Mikel Arteta reveals why Bukayo Saka is benched for Arsenal’s clash vs Tottenham

Bukayo Saka has been benched by Mikel Arteta for Arsenal's trip to Spurs
Bukayo Saka has been benched by Mikel Arteta for Arsenal’s trip to Spurs (Getty/Sky)

Mikel Arteta admits he will continue to rotate his squad after deciding to drop Bukayo Saka for Arsenal’s north London derby against Tottenham.

The 18-year-old has been in superb form since the Premier League restart and has delivered two excellent performances in his last two appearances against Wolves and Leicester City.

But Arteta has decided to shake-up his starting line-up for his side’s trip to Spurs and Pepe has been given a place in Arsenal’s attack alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Saka, who has four goals and 10 assists for Arsenal this season, has been named on the bench.

When asked about the decision to bench Saka, Arteta told Sky Sports: ‘He’s played a lot of games, we have a lot of games coming up, we have to rotate some players, we had some issues during the week.

‘Every week will be a little bit different.’

Arteta also backed Pepe to shine after missing Arsenal’s last two games.

‘Nico has been phenomenal,’ said the Arsenal manager.

‘He had a personal issue 10 days ago – he’s been out, now he’s back in.

‘He was firing, he was scoring goials, he was performing really well.

‘I have big belief in him again today to make a difference.’

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