Arsenal legend Ian Wright has suggested to Optus Sport that the club are far too reliant on Bukayo Saka. After the 1-1 draw with Fulham at the weekend, the ex-striker believes it was all down to the youngster to shine again.
The England international has been improving under Mikel Arteta. He has found the net seven times and registered eight assists during the 2020/21 campaign.
He has been largely on the flanks and on Sunday he was called upon on the right-hand side. Saka has also featured as a No.10 at various points throughout the campaign.
Wright once again suggested he was the star man on Sunday, implying that Arsenal relies on the young talent far too much.
He told Optus Sport: “The first half started well on Sunday, they were passing the ball very quickly.
“They didn’t create enough though and didn’t do enough to cause problems. Again, it felt like it was all on Saka to try and win the game. It didn’t happen. In the end, we were fortunate to get the equaliser.”
The Hale End graduate has played 39 times in all competitions during the current campaign. He’s also collected his first caps for England and now has four under his belt.
TBR View: Saka is integral but Arteta must ease the burden
The big challenge for the Arsenal boss during the summer will be to add players capable of easing the pressure on Saka.
It does seem right now as though the Gunners are heavily reliant on the youngster to make things happen in the final third.
Arsenal are ninth in the Premier League and as he learns his trade it’s impossible to expect Saka to do it all on his own.
He is hardworking, determined and possesses a raw talent that makes for an exciting future.
Wright is spot on to imply that it’s not good enough for Arsenal to be so reliant on the talent and that must change next season.