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Report: Arsenal have been concerned for years about how much ‘special’ youngster is playing
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Report: Arsenal have been concerned for years about how much ‘special’ youngster is playing

There have been concerns at Arsenal for more than two seasons about Bukayo Saka’s game time, according to The Athletic.

Mikel Arteta is in the process of building an exciting, young Arsenal side at the Emirates.

At this early stage of the season, his Gunners currently sit top of the league.

Arsenal haven’t had the biggest squad over the last few years, and injuries have affected many of Arteta’s players.

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This has forced the Spanish manager to potentially play some of his younger players more than he would like.

This has been both a blessing and a curse for Arteta, as it has allowed the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe to develop at the highest level.

Concerns at Arsenal over Saka game time

The development of Bukayo Saka at Arsenal has been a revelation.

After making his debut as a 17-year-old, Saka has gone on to be a regular for club and country over the past few seasons.

Described as a ‘special’ player, Saka should be a mainstay for Arsenal and England for a long time to come.

His partnership with new signing Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard and Martinelli has been brilliant to watch this season.

All four players have started every league game under Arteta this season.

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Saka’s form has been getting better and better this season, and despite Arsenal’s defeat at Old Trafford, he had a great game.

However, the concerns at Arsenal over Saka’s game time mean he may be due a rest soon.

He’s unlikely to get many games off during this season’s compact fixture list, and will be in Qatar with England in November.

Saka may have to wait until next summer to get the extended rest Arsenal want for him.

The 21-year-old has never had a serious injury, but his constant involvement in the team will have an effect in the long run.

While Arsenal are playing as well as they are right now, Arsenal fans will be hoping Saka stays fit for as long as possible.

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