Bukayo Saka: Arsenal Star Reveals Club Held Meeting With PGMOL Over His Treatment

Bukayo Saka: Arsenal Star Reveals Club Held Meeting With PGMOL Over His Treatment

Elijah Odetokun
March 15, 2023 at 9:52 AM
  • Bukayo Saka is one of the most important players in Arsenal's title-chasing team
  • The England international has been a target of rough tackles from opponents due to his skills
  • Head coach Mikel Arteta has continuously called for protection for the 21-year-old

Mikel Arteta is leading Arsenal's title chase and hopes to win their first title since the legendary Invincibles of 2003/04.

Bukayo Saka is one of the most important to that title charge. The England international has scored 10 goals and provided nine more assists in 27 league games.

He is one of the most fouled players in the division, having been a target of rough tackles due to his pace and trickery, which he uses to leave opponents for dead on his favoured right wing.

Bukayo Saka, Arsenal, Craven Cottage.
Bukayo Saka down injured after receiving a bad tackle in the 3-0 win over Fulham. Photo by David Price.
Source: Getty Images

Arsenal held meeting with referees

As reported by Goal, Arteta called on referees to protect his star player, with the player hobbling off with bad tackles in almost every game, having been fouled 45 times this season.

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The English player of Nigerian descent has now revealed in an interview with Evening Standard a step taken by the club to ensure the league's officials protect him.

''I can't come out here and start complaining that I'm getting fouled. It doesn't make sense. I'm not going to get anywhere with it,'' he said.
''Arsenal have had the meetings they need to have with the referees and stuff like that. I feel like we just need to take it from there and see where that gets us. The way I play, I'm always going to attract contact.''

According to Metro UK, opposition players average one yellow card for every 11.25 fouls they commit on Saka. In contrast, fouls committed on Jack Grealish, the second-most fouled player in the league behind Wilfried Zaha result in a yellow card every 4.9 times.

Saka meets young fan

Sports Brief earlier reported that Saka met a young fan who wrote him a letter and gifted him his pocket money after he missed a decisive penalty at Euro 2020.

The Arsenal academy graduate had a kickabout at Emirates Stadium with the boy, and the two also enjoyed ice cream, which the boy requested in the letter.

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