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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was left frustrated by Bukayo Saka’s performance as the Gunners earned a crucial victory over Manchester City in Leeds.
Saka, 19, was deployed in attack for the game but failed to impose himself on the game as the Gunners managed a crucial three points, leaving them seven points clear of fourth-placed Chelsea.
The Nigerian-born forward had been a star performer in recent weeks, scoring in the 3-1 defeat of Leicester last week, but was unable to make his mark against City.
Arteta was visibly annoyed with Saka’s performance, and the teenager was eventually taken off after just 59 minutes.
The Spaniard said afterwards: “I think Bukayo was trying, and he's a very talented player.
“But I think he was a little bit frustrated and maybe he wasn’t able to express himself as well as he could.
“I think it was a good decision to take him off, and give him a little bit of time to think about what he needs to do better.”
It was an important win for the Gunners, with their top four ambitions now firmly back on track.
The win was Arsenal’s third in a row, and the club have now taken 12 points from a possible 15 since the restart, putting them in the driving seat for a Champions League spot.
The result also proved a big setback to City’s title ambitions, as the Citizens are now 10 points behind leaders Liverpool with just five games left to play.
Saka’s performance may have been below par, but the teenager can take solace in the fact that he played a major role in helping Arsenal to victory.
The Gunners will now look to build on their win as they prepare for their next game against Brighton on Wednesday.