Former Arsenal hero Bacary Sagna urges his former team not to rely too heavily on young stars like Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale to ensure their success this season … because enormous ‘pressure’ can negatively affect their mental health.
- Bacary Sagna enjoyed a successful seven-year spell playing for Arsenal
- He’s still a fan of the club now, but he’s given Mikel Arteta a stern warning
- Sagna says gunners can’t rely too much on his impressive young talent
- He says the pressure is too much and could negatively affect his mental health.
Bacary Sagna has warned his former team, Arsenal, not to put too much pressure on their young players in a bid to ensure success in the Premier League this season.
The former defender spent seven years at the Emirates and remains a fan of the club, insisting he was “not happy” with the start of the current season.
They’re now on a 10-game unbeaten streak, with players like Emile Smith Rowe, Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka flying, but Sagna says you can’t pressure players that young.
Bukayo Saka (left) and Emile Smith Rowe have been shining for Arsenal this season
Bacary Sagna (left) enjoyed success at Arsenal but has given the club a stark warning
“Children cannot be trusted,” he told the Metro. ‘You can’t do that, they are 19, 20 years old and people push them a lot, along with critics on social media.
‘All this pressure can have a negative impact on your mental health. I’m glad that things are changing and have changed as I’ve been through it.
“ When I had bad games, I wanted to hide and stay in bed, and I was older. So imagine how the kids are coping. I’m not sure I handled it that well.
Sagna has told Mikel Arteta (pictured) not to trust his younger players too much.
Former defender Sagna ended his MLS career with Montreal Impact before retiring in 2019
Smith Rowe, Saka and Ramsdale, as well as Gabriel Magalhaes and Takehiro Tomiyasu, are under 24 years old and have been vital to Mikel Arteta’s team so far this season.
The Gunners manager has stayed true to his principles despite a difficult start to the current campaign, and now sees his team in fifth place as they head to Anfield to face Liverpool on Saturday night.
“The atmosphere and the mood in the team is totally different from what it was at the beginning of the season,” adds Sagna. “It is clear that confidence is key, but for that you need a strong column of experienced players.”