Bukayo Saka has started every single one of Arsenal’s 27 Premier League games so far this season. He’s so important to Mikel Arteta’s side, emphasised by the amount of goal contributions the 21-year-old has for Arsenal this season…
27 appearances, 10 goals & 9 assists in the Premier League.
If that doesn’t quite show just how special Bukayo Saka’s performances have been this season, then here’s another stat for you…
All of Bukayo Saka’s ten Premier League goals this season have either been scored to put Arsenal in front or to bring Arsenal level in a game. He’s a player his teammates look to when they need a goal & more times than not, Bukayo Saka delivers.
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He’s a big game player & at only 21-years-old, he’s got a super bright future ahead of him, but is the amount of games he’s playing taking a toll on some of his performances recently?
Saka is the eighth most-fouled player in the Premier League with 45 free kicks awarded in his favour. It is those fouls that have gone unpunished which have caused a feeling of unjust at the Emirates Stadium this season.
Bukayo Saka spoke to ESPN about the amount of games he’s played this season & the amount of times he gets fouled during a game. Here is his response…
“I just try to be as professional as possible, take care of myself. Eat the best, sleep as much as I can. When I’m in training learn as much as I can and in the games just play 100%. I leave the rest in God’s hands.
God’s been taking care of me. Some tackles, I could have been lucky but I wouldn’t call it luck. I believe in God and he’s taking care of me. I’ve just been staying fit and hopefully I can continue doing my best for Arsenal on the pitch so we can have some happiness at the end of the season now.”
Bukayo Saka hasn’t missed any of Arsenal’s last 69 league games. The longest current run of consecutive appearances in the Premier League. The last Arsenal player to feature in more successive league games was Gael Clichy, a run of 78 games ending in April 2009.
Bukayo Saka also spoke about whether he needs more rest than he’s currently getting this season…
“I’d say mentally, I’m just happy to be on the pitch. If I put it to you this way: would I rather be injured or on the pitch, I want to be on the pitch. If I ask myself when I was younger where I would want to be, and it was on the pitch playing for Arsenal every week competing at the highest level, I’d take it. So, I’m happy.
I just want to continue to push to the end of the season and then in the summer I can lock myself in my room and sleep for the rest of the summer.”