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Arteta must find time to rest Saka and Smith Rowe – but what then for Arsenal?


Arsenal still need to find another gear in attack but have remained as reliant on their young players as they were last season to do the heavy lifting.

Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka are Mikel Arteta’s most used players in all competitions this season. Smith Rowe is top, having played 1,085 minutes, while Saka has played 998. Add their England duties (under-21 and senior teams) to this and there has been little time to rest for either player of late, even without the strain of midweek European football.

Smith Rowe had his first proper pre-season in two years this summer, but has been indispensable since his ascension last December. With Martin Odegaard his only real creative support, there has not been much opportunity to rotate the 21-year-old, with him even playing 30 minutes against AFC Wimbledon and another 72 against Leeds United in the League Cup.

Shouldering this responsibility is not new to Saka.

He ended last season as Arsenal’s second most-used outfield player. He then went to Euro 2020 with England, played four of a possible seven games in the tournament and helped them to the final on July 11. Thirty-three days later on August 13, the then-19-year-old was brought on to try to salvage a result as Arsenal lost 2-0 on the opening day of the





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