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Bukayo Saka has been mainly used on the left-wing by Mikel Arteta this season despite having better feats on the right-hand side, which could make him raise the dreaded question

Arsenal has now failed to win their last two Premier Leagues games in which both results have seen underwhelming performances.

In these draws against Brighton and Crystal Palace, the Gunners have lacked attacking fluidity and failed to build clear-cut chances.

Bukayo Saka who topped on the right-hand side and scored overlapping with an assist in the North London derby against Tottenham has been used predominantly in the left-wing position by Arteta which hasn’t worked.

This has been a major component in Arsenal’s downfall of creativity which could also disrupt the form of the Englishman.

Bukayo Saka has established himself as one of Arsenal’s best players in the last 18 months. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Saka has only started on his preferred right-hand side once in the league this season which had a great impact on the team in the derby.

It has been the only Premier League game this season where Arsenal managed to score more than two goals in a single game.

The 20-year-old managed two goal assists which are more than the other seven games combined when he has featured on the left.

He is used in this position to include Nicholas Pepe who can cut in on his preferred left-foot when playing on the right-hand side.

Nicolas Pepe is primarily used as a right-winger under Mikel Arteta. Despite Pepe featuring in this position for the Gunners every time he’s been available for selection so far, he has been highly ineffective as he is yet to score in the league.

With Saka and the Ivorian not contributing to the goals enough, it has meant Arsenal have scored fewer goals than games played for the first time in Premier League history after game week eight.

The Englishman showed a lot of energy in the match against Crystal Palace but was forced to keep coming inside on his weaker right foot.


Oxlade-ChamberlainThe youngster prefers the right-hand side as his performances are at a much higher standard when playing him here.

If Arteta goes on to field him on the left which disrupts his form it could lead to dissatisfaction and we have seen English youngsters departing the club in the past after being played out of position with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain being the example after he expressed his desire to play in central midfield and not at right-back.

Pepe and Saka shuffled sides towards the end of last season and it worked a treat as the Ivorian international had his best spell as an Arsenal player whilst playing on the left-hand side.

This makes the situation even more frustrating that Arteta is set on using Saka on the left-hand side.

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