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Mikel Arteta cautions Arsenal stars they can’t let whizkids Saka and

MIKEL ARTETA says Arsenal needs to stop counting on young guns Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka so much.

The pair again starred as Arteta’s side whipped Slavia Prague in the Europa League.

Stats show Toolbox accomplish much better results when BOTH Smith Rowe, 20, and 19-year-old Saka begin matches.

Manager Arteta said: “They understand playing every game is impossible, so we have to alter those statistics.

” It tells you a lot about what has actually occurred this season.

” 8 months back, if any person had stated that we were going to rely so much on these 2 guys to get an outcome, you would have said we were not going to remain in a strong position.

” That is our reality. We have to change that truth because it doesn’t enter our favour.”

In spite of Thursday’s impressive 4-0 victory in Prague, Arsenal’s season is hanging by a thread.

If the Gunners fail to beat their former boss Unai Emery and his Villarreal side in the semi-final, their only route into Europe next season will be through league position.

And today Arsenal are ninth, heading for their worst surface considering that 1994-95– the last time they failed to make a place.


The expression ‘don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ has a direct equivalent in Spanish and Arteta is adamant it would be a ‘big mistake’ to stake whatever on Europa League success.

The Arsenal employer said: “I love that phrase. My father constantly tells me that because I was 15 years of ages. We can not do that. The league is essential.

” There are a great deal of points to play for and there have been a great deal of changes in recent weeks in regards to the table.

” We want to be included right up until the last match and the way to do it is to put a run together ourselves.”

Frequently this season, the Gunners have actually failed to act on great efficiencies and results, although this time the midweek triumph came directly after an another impressive 3-0 win against Sheffield United.

Arteta said: “After the positive efficiency and result we got versus Sheffield, to do it again the method we did is reassuring.

” It breeds confidence. There’s a level we can reach, and when we play at that level, we are an actually tough group to play against.

” We can decline anything less than that. That is the bar that we need to set ourselves.”

Chelsea’s 5-2 defeat by lowly West Brom earlier this month need to be a lesson to the Arsenal players about what might happen if they let their requirements drop versus struggling Fulham on Sunday.

Arteta included: “In this league when you take the foot off the gas a bit, you understand what is going to occur.

” And even when you go full gas, any group can still beat you.

” So you do not offer any margins away due to the fact that you are going to get exposed.

” We have actually conceded and distributed a great deal of points. That has actually put our season under scrutiny and put ourselves in a position we are not comfortable with.”

TOOLBOX (most likely): Leno, Cedric, Holding, Gabriel, Xhaka, Partey, Ceballos, Saka, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Lacazette.

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