This season, Arsenal has relied heavily on Bukayo Saka. The club’s leading scorer has made tremendous progress this season and is likely to continue on this route to the top level in the coming season.
In the second half of the season, though, Saka’s fatigue has been noticeable. The pressures of being Arsenal’s creative and goalscoring spark have clearly taken their toll.
Saka’s statistics show that he has 13 goal contributions in the first half of games but just five in the second. Arteta has been hesitant to rest the England international due to Pepe’s poor cameo performances this season.
Following that, when asked ahead of this weekend’s encounter against Everton, Arteta stated that he needed the break, indicating that he has a plan in place.
“He definitely needs a break,” Arteta said. “He’s played a lot of minutes this season, and he did last season as well.”
“You expect your key players to be able to do so, to have the ability and to have the level of talent that Bukayo has demonstrated throughout the season.” However, you must keep in mind that he will need to relax at some point. The summer plans for him are something we definitely need to think about.”
Arteta confirmed that he would be chatting with Gareth Southgate when asked. In addition, other national coaches would be informed about the wider squad.
“Yes, we’ll do it,” the Spaniard confirmed. “We’re going to talk to every manager in charge of our players about how they think, show them what they’ve done, how we did it, and what we expect them to do in the future.” Everything must be linked and tied to the goal of safeguarding and maximizing the player’s potential.”
Arsenal will play European football next season. Arteta and his team will almost certainly be competing in the Europa League.
Saka will be a key member of the team, but Mikel Arteta must ensure that he has competition to push the 20-year-old to his best while also providing quality cover in the rotation. His current competition is expected to depart.
Pepe wants to quit Arsenal, according to Sports Deputy. He has hired a new agent and has assigned the duty of finding him a new team for next season.
In the build-up to the summer transfer window, Arsenal were linked with a number of players, including Cody Gakpo, Moussa Diaby, and Serge Gnabry. The former is more of a left-winger, while the latter two would undoubtedly improve Arsenal’s right flank.
Saka’s ability to play on the left would suit signing a quality wide forward with their own traits of performing well in different places, which Arteta values. A wide player appears to be a bigger priority than many imagined, alongside the responsibilities of striker, central midfielder, and full-back.
Reiss Nelson, on the other hand, is set to return after a good loan spell at Feyenoord. In his last four Eredivisie games, he has two goals and four assists.
His future is uncertain with only one year left on his contract. His Arsenal future, however, is far from certain, and he will almost definitely seek assurances about playing time.