Will Saka return to winger role when Tierney returns?

Bukayo Saka has become a fans favourite at Arsenal this season, but having utilised the left-back role in the absence of Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac, he could be set for a bit-part role.

The 18 year-old has been a consistent bright spark in a tumultuous campaign, and has raised himself in standings when continuing to impress in a new role, and should find himself amongst the nominations for Arsenal Player of the Year.

Rio Ferdinand claimed that he could well find himself sidelined thanks to the return of Tierney to fitness of late, but I would argue that he will simply return to his more favoured role on the wing.

The former England defender seemed to claim that Arsenal may have to play Tierney after splashing out on him last summer, and while KT has done nothing wrong on or off the pitch, Saka has done more in the role this term. Rio said: “He is going to have to fight Tierney for a position because he’s an investment they have paid. Are they going to have to play him?”

He could well find himself having to battle with Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Aubameyang, Reiss Nelson and Mesut Ozil for match minutes now in the future.

For me, Saka is by far the most exciting player that we have played this season, and he and Aubameyang would be starting in any and every key match left this season.

I hope that the youngsters contract issues with the club can be sorted out sooner rather than later, and that this will not hamper his influence on the remainder of the campaign as we look to climb back into the European spots this term.

Patrick

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3 Comments

  1. ThirdManJW says:

    Only if it means Auba then plays upfront.

  2. Robert Acedius says:

    Hopefully. If he see himself as a winger, let him play winger. I think every guy plays best in the position he want’s to play. Saka is not a particularly good left wing back, of that simple reason that he is no wing back. The second half against Everton was dreadful. Three-four times Saka did big mistakes. Just luck saved the game for Asn’l.

  3. NWL Dan says:

    Tierney needs to get back to full match sharpness. Remember he’s been out injured for so long and has only played a few games and had limited training since last summer.
    I don’t think there will be any more football this season. That will give him a lot more time to work on his fitness and when the squad finally start to train together again he will have time to work on his sharpness.
    It all depends on Aubameyang staying or leaving.
    If he stays then Saka and Martinelli can fight it out for the left wing. On what we have seen both are more than capable to play there leaving Aubameyang to move back to his best position as the main striker. Lacazette should be dropped to the bench.
    If Aubameyang leaves then Saka is a nailed on favourite for the wing. I can see Martinelli being left on the bench as cover for either Lacazette or Saka.

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