Bukayo Saka has been one of Arsenal’s best performers this season, however recently his form has taken a dip which has lead to some criticism from the Arsenal fans.
The 21-year-old has scored 13 goals and recorded 11 assists in 36 Premier League games throughout 2022/23. Bukayo Saka has featured in every league game for the Gunners this season which shows how important he is to Mikel Arteta, despite his dip in form recently.
Bukayo Saka is also close to agreeing a new long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium which is set to make him the highest paid player at the club. That’s how good the English winger has been for his club, not just this season, but since he made his debut in 2018.
However recently some Arsenal fans have called for their star man to be dropped after recent performances. Saka has scored only one goal in his last eight Premier League appearances. Whether it’s due to tiredness or other reasons, who knows, but he’s not the only player in the Arsenal side to struggle over recent weeks.
Mikel Arteta’s side has struggled as a whole, dropping points in 5 of their last 8 games which has handed Manchester City the advantage in the Premier League title race.
Bukayo Saka responded to the critics after the defeat to Brighton on Sunday: “Before anyone else puts pressure on me, I’ve put 1,000 times more pressure on myself.”
“I don’t think anyone can ever criticise me more than I criticise myself. I really monitor myself and my performances as well so I don’t really feel that pressure externally – it comes from within.”
“It’s good to have people around me too, and I try to always keep positive influences around me. Obviously when I come to the training ground there are so many good influences, so many good players, good coaching staff and people in this place.”
“I know that if anyone has to tell me something that’s a bit more negative then they are doing it for the best of me, not because they want to put me down. So I always listen to them.”
“All I can do is try to be myself. I’ve got to where I am through being myself, so there’s no point overthinking things or wanting to change anything. If people like me for who I am now, I don’t need to try to be something I’m not, just because a few more people might be looking up to me. That’s just my mentality.”