Bukayo Saka unveils strategy to evade double marking from Premier League teams

Arsenal's young ace Bukayo Saka || Image credit: Imago

Bukayo Saka unveils strategy to evade double marking from Premier League teams

Izuchukwu Akawor 16:21 - 27.11.2023

Bukayo Saka proved decisive again for Arsenal against Brentford in the Premier League.

Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka has found himself under constant pressure from opposing teams in the Premier League, facing the challenge of teams assigning two defenders to limit his impact. 

But despite the defensive tactics, he has found a way to continue to make significant progress and contributions for the Gunners, with six goals and nine assists this season. 

Saka’s plan for Arsenal

With 13 matches gone in the new season, the England-born Nigeria has been double-marked in almost every game he has played. 

But according to a report from the Standard, the 22-year-old has acknowledged the need to adapt to this defensive tactic from teams.

Bukayo Saka in action for Arsenal || Photo Credit: Imago

After playing a decisive role in his latest match, providing the vital assist that led to Kai Havertz’s winner against Brentford, Saka shares an insight on how he is working to improve by rewatching his matches. 

“I feel like a lot of games I’m facing a double team with two guys on me and it’s the same for Gabi (Martinelli),” Saka said.

Bukayo Saka the young player of the year. | Photo Credit: Imago

“It’s happening in every game. I keep watching all my games back trying to find a solution, what I can do better. 

“In the end, I just feel like I need to understand that this is how it’s going to be this season and I just need to deal with it and keep finding a way like I did today. That’s what I need to keep doing.”

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Arsenal’s recent victory against the Bees moved them to the top of the table, with the clean sheet showcasing the team’s defensive solidity.

But despite boasting the best defensive record in the league, Saka believes the Gunners must improve offensively.

Bukayo Saka has been involved in nine goals this season for Arsenal. (Photo Credit: Imago)

“The managers know a bit more how we play and it’s up to us to adapt in each game and to find a solution,” he added. 

“Of course, each game is different but we know that we can be a lot better. We’re especially working on breaking teams down, but we’re still getting really good results and we’re top of the league. So we can be really happy.”

Saka and Arsenal will switch attention to the Champions League, where they host Ligue 1 side Lens before welcoming Wolves at the Emirates in the Premier League on Saturday. 

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