Ian Wright admits he’s worried about Bukayo Saka having to carry the expectation of being Arsenal’s creative spark at such a young age.
Saka was on target for the Gunners on Tuesday night, as they came from behind to beat Southampton 3-1 at Saint Mary’s.
The 19-year-old is a mainstay in Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side and has already featured in 26 matches in all competitions this season.
Wright is a huge admirer of Saka but fears overexposure to the first team at such a young age, along with the expectation that comes with that, could do him more harm than good.
“When you consider Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe had to go off with cramp, that just indicates the amount of work they were doing,” Wright said on Optus Sport.
“Saka, everybody is worried about him because he is so young and he has the weight of being expected to create for all of Arsenal – same with Smith Rowe and when Martinelli comes back – but they are doing it at the moment.
“Arsenal have to play with that intensity. They kept it simple, closed them down, got forward quicker, and they are able to punish teams.
“Smith Rowe went off with cramp, you’re hoping Saka can stay fit, if anything happens to those guys, from a creative point of view.
“Those are the guys that are pushing Arsenal forward alongside Thomas Partey [and] if anything happens to them it could start to stall again.”
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