Jamie Redknapp names Arsenal player who has been Mikel Arteta’s ‘shining light’ this season

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Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes teenage sensation Bukayo Saka has been Arsenal’s star player so far this season, but has warned his teammates have let him down at times.
Redknapp made the admission ahead of Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Everton on Saturday night, which left them mulling over a seventh loss in their last 10 Premier League outings.

Nicolas Pepe annulled his own goal from Rob Holding with a penalty before Everton restored his advantage just before half-time thanks to a powerful header from center-back Yerry Mina.

For all they got in the second half, it wasn’t enough, with creativity again proving a problem in the final third.


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Although the Premier League campaign now has 14 appearances, the Gunners have only scored 12 times this season, making it clear that they have a problem creating chances and putting them away.

However, despite the likes of Pepe, Willian, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who missed the trip to Merseyside with a muscle problem, and Alexandre Lacazette missed so far this season, Redknapp thinks a lot of praise should be given to Saka, with the former England international suggesting his underachieving Arsenal teammates have put pressure on his young shoulders.

Redknapp told Sky Sports: “He’s been their light, but he’s 19. It puts so much pressure on a young man.

“He plays fearlessly, he gets things done – in the middle of the week when he scores the goal for [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang. But you need the experienced players to help you out, that’s Arsenal’s biggest problem.



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“When you’re in a position like Arsenal the fans want to see the young players, the local players, have an opportunity and Saka is the one where you think something might happen when he gets the ball.

“It was the others who let him down. “

While Saka has impressed at times this season, however, his stats don’t make the best viewing, with the youngster having only scored one goal and won two assists in 17 appearances this season.

However, to be fair to the England international, he wasn’t helped by Arsenal’s problems in front of goals, without missing out on opportunities.

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