Campbell worried about Saka after what he spotted in Arsenal win against Olympiacos
Kevin Campbell fears Bukayo Saka is “jaded” after Arsenal beat Olympiacos 3-1 in the Europa League.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners striker claimed the 19-year-old has not been himself in recent weeks and urged other players at the club to help share the burden.
Saka has been Arsenal’s standout performer this season – he won the club’s player of the month award for the third time in row earlier this week.
𝗔𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 Player of the Month award 👊
🏆 December 2020
🏆 January 2021
🏆 February 2021
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 9, 2021
He has contributed six goals and seven assists in 33 appearances across all competitions this season and no player in Mikel Arteta’s side has set up more goals.
However, he produced an uncharacteristically poor performance in the 1-1 draw at Burnley last weekend – he was off target with all three of his shots and won just 25 per cent of his duels (Wyscout).
The youngster started Thursday’s last-16 first leg clash against Olympiakos and lasted 82 minutes before he was subbed.
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He made little attacking impact, lost possession 12 times and lost 50 per cent of his duels (Sofascore).
When asked for his thoughts on Saka, Campbell told Football Insider: “Saka has looked jaded in the last couple of games he has played.
“He wasn’t his bright self against Burnley. He did OK on occasions but in the big moments… I mean that chance. You have to bury that chance but he didn’t.
“He huffed and puffed in the second half after moving into midfield when we changed system. He didn’t look himself but that can happen because he is only young.
“There has been a lot of pressure on him and he’s only 19. He’s been carrying the football club and he needs people to help him.”