Bukayo Saka has refuted suggestions that he is “carrying Arsenal”, with the 19-year-old eager to point out that football remains “a team sport” and he needs assistance.

The home-grown part of immediate and long-term plans at Emirates Stadium is taking on ever-increasing levels of responsibility despite his tender years.

Saka is well regarded at Arsenal with a new contract coming his way, but the England international is eager to avoid any more pressure on his young shoulders.

Saka has told Standard Sport of his role with the Gunners:

“I don’t feel pressure from external voices. I’ve always wanted to have the courage to play, to be the one that’s visible when everyone’s heads are down.

“I don’t think that I’m the player that’s carrying Arsenal. In football, it is 11 men. I don’t think that I can do anything just by myself. It’s a team sport.”

The 2020-21 campaign has been another inconsistent one for Arsenal, currently 10th in the Premier League.

Saka is, however, among those to have penned fresh terms – with Folarin Balogun recently doing likewise – and the teenager is happy with his decision to commit to the Gunners.

He added on signing a long-term deal to 2024:

“For me, it was just to think about what was best for my career and I fe


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