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Arsenal fans were left raging by Mikel Arteta's decision not to substitute talisman Bukayo Saka during Sunday's draw with West Ham.
The winger has been in outstanding form for the Gunners this season and has been one of the key figures behind their title charge. But despite his importance to Arteta's side, supporters were frustrated the 21-year-old stayed on the field for the entire game.
Saka had an afternoon to forget at the London Stadium as he spurned the chance to extend Arsenal's lead from the penalty spot, firing his effort wide. Just moments later West Ham pulled level thanks to Jarrod Bowen's equaliser, leaving Saka ruing his costly miss.
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Arsenal supporters took aim at their manager on social media over his faith in Saka. "Watch Arteta make changes and still leave Saka on!" one fumed, before adding: "Arteta is a big fool!!! How can you still leave Saka on!!!"
Another tweeted: "Saka is not in this game. Arteta, bring on [Leandro] Trossard."
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Arteta did do just that and brought Belgian winger Trossard on along with four other players, but it wasn't Saka who made way. Instead, the Spanish coach withdrew Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney.
His changes were to no avail as Arsenal failed to grab a winner and dropped two crucial points in their fierce title race with Manchester City.
Fans were quick to criticise Arteta for his choices of substitutions. "Arteta f****** take Saka [off], let Jesus play from the left, put Trossard in the middle. God, this Guy will be the end of me," one blasted.
Others branded the Gunners boss "hard-headed" while slamming Saka for being "lost" against the Hammers.
One fan brutally concluded: "Arteta bottled it ffs, horrible subs. He never takes off Saka, he's been rubbish."
Arsenal have had their lead cut down to just four points this weekend after City's 3-1 win over Leicester on Saturday, while Pep Guardiola's side also boast a game in hand.
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