Tony Adams has warned Arsenal need to keep six key stars in shape if they are to win the Premier League as reserve players are ‘mid-explosive’… Arsenal legend also claims Bukayo Saka should win Player of the Year award
- Tony Adams claims that the pursuit of the Gunners title depends on the fitness of the main stars
- The former legendary captain praised Bukayo Saka’s performance this season
- Arsenal resume their title quest when they host Leeds United on Saturday
Tony Adams has warned Arsenal’s title hopes could hinge on keeping six key players fit until the end of the season.
Mikel Arteta’s side are currently eight points clear of the Premier League with 10 games remaining of the season, although champions Manchester City have a match in hand.
Adams claimed that Arsenal’s recent defeat by Sporting Lisbon in the last 16 of the Europa League showed the team’s reserve players were “mid-explosive”.
The former Arsenal captain said the result shows the club needs to keep its key stars in the second phase, before they invest heavily in the summer to boost their expected return to the Champions League.
“Playing in the Champions League next season will be a whole new ball game for Arsenal,” Adams said. the sun.
Oleksandr Zinchenko, right, is one of six stars Tony Adams believes Arsenal should keep fit
Adams said the defender’s reserve players looked “incredible” in their Europa League defeat
Midfielder Thomas Partey is among the key players in Mikel Arteta’s title-chasing side
And it will be really difficult for the current team to compete at this level while also challenging for the title.
We all saw what happened when Mikel rested two of his big boys in the Europa League last week.
The reserves looked mediocre and lost out to Sporting Lisbon off the field.
At the moment, they need Bukayo (Saka), Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Olix Zinchenko to play every week because they have a team that almost chooses itself.
Adams singled out Saka for a starring role in Arsenal’s surprise title challenge this season.
The England winger reached twice as many goals and assists during the season, with Adams urging the club to sign the 21-year-old on a long-term contract.
Adams claimed Saka was Footballer of the Year due to his performances for club and country.
The Arsenal legend has insisted Bukayo Saka is their player of the year
Adams claimed that Saka is the best player in world football except for World Cup winner Lionel Messi.
“Bukayo is absolutely on fire, and the reason Arsenal are top of the table,” said Adams.
Erling Haaland may have scored hundreds of goals for Manchester City, and Marcus Rashford is also having a great season with United.
“But Bukayo is player of the year because he was England’s player of the year at the World Cup and was the team’s best player by eight points at the top of the Premier League.”
Arsenal will return to Premier League action after the international break when they host Leeds at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.