Theo Walcott questions why Mikel Arteta did not substitute Arsenal star vs Crystal Palace
Posted by  badge Boss on Jan 21
Theo Walcott felt Bukayo Saka should have been rested (Picture: Sky Sports)

Former star has questioned why did not substitute during Saturday’s 5-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Saka is Arsenal’s biggest attacking threat and has produced six goals and seven assists across 20 Premier League games this term.

But some have and have suggested that it may be the reason why Saka has .

Saturday’s clash at the Emirates would have been the perfect opportunity for Arteta to take off Saka given that the Gunners had a 3-0 lead after 59 minutes.

But Arsenal manager Arteta decided to keep him on the pitch for the full match and used up his five substitutes on other players.

‘As a player now I look at the bigger picture and wonder why Bukayo Saka hasn’t been subbed off yet,’ Walcott told the BBC in the 73rd minute of the game.

‘The sort of player he is, the fact is that he gets kicked all over the pitch most games.

Bukayo Saka failed to register a goal or assist against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)

‘Leandro Trossard has just come off, but Saka with all the games he plays is still out there.’

Arsenal by referees.

The north Londoners believe stronger deterrents should be in place to prevent Saka from being targeted and singled out for particularly rough treatment.