same again.
Fans fear that the same might happen to Saka, but Mikel Arteta seems to have different plans.
Arteta ready to risk Bukayo Saka
Arteta experienced Wilshere’s struggles first hand during his time as a player. Despite that the Spanish manager is unmoved on his stance. He believes that Saka is simply doing what is required of all the best players.
Back in October of last year, the Gunners boss claimed: “Look at the top players in the world, they play 70 matches and every three days and make the difference and win the game. You want to be at the top, you have to be able to do that. If we start to put something different in the minds of our young players I think we are making a huge mistake.”
Over 12 months on, His opinion doesn’t seem to have changed much. Asked whether Saka was born ready for tough challenges, Arteta replied: “Born? I think he’s getting used to it!”
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