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

first_imgAdvertisement 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.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhen 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.’ Comment 📋 Our north London derby team news…🇨🇮 Pepe returns to the side🇬🇦 Auba also starts🇫🇷 Laca completes the front line#️⃣ #TOTARS— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 12, 2020 Advertisementcenter_img Mikel Arteta reveals why Bukayo Saka is benched for Arsenal’s clash vs Tottenham Arteta also backed Pepe to shine after missing Arsenal’s last two games.‘Nico has been phenomenal,’ said the Arsenal manager.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘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.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 12 Jul 2020 4:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link175Shareslast_img read more