Saka’s alarming Arsenal stats vs Man City has followers insisting ‘he was hooked off’

Bukayo Saka’s alarming stats in opposition to Manchester City prompted followers to say he was “hooked off” after a dismal show on the largest stage.

The Arsenal winger didn’t seem his typical scintillating self within the 0-0 draw on the Etihad on Sunday. Saka had missed the worldwide break with England as a result of an harm, and so the Gunners trustworthy have been buzzing to have their star man again for the crunch Premier League fixture in what was a vital sport within the title race.

He went down with some discomfort within the 78th minute and was attended to by a physio. The 22-year-old was escorted off the pitch as he held his leg, earlier than being changed by Gabriel Martinelli.

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Stats posted on X later revealed the extent of Saka’s poor efficiency, although, having did not register a single profitable dribble, correct cross or go into the ultimate third all through his show. That prompted social media trolls to say the Arsenal man feigned his harm simply so it did not seem they have been substituting him off for a sub-par displaying.

One X person wrote: “They brought on the physio to accompany Saka off so it doesn’t look like he was hooked,” whereas one other tweeted: “They gonna run the ‘he wasn’t 100% fit’ again.”

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The England star went down holding his leg
The England star went down holding his leg

Yet regardless of these claims, Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta mentioned post-match that Saka – who has a formidable 16 objectives and 12 assists throughout the Premier League and Cham[ions League thus far this season – was taken off as a result of fatigue, having solely skilled as soon as previous to the City sport. “As you know he has been out for a few weeks now with a little problem and he was feeling that fatigue,” Arteta explained.

“Right now, he hasn’t trained. He trained one day before the match – he had a big contribution, but 90 minutes were too much for him today.”

Saka struggled to make an impact against City
Saka struggled to make an influence in opposition to City

Despite his lacklustre show, Saka nonetheless may have notched an help when he performed an incisive ball throughout the six-yard field for Gabriel Jesus to tap-in. But the Brazilian, up in opposition to his outdated membership whereas getting booed by the house followers, couldn’t fairly attain the ball.

Saka’s efficiency was symptomatic of Arsenal’s wider struggles on the day, having sat very deep as they struggled to get into their rhythm at a floor the place they final received means again in 2015. Arteta’s males accomplished simply 194 passes in opposition to Pep Guardiola’s champions. That determine was by far their fewest in a league sport this season, with their earlier fewest being 304.

On the plus aspect for the Gunners, they averted defeat and sit second within the desk, some extent forward of City and two behind Liverpool. Arsenal additionally comfortably have one of the best aim distinction proper now and one of the best head-to-head document in opposition to both rival with 9 video games left to play within the title run-in. Arsenal host Luton on Wednesday whereas Aston Villa go to City that evening, after which Liverpool welcome Sheffield United to Anfield on Thursday.