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The Insider's View: Arsenal need to protect Saka from burnout after Euro 2020 run

Arsenal ace Bukayo Saka is set for one last battle at Euro 2020 after he helped England overcome Denmark.

The ace helped pull the Three Lions back into the tie against the Danes with his cutback for Simon Kjaer’s own goal. It set the nation on its way to its first major final for 55 years.

Saka has featured heavily during the latter half of the European Championship. It comes after the 19-year-old sat on the bench for the opening two group games.

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However, he’s become a crucial member of the starting XI for Gareth Southgate. And there are a few worries over his regular game time since his rise to stardom.

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Arsenal need to protect Saka from burnout amid Euro 2020 run

It’s been non-stop football for the youngster over the course of the last two years.

His rise to senior football started at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season. He was a regular in the Europa League side, however, quickly earned his stripes in the Premier League team.

Overall, the £30k-p/w young star has played a staggering 84 games across the last two campaigns. And after a prolonged run for England at Euro 2020, Arsenal need to protect Saka from potential burnout.

The Gunners have first-hand experience of what can happen if a youngster plays too much.

Jack Wilshere, who made his debut in 2008, fell foul of too many games at a young age, later becoming injury-prone. It seems to have single-handedly destroyed the midfielder’s career.

29-years-old and without a club, the north London giants have been given a warning about over-playing youngsters.

It wouldn’t be a stretch to claim Saka’s career is in the balance over the course of next season. Wilshere is a prime example of why youngsters need rest at the start of their careers.

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